03:24PM | 03/28/00
Member Since: 03/27/00
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I'm thinking about adding roof tie downs to my house. My house already has the standard tie downs as required by code. I'm not sure if what I want to do will help, so let me describe. I have 1 foot eaves all the around my house, and I want to use lag bolts to attach anchors to the eaves approximately every 10 feet. I then will place 5 foot augers in the ground and when a hurricane approaches, attach the auger and the anchor on the house together together with chain or heavy duty straps. Now the questions are: Will this help hold down the roof more than the standard hurricane straps? If the hurricane is severe enough, will the augers and/or straps hold? How much lifting force can a hurricane place on a roof with a 1 foot overhang?


05:46PM | 08/22/00
Member Since: 07/31/00
59 lifetime posts
I found a group called the Institute for Building and Home Safety -- started by insurance folks to cut down on losses and injuries. They had a booklet you could print off with adobe on how to retrofit your home to prepare for a hurricane. Haven't really reviewed it personally, but there were other items that might be helpful too. Their main site is www.ibhs.ord -- The publication is about 1/2 way down on this page:

Also, you might want to check out -- they make tie down systems and they may have some specifics you'd find helpful.

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