Posted by Curbie on June 6, 2009, 9:14 pm
Perfect. I accept your offer to come over and shovel my roof.
I live in Florida, by the ocean and I only been to the beach maybe 20
times in 25 years, I don't leave in house but every two weeks to go to
the store. I don't receive mail because the post-office won't stop
delivering spam, I got tired of walking out to the mail-box only to
walk its contents over to the trash can, so I computer pay bills and
don't worry about it.
I would be perfectly happy working around the house during the summer
and spending the winter on my computer, spending months at a crack on
my computer is nothing for me, I've done it all my adult life.
Do you still have friends in Filmore County that may know of a place
Posted by Morris Dovey on June 6, 2009, 10:00 pm
Heh. Note, for the record, that I did /not/ say it was a nice steady 12
It did take our brick chimney once. What made that interesting was that
the chimney started out next to the roof ridge and landed about 25 feet
from where it started - and never touched the roof.
Close, anyway. As you might expect, it was not well-insulated and didn't
lend itself to being insulated.
I'll admit that it wasn't your everyday storm, but the house /was/
making very unhappy (scary) noises. If you ever need that particular
kind of help, it won't be able to get to you (one of the reasons I moved
down to sunny, tropical Iowa).
I wasn't offering, by the way. :)
Ok - I just wanted you to be aware of the situation. My ex managed to
start one of two chicken coops on fire. We lost the other and charred
one side of the garage pretty well. The fire truck showed up in time to
hose down the ashes.
I don't - they've either moved away or died. I found the place ($5K "as
is") listed in the Rochester Post-Bulletin and acted fast. The owners
lived in a nice, modern farmhouse and the gal didn't want her parents'
place torn down - but it was a tax liability for them.
I'd suggest watching (online) newspaper ads in places of interest and
jumping (fast) on a good deal. There's a lot of risk because you'll be
committing a lot for "a pig in a poke" - but there isn't any other way
unless you have a trusted friend in the area.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Posted by Curbie on June 6, 2009, 11:51 pm
I've had Typical Meteorological Year (TMY2) data for some time and
just finished TMY3 which along with other data includes wind speed by
hour, I'm not terribly concerned with steady(?) speeds just yearly
average speeds. As with anything have to do with climate, there will
be gaps that to be filled by a backup.
I intend on gutting whatever home I get for re-insulating, re-wiring
(fire hazard), re-plumbing and structural inspection anyway, so no big
Just the kind of situation I'd be interested in.
I like the idea, I suppose I could do a TMY data run for places with a
decent wind resource, then search for on-line papers?
How the wind in Iowa?
Posted by Morris Dovey on June 7, 2009, 1:20 am
It might work. The only great buy I've spotted was an ad (last year) for
a house in Red Oak, Iowa for $500. The house had had minor fire damage
and the elderly owner had a buyer even before the truck carrying the
paper had traveled the 125 miles to DeSoto.
Better in some areas than others. I understand that Iowa is one of the
leading states in wind power generation, and understand that there's at
least one town for which wind power is the principal source of
electricity. AFAICT, the best wind area is a corridor about 30 to 50
miles wide more or less centered on the Iowa-Minnesota state line.
With its very much colder temperatures, Minnesota seemed to have more of
those crystal clear days that are great for solar heating.
I live in a western suburb of Des Moines, and my shop is about 16 miles
to the west, and this area doesn't see much wind except during the
storms that boil up out of the Wichita Falls area in spring and summer.
I haven't looked, but would guess that NREL (http://www.nrel.gov ) has
good wind maps and data on its web site.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Posted by Curbie on June 7, 2009, 2:32 am
In my opinion, just another one of those alternative energy things,
I'm more worried about radiation over the yearly heating period, if I
have to build $0,000.00 of solar panels vs. $,000.00 doesn't really
seem to make much difference in big picture. A good wind resource is
more important spread-sheet wise.
They do, but TMY will give me city and state, Federal Information
Processing Standards (FIPS) data will give me county names and
demographics which seems more valuable for an internet search. Almost
seems like being in the right place at the right time is the most
important, which takes me back to my first plan, just pick-up and go?
I guess I have nothing to lose by trying to get this done on-line?