Sunday, July 8, 2012

Choices In Shelter

BULLHEAD CITY — The plastic female nuts on supply lines to fixtures such as sinks and toilets are becoming a serious problem in Bullhead City plumbing fixtures.

“In some cases, where the people weren’t home when this occurred, it’s destroyed the whole house,” said Larry Adams, outgoing president of the Mohave Valley Contractors Association.

The association convinced Bullhead City to amend its Residential Code.

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Wow! Such a serious problem that "building officials" changed their rule book. Now Johnny Building Inspector can crack heads if he sees any of those dangerous plastic female nuts. Meanwhile, no action is taken on this minor inconvenience:

Every goddamn week, here in the armpit of Arizona, one of these fully-approved structures burns, usually to the ground. Lives, both human and pets, are lost, wealth is destroyed, and yet the only thing that warrants changing the building code is an occasional problem with plastic nuts .

Re the recent Colorado and New Mexico forest fires that burned countless homes, here's a re-enactment of disaster-in-the-making:

Wife: "It's beautiful here! Let's build a home right here in the middle of all these flammable trees."

Husband: "Great idea! And we'll build the house out of flimsy, flammable sticks!"

Or the tornado-alley, hurricane-alley version:

Wife: "Let's buy this land where a tornado blew all the homes off their foundations."

Husband: "Great idea! We'll put the double-wide, made with flimsy, flammable sticks, right where the old double-wide used to be."

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I hold out no hope whatsoever for the Republic.

Posted by Dave


  1. Heh... New Orleans Parish thought the answer to hurricane Katrina was to require houses to be built on top of flammable sticks 18 feet in the air! So now they'll simply blow away rather than flood.

    1. Hi Craig,

      Other than to make concrete forms with, I don't know why framing lumber is even sold. It's the worst possible material to make a house out of--vulnerable to fire, termites, floods, wind, mold; it doesn't survive long-term storage, and new-growth forests produce crooked-ass lumber.

      And then there's a whole 'nuther topic about the "suitability" of building below water level, in a forest, in a flood plain, below an avalanche-prone hill, on a fault line, next to an overflowing river, in tornado alley, in the middle of a fucking desert (oops!). But don't get me started.


  2. My husband should be reading this. I haven't been blogging much, but I have some time this summer, so I hope to keep up with my buds. I hope life is treating you with respect and justice.


    1. Hi Susan,

      Alive and thriving, in spite of what the thermometer says--127 degrees yesterday!

      And I hope you and hubby are thriving, too.



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