Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tornado, Flooring, Caulking!!!



A week and a half ago, while shopping at Lowe’s in Norman, Oklahoma, the weather turned bad.  After loading the truck up with our newly purchased tile and thin set, for our main bathroom; we jumped on Interstate 35 to leave Norman to head home.  We had only been home for a couple of hours, when a tornado hit the Riverwind Casino in Norman. 

Thank goodness we’re safely at home; however, we had concerns regarding our travel trailer.  Our trailer is stored in a storage facility directly across the highway from the Riverwind Casino, the direction the tornado made its path.  Law enforcement had the highway and surrounding areas closed down, so first responders could help rescue people, and assess the damage. Therefore, we were unable to physically check on our travel trailer.  I placed a call to the manager of the storage facility.   She informed me they were attempting to get into the facility, and once at the facility, they would call us and let us know if our unit was affected by the tornado.  At 10:45 PM, I received a call from the manager, advising our storage unit was fine.  The storm passed it over, and hit the very next row of storage units.  The next morning, Bulldog Man and I, drove up to the storage facility to visually confirm all was well with our trailer, “The Beast”, and to drop off a few things in our trailer.  After checking our travel trailer, we both were so at ease that we didn’t have damage; it was nice knowing that we did not have to contact the insurance company.


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I’m going to give you a sneak preview of the floor being installed throughout our home.  Instead of replacing the damaged laminate again with laminate (something we were going to do in a couple of years, however, since the pipe broke, the flooring needed replacing).  We decided to go with engineered wood.  Here’s a before and after look, what do you think?

Old Laminate Floor
Engineered Wood Replacing the Laminate

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Bulldog Man and I have walked around our house identifying areas needing additional caulking from weather damage. This was to help prevent further issues to the wood, and to prevent any air leaks around windows.  After identifying the areas, we got busy caulking. Now we have one more thing to check off of our to do list.

How’s your winter chore list coming along?

10 comments:

  1. I see it's never going to be boring on your homestead! Thank goodness the twister missed your travel trailer - you sure didn't need more dosey-doeing around with your insurance company. I really like the look of the engineered wood flooring - what is the difference between that and laminate? Sounds like you all are ready for whatever comes your way! xoxoxo

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    1. Susan,

      Your correct, it's never boring here. I agree on the tornado missing my RV at the warehouse. Right now we couldn't deal with more damage if it did. Engineered flooring is a type of wood that consists of several plywood layers, whereas laminate is melamine resin and fiber board material. We love the floor!

      Rule of thumb at our place....you must always be ready for what comes your way.

      Hugs and love,
      Sandy

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  2. Good choice for the floor! Definitely nicer than the laminate. Glad to hear you didn't have any damage from the storm. Always a worry! And it sounds like you're getting things snug and cozy for the winter. We've got a cold rainy spell that's knocking the leaves off the trees. Winter is just around the corner.

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    1. Leigh,

      Thank you, we love the new floor. Winter is knocking at our door. The leave really dropped the last two days. I'm sure you and Dan are prepared for winter.

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  3. Tornadoes are a lot like artillery fire. When your number is up, it's up, there isn't much you can do about it. I'm glad you folks were out of the impact area, and that your trailer wasn't trashed.

    The house looks like it's coming along nicely. I've been winterizing mine , going through the same procedures we do every winter. We got a late start this time because the cold weather was very late in arriving.

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    1. Harry,

      I have to agree with you. When your time is up tornado or artillery fire, then you time is up.

      Every year the weather surprises us when attemping to prepare for cold in advance.

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  4. So happy your travel trailer escaped damage. Dealing w/Ins. Companies is the worst. Your floor is beautiful. We love our engineered hardwood floors too!

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    1. DFW,

      We're happy too! Thank you, we love our floor. We're still battling insurance on the water damage. What color are your floors?

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  5. please watch out for those twisters! The flooring looks awesome!

    Much love to you guys!

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    1. Senior and Glock Mom, we always try to be two steps in front of the tornadoes. We hate those things! Thank you, we love our door. Now on to arguing with the insurance company.

      Hugs, and love to you and your family.

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