- Mobile Home is the second and final album by Longpigs, released in 1999 on U2's record label Mother.
- a large house trailer that can be connected to utilities and can be parked in one place and used as permanent housing
- Mobile homes or static caravans (also informally called "caravans" or "trailers") are prefabricated homes built in factories, rather than on site, and then taken to the place where they will be occupied.
- A large house trailer that is parked in one particular place and used as a permanent living accommodation
- A how-to or a how to is an informal, often short, description of how to accomplish some specific task. A how-to is usually meant to help non-experts, may leave out details that are only important to experts, and may also be greatly simplified from an overall discussion of the topic.
- (How To’s) Multi-Speed Animations
- Practical advice on a particular subject; that gives advice or instruction on a particular topic
- a formal way of referring to the condition of something; "the building was in good repair"
- Make good (such damage) by fixing or repairing it
- restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"
- Fix or mend (a thing suffering from damage or a fault)
- Put right (a damaged relationship or unwelcome situation)
- the act of putting something in working order again
- The structure forming the upper covering of a building or vehicle
- a protective covering that covers or forms the top of a building
- The top inner surface of a covered area or space; the ceiling
- Used to signify a house or other building, esp. in the context of hospitality or shelter
- provide a building with a roof; cover a building with a roof
- the inner top surface of a covered area or hollow space; "the roof of the cave was very high"; "I could see the roof of the bear's mouth"
What Went Wrong > Miami Herald, December 20, 1992 > Page 2
SPECIAL REPORT: WHAT WENT WRONG
FAILURE OF DESIGN AND DISCIPLINE
JEFF LEEN, STEPHEN K. DOIG and LISA GETTER Herald Staff Writers
Section: SPECIAL SECTION
Like a latent fingerprint found at a crime scene, a clear pattern has appeared in the vast sprawl of destruction left by Hurricane Andrew.
The storm's deadly imprint emerged from a three-month Miami Herald investigation that used computers to analyze 60,000 damage inspection reports.
A computer created a color-coded map showing how 420 neighborhoods weathered the storm. When a map of estimated wind zones was superimposed over the damage, the pattern became unmistakable:
Many of the worst-hit neighborhoods were far from the worst winds.
The damage wasn't consistent -- some ravaged neighborhoods sat next to others with much less destruction.
The analysis turned up another startling fact: Newer houses did worse than older ones.
A lot worse, in fact. Houses built since 1980 were 68 percent more likely to be uninhabitable after the hurricane than homes built earlier.
The age pattern settles a debate that erupted after Andrew's winds died: What was responsible for most of the damage? Only the wind? Or shoddy construction, faulty design and flimsy materials?
For most newer homes, how they were built was more important than where they were located -- and thus how they were affected by the wind -- in determining the extent of destruction. In other words, man is to blame for a considerable part of the damage.
"We're talking about $100,000 to $150,000 losses which should have been $25,000 to $50,000 losses," said Dean Flesner, a State Farm vice president.
"We're talking about families whose lives have been totally destroyed because their home is uninhabitable, versus families who probably could have remained in the home while repairs were made."
Why did houses built since 1980 do so poorly in the storm? To find out, The Herald investigated scores of building and design failures, as well as the county's system for preventing them.
There was ample evidence of breakdowns in the construction and inspection safeguards meant to protect the public from exactly the sort of devastation dealt out by Andrew.
* A close examination of eight storm-damaged subdivisions built by some of Dade's largest developers revealed houses shot through with so many construction and design flaws they became easy targets for the hurricane.
* Building inspectors, faced with a boom in construction, were pressured to perform up to four times the number of inspections that should properly be done in a day.
"You don't build a bad house or a bad building except on purpose," said Harley Lasseter, 87, a member since 1959 of the county Board of Rules and Appeals, which oversees the building code. "They don't go up accidentally. Sorry workmanship and the supervision is bad, or someone has found some way to get around the code."
Builders angrily deny that shoddy construction was a significant factor in determining hurricane damage. For them, the hurricane alone was the culprit.
"Why are we still picking on the hurricane when we have so much rebuilding to do?" said William Delgado, executive director of the Latin Builders Association. "Why are we nitpicking on the little things? For how long is the media going to try to crucify the builders who really had nothing to do with a hurricane that exceeded code?"
But the computer analysis shows widespread destruction in areas where the sustained wind appears to have been far below the 120-mile-per-hour standard mandated by the South Florida Building Code, according to preliminary determinations by scientists working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The findings are supported by an independent engineering study obtained by The Herald. The study, commissioned by a major insurance company, estimated maximum sustained wind above 120 mph in only a relatively small area south of Cutler Ridge encompassing Princeton, Naranja Lakes, Homestead and Florida City.
The insurance company's engineers inspected 121 houses in areas where the sustained winds were estimated below 120 mph and concluded that 70 percent had damage traceable to code violations.
"Up until the storm the criteria for acceptance was whatever you got by with on the last job because the inspector didn't catch it or there wasn't an inspector," said James Marks, a Coral Gables structural engineer who has inspected about 100 homes damaged by Hurricane Andrew for homeowners making repairs and insurance claims. "And that became the standard of the industry.
"The builders are far from being adequate. Why was this horrible construction done? Who allowed it and who permitted it to happen? Let's face it. It's there."
The Dade grand jury, assigned to investigate what went wrong after Andrew, came to the same overall conclusion:
"While we, as a community, have s
Goodnight and Good Luck
Well, good morning, I suppose. Ike's eyewall is currently projected to make a pass on the west side of my house, which means it might as well be a direct strike. The east side of the storm is the "dirty side", it's the side with the most rain, the highest storm surge, and just the most damage causing conditions possible all around. Our house isn't in a totally low-lying area, but it isn't 30 feet above sea level, either.
We haven't made the decision to evacuate yet, but I'm pretty sure we will. Regardless, where we're going doesn't have Internet, or we're going to lose power here, so this will probably be the last you'll hear of me for a while. I practically use Flickr as a blog so I might as well go full tilt.
I'll be putting up the boards on the windows when I come home from a less than half day at work, and packing up the things that can't survive getting wet or are hard to replace - pictures, mobile electronics, etc. The majority of my LEGO collection is water proof, but if the roof blows off, who knows how much will actually stay in the house. I plan to bring my 9v trains with me, as they are small and travel well, as well as my minifigs, since they're hard to replace. The rest of the collection is on its own.
Hopefully the next time you hear from me will be from an in-tact Sava home with little to no damage to be repaired.