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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
By MICHAEL PERRAULT
BEAUMONT - Residents here have spent nearly a month scooping, scrubbing and scouring sand and grit blown into homes, schools and businesses by Santa Ana winds on Oct. 21-22.
The gale-force winds left a powdery mixture of sand and dirt inside electrical wall sockets, showerheads and door locks in many homes. Sand blanketed baby cribs, formed 4-foot-high drifts alongside garage doors and rendered school refrigerators inoperable.
"It's mind-boggling," said homeowner Thom Creekmore, glancing at a stately grandfather clock he fears may be ruined.
Creekmore is among residents in the Sundance development west of Highland Springs Avenue who were hit particularly hard. Their homes border pastures with little or no ground cover.
After unsuccessfully trying to cleanup, Creekmore moved his pregnant wife and two children into a hotel and out of their home on Daisy Drive. He said "baby powder-fine" sand and dirt mixed with dry manure cloaked the interior of his 4-year-old home, prompting health concerns. Doorbells and light switches no longer work, water in a hot tub looks more like moldy hot chocolate, and thick dirt shrouds furniture, carpets and nearly every crack and crevice.
In surrounding areas, schools, businesses and government offices have been in cleanup mode as well.
To date, nearly 68 million pounds of dirt have been hauled off, Beaumont City officials estimate. Crews still tote away shovels full of debris each day. Cleanup of public areas alone has cost $650,000, including $42,630 to clean Beaumont community pool's drain, city officials said.
Damage to Beaumont Unified School District's classrooms and buildings is estimated at $1.8 million to $2 million, said Emmanuelle Reynolds, assistant superintendent of facilities and operations.
Some refrigerators and freezers inside Beaumont schools had to be repaired two or three times, Reynolds said, after sand worked its way into moving parts. And the district's workers had to coax cows off campus after they roamed over fences breeched by 4-foot drifts.
Reynolds and other school district officials are working to obtain federal funds to help offset cleanup and repair costs.
At Mt. San Jacinto Community College, where damage is now estimated at about $2.5 million, it took 300 workers to bring the campus back to life, said spokesman Bill Marchese.
Wind-blown dirt and sand that Marchese likened to pancake flour was driven into door locks, ceilings and computers. The college brought in specialists to handle delicate cleanup tasks inside computers and other expensive equipment.
"It's like water almost; it goes where it wants to go," Marchese said.
Although such windstorms are common in San Jacinto Valley and Pass communities, damage of this magnitude hasn't been seen since the late 1990s, city officials said.
At Sundance, nearly 200 homeowners sought help from Pardee Homes. The company and other construction firms responded, sending in water trucks, front loaders and other equipment to cope with almost 34,000 tons of dirt.
Creekmore, who has snapped nearly 300 photos to document damage, watched as tractors, dump trucks, water trucks and street sweepers worked 14 days straight on Daisy Drive.
Still, he anticipates his family won't be able to return to a clean home until after the Christmas holidays.
A few houses away, neighbors called in a team of professionals to suck sand-clogged insulation out of their attic so new insulation could be put in.
Sharon Glover's daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Daniel moved in with her after manure-laden dirt from a nearby cattle pasture blew through Sundance, into their home and covered the 4-month-old baby's crib.
Sundance resident Terry Becerra said eight dump trucks were needed to remove wind-blown dirt from his back yard alone.
The extent of damage in homes varied widely in the Sundance subdivision, where more than 100 homeowners filed lawsuits against Pardee Homes just days before the October windstorm.
They allege shoddy construction of windows, doors, ventilation, foundations and other home construction, according to a civil complaint filed in Riverside County Superior Court.
"We've been asked to now investigate issues pertaining to damage from the sand," said Lee Jackson, an attorney with Milstein, Adelman & Kreger in Santa Monica who represents the homeowners.
Pardee Homes representatives didn't return phone calls about the lawsuit.
But Mike Taylor, vice president and regional manager for Pardee Homes' Inland Empire operations, said shortly after the windstorm that no homes are completely air tight.
Creekmore, who used fingers to etch "Clean me" on one dusty tabletop, is trying to keep a sense of humor.
But he shook his head as he eyed the living room.
"You can taste the dirt in the air," he said.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Penny died today (June 10 2008) She had a great 14 years in our back yard. She was the mother to all the puppies we got at yard sales and swap meets, we will miss her. I will bury her under our loquat tree in the side yard.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I am a collector of exceptionally rare Honda's. i am
currently finishing a restoration on a 1969 CB450P
used by the Arizona police force. There were very few of these
made or used.
I am interested in your bike, and have a few
questions. First off, do you have any idea what police
force this bike was sold to, or intended for sale to.
To my knowledge California never used the Hondas.
Second, The seat and speedo. While these are
definitely correct for a '71, the police models used a
different type usually for seat and speedo. Does the
bar in front have accomodation for the lights? It
should have a single bolt mount on the let top. Lastly
the frame. The frame on these models was reinforced in
the rear. I was in Japan recently and saw a partially
restored '69 poice special at a specialty shop in
Nagoya, and got a good look at the unique features. I
am very interested in any history you have on the
bike, it helps to locate parts in the future.
I thank you for your time, and look forward to
hearing from you.
Thank you for the information. The story sounds
plausable enough. The numbers however appear to be
standard CB750 frame and engine #'s. Would it be
possible to remove the seat and send me a photo of the
rear part of the frame? And a photo of the front crash
I would greatly appreciate it. If this is not a real
police special, it is important that you know that
Thanks again for your time.
Thank you for the pictures.
The thing is this bike may have been outfitted for a
police dept. There are a couple of non-stock features
on the frame, hard to really see, but definitely
noticeable. This was not a true 'Police Special' in
that they had separate vin, and eng. #'s, that were
designated CB750P-1000000, and CB750PE-1000000,
respectively. Non were ever used here, so it is quite
possible this was a customized, stock '71, sold as a
come-on to various U.S. police dept.'s. The front
crash bar is not the one that would haver been on it
for police use. The subtle thing to note is on the
frame behind it are two mounts (painted white) with 2
bolt holes in each. The rear part of the frame should
have had more re-inforcement, and more mounting points
for panier, and additional crash bar mounts.
I am going by a '69 Japanese police special, which I
knew to be authentic, and which I examined in person
very closely. So again, this may well be a very unique
customized version, made from a regular, but modified
at the factory, production model from that year. The
'69-'70 CB750P police specials sold well elsewhere in
the world, so maybe they thought the Americans would
take to it also.
In any case, it appears you do have a unique bike,
although you definitely want to know more of the
history. Finding out what type of siren, light combo
is of utmost importance in terms of restoration,
which, if this is what you have been told it is, is
the only way to go with something like this.
I will do a little research, and hopefully get back
to you, though not till after the 10th.
Thank you again.
From 1971 partsbook.
Engine and frame serial number for CB 750 Police models are numbered in the same sequence for CB 750 K1.
CB750 P-U 1068267 and higher
CB 750 P-A1 1087436 and higher
Frame part #,s
Frame #s were followed by another part # in brackets, I take this to mean that the frame was similar to the other except the crashbar brakets welded to front.
Crashbars shown in the book, looked like they mounted on the brackets the OP showed on his frame.
First paragraph I am reading it as there is no difference in serial #, but that is merely my opinion (keep in mind I owned one, registered and insured & rode it, and like to think if the serial # had a P I would remember).
The US Aus numers mean that they started at those #s.
Now I found only the regular seat in the partslist, I had thought a solo was offered, but must have been thinking of the 450 or 350. Those bikes police parts are shown in the partslists I have for them.
Friday, May 16, 2008
A whole house fan draws outside air in through your screened windows and doors and blows it out through your attic. The result is a mild cooling breeze that can lower skin temperature by 2 to 8 degrees. Whole house fans are pratical and affordable and provide natural air-conditioning. Whole house fans work well when outside temperature is below 82 degrees Fahrenheit. If you already have air-conditioning, a whole house fan can be used to throughly ventilate the house before the air-conditiong is turned on. This reduces air-conditioning operating time and costs. Whole house fans are centrally located usually in a hallway. The fan itself is concealed by a ceiling grill that opens and closes automiatically.
This is the fan that David S. gave me @ work for free! I just had to rebuild the frame because the old one was particle board. It is a 36 inch fan with a 1/3 hp motor. Most of the fan is wood and you can buy them for $125- $150 @ Home Depot or Lowes. SCE also offers a rebate on them , It is $50.
Fan Rebate Link
This is the hole I cut in my ceiling!!! The shutter kit has a template , I stapled it to the ceiling and cut it with a sheet rock saw.
Most folks would shy away from making a big hole in their ceiling, I installed one of these in a friends house in Moreno Valley a few years back, they were having $300 + electric bills and read that they could save with a whole house fan. I was scared, wow, brand new $300k house and me cutting a hole in it !! I got it done and wanted one for my house. Now the hunt was on.
This is the notch that I had to cut in the ceiling because I had a 24" shutter kit and a 36" fan !!
This is the fan installed above the rafters with my work light in the attic. Now I have to install the shutters and patch my notch. I had to bust a truss to get the fan in the attic, I called my cousin Jeff who is a builder and he told me how to repair a truss if it is broken, you scab a new 2X4 on the side of the truss that is busted and nail it every 5 inches alternating the nails high and low . The ends of your repair 2X4 have to go to the bottom and top of your truss with 5 nails on each end. My air palm nailer came in handy for the tight area I had to work in.
This is the shutter kit ( $7 @ Goodwill NIB !!)
This is my 2 speed pull switch (5 Amp) around $6 at Ace Hardware.
You will notice the white caulk in the corners of the "BOX", you need a good seal below the fan so I had a few tubes of white caulk and burned them up on this project.
We have started to use the fan in the evening and morning, its quite loud and works like a champion, pulls the air from all open windows through the house. We live @ 2700 ft. elevation so we cool down @ night, I have seen 100+ in the day and 50 at night so the fan is good for our area.
A great fan site
Wikipedia whole house fan