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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:08 pm



Thanks.
Past exhausted.
I do a 40 hour week and that again at the house.
Just finished rebuilding my new to me truck.
Just 30 hours invested and a couple grand using my explorer as parts.
I'll finally have transportation of my own again.
Got almost all the personal stuff and furnishings out of the house.Helpers will show next weekend to move to to the curb using my truck and trailer.
Week after goes the sheetrock and flooring
Its going slow but I do make some headway everyday and piddle with fixing the electronics at night to unwind.
All is good.
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by Solina Dave » Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:49 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Past exhausted. Just finished rebuilding my new to me truck. I'll finally have transportation of my own again. All is good.
Virgil
I just got reading your reply, to Rick and Redial, Virgil. I'm glad things are moving along, and that you can at least say, "all is good". I know you're a strong guy, and I imagine your wife digs in pretty good too, and your dog well, I'm sure is there for moral support. They can be a comfort.
Working 40 there, and then having to work 40 here, is very tough I'm sure. It can wear a guy down. It's just a thought, but maybe it would be an idea to take your wife and your dog for a cruise in the country. Take a whole day, and just give it a break. Give that truck a test drive, and maybe stop and have a nice dinner someplace.........just a thought!

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:27 pm

Thanks Dave
That's kinda my plan.Take one whole day off to regenerate and decompress.
After loosing my bike,truck and a brand new (246 miles) company service van..I'm a bit gun shy about venturing too far from home.Its a bad feeling being stranded and having to walk.

Yes the misses does a wonderful job of salvaging the cleanables.Don't let me a operate the dishwasher tho..I can get them to work but..I used the wrong cleaner...Spent the next 3 hours shoveling soap bubbles. :roll:

I'll get over it when things get back to a familiar routine.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by rick457 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:56 am

Virgil, just checking on you, hope you and the wife took some down time,
keep us posted on recovery.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by Cooney » Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:30 pm

Sorry to hear you got hit that way. I am down river in St Amant and both of my sons homes got flooded. We are doing the same things you are doing.
Virgil there are many resources here at our disposal but you have to ask for them. FEMA, Red Cross, local church's (great). USE them.
It's been a mess but we will get through this. I'm not good with carpentry but I can come and cut your grass if you don't have a mower. Let me know. David Fontenot. St Amant

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by brettchallenger » Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:11 am

Don't let me a operate the dishwasher tho..I can get them to work but..I used the wrong cleaner...Spent the next 3 hours shoveling soap bubbles
Ha ha ha. My wife did just that, she decided the supermarkets were just ripping her off with the price of dishwasher tablets. It was all my fault though.
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:36 pm

Cooney wrote:Sorry to hear you got hit that way. I am down river in St Amant and both of my sons homes got flooded. We are doing the same things you are doing.
Virgil there are many resources here at our disposal but you have to ask for them. FEMA, Red Cross, local church's (great). USE them.
It's been a mess but we will get through this. I'm not good with carpentry but I can come and cut your grass if you don't have a mower. Let me know. David Fontenot. St Amant
Thank you.I've got a couple of people gonna help move the large pile to the street Sunday(if they show up).there's no lawn,I live in the bottom woodland area,weeds are about all that grows here...blackjack just under the dirt.I even sodded with StAugistine grass.Lasted a month.
With a little more effort,I'll be starting to Rio the sheetrock next week...then the flooring.Almost got all the cabnits out of the kitchen today.
FEMA has concluded there damage assessment. $30k.Well see what happens with that.Bout done getting my replacement truck going.A few more things to do.AC if finally fixed in it.Another 16 hours.Rear end whines.I'm gonna replace the oil and get some PTFE to quiet it down.
All is well..The 16 hour days 7 days a week are taking there toll.
I'm getting a bit testy...haven't ridden a bike in forever it seems.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by Cooney » Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:21 pm

Working this weekend Virgil but if you need help with that pile post something Monday and I'll go help.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Sat Sep 17, 2016 7:02 pm

Cooney wrote:Working this weekend Virgil but if you need help with that pile post something Monday and I'll go help.
Much appreciated.I'm hoping church help may be on the way.Either way,it will get done.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by FM-USA » Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:15 pm

virgilmobile wrote:All is well..The 16 hour days 7 days a week are taking there toll.
I'm getting a bit testy...haven't ridden a bike in forever it seems.
Do us a favor...
When you're done with the rebuild DON'T just stop and rest a day, keep moving slower & slower. As we age our hearts need that cool down more & more.
I know I want to see you around here a long while. I'm sure others do to. ;)
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:49 am

FM-USA wrote:
virgilmobile wrote:All is well..The 16 hour days 7 days a week are taking there toll.
I'm getting a bit testy...haven't ridden a bike in forever it seems.
Do us a favor...
When you're done with the rebuild DON'T just stop and rest a day, keep moving slower & slower. As we age our hearts need that cool down more & more.
I know I want to see you around here a long while. I'm sure others do to. ;)
AMEN to that brother.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by rick457 » Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:17 am

Virgil, did you have that down time you talked about. Praying for you and the wife.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:54 am

A little down time.One whole evening.Ate out and slept in till 6am.It was great.Gonna try to to that once a week

Slow down gradually will happen.Still got the bike to work on :D

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by rick457 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:25 am

Virgil, just wanted to check on you and the wife. How is the clean up going. Taken a look at your bike. Give us a update.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:05 am

Moving along.Not waiting for insurance or FEMA. I'm managing by myself.Got more than half gutted.Better looking than i expected.

I guess my unusual building techniques are gonna have a benefit.
Half of the sheetrock I used in the house was intended for a bathroom shower.Its special waterproof black sheetrock..still rock hard and just needs cleaning.
Should be next week when I look at the bike.
I'll start with the basics.Drain the diesel out and hand turn the engine a few turns.
Contractors are just now starting to pick up the trash pile.



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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by FM-USA » Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:33 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Moving along.Not waiting for insurance or FEMA. I'm managing by myself.Got more than half gutted.Better looking than i expected.
Contractors are just now starting to pick up the trash pile.
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One never knows what is in store but looks like your special use of black sheet-rock paid off somewhat.

With so many adding to the trash dump, it's going to fill up and look like a small mountain soon.

Any plans on making a ski hill out of it? :mrgreen:
We all can email you some of our extra snow soon. :D
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by rick457 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:05 pm

Virgil, thanks for the update, glad to hear that your staying optimistic. Hang in there we are rooten for you. Keep us posted when you can

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by spiralout » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:46 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Half of the sheetrock I used in the house was intended for a bathroom shower.Its special waterproof black sheetrock..still rock hard and just needs cleaning.
I hung, finished and sprayed drywall for 15 years (until I realized that painting and drinking was a whole lot easier :mrgreen: ) and all the green or black water resistant board I've ever seen has had the normal brown paper on the backside and will mildew and mold when moisture gets behind it. Better pull a couple of boards off and see how the back looks.

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:37 am

Thanks for the info.
I have pulled some for inspection.
What I found was the black rock was mold free when I primed and painted the other side with enamel paint.That sealed it.Just a bit dusty on the wall.A good sign.
Other areas that had regular semigloss was bad.
I have a moisture meter to check the base plate before I re-rock it.Right now it above 50%..Got to get below 15% so it won't mold the new rock.
Bathroom and 2 other rooms were completely dry inside and out with no mold.About 1/3 of my construction.The rest is almost out.



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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by rick.sheeley » Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:57 pm

Hey did your riding jacket make it through?? I've got an extra I can give you . It's a really nice textile, black and grey with a removeable liner.....

Rick

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:08 pm

Thank you Rick.It would be nice to have.The only clothing I came away with was what I wore as I paddled by boat from the house.Everything was lost.I'm buying clothes as needed for work and home repairs.Cold weather is still a couple months away...Maybe by then I'll have the bike running again. :D
Its still in the 80° here hopefully till Christmas time.

10:30 a.m. from my boat
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by FM-USA » Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:01 pm

I don't care how you look at this pix...
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... IT'S JUST WRONG!


Virg... Give me a near cross street so I can look it up in my Topo-map.
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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:45 am

Absolutly Wrong!!
This isn't Browns Canyon in Colorado
The river rose around a foot an hour.
Never before and never again.If it starts like this again , the locals will make there own opening in the levees and highways to drain the water out.
We do have big equipment too
Government builds up with no concern about the drainage ..Now we flood...
The area I'm in is hwy 16 Denham Springs and Hwy 1026.Louisiana.

6:00 a.m.What a surprise.All dry last night
6:00 a.m.What a surprise.All dry last night


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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by rick.sheeley » Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:46 am

virgilmobile wrote:Thank you Rick.It would be nice to have.The only clothing I came away with was what I wore as I paddled by boat from the house.Everything was lost.I'm buying clothes as needed for work and home repairs.Cold weather is still a couple months away...Maybe by then I'll have the bike running again. :D
Its still in the 80° here hopefully till Christmas time.
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Ok, so let's make it a package deal.

What helmet size?
What glove size?
What boot size?
Jacket is a 2XXL, I'm 6'1 so fits me good, if you are smaller let me know I think I have an almost new XL as well.

I might even deliver them in person.... LOL!

RIck

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Re: Total Loss in Louisiana

Post by rick.sheeley » Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:50 am

virgilmobile wrote:Absolutly Wrong!!
This isn't Browns Canyon in Colorado
Absolutely! Having live PT in Chantilly for a couple of years, you just have no idea how fast the water rises in Louisiana! All the levees and wetlands. canals, and backwaters, you just don't know where the water will go there......

No one ever thought the water would overrun the levees in New Orleans, but it just takes a couple of unanticipated weather events to change all that. You will never, ever tame the Mississippi......



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