View Full Version : So What's a Windy Day like in San Juan Bautista California

01-01-2008, 01:13 AM
I got a call today from my wife who got a call from our neighbor who was driving by and mentioned that my former tractor storage tent (up till three weeks ago) which is 20' x 24' and weighs in excess of 1000 lbs was wrapped around my well pump house. When I got home the two pictures attached represented what I saw. The tent was anchored with four 2' rebar stakes that were driven into the ground and bent around the main 3" tube frame members. Well tent was done-for and I was pissed! What do I do when I am pissed, I fire up the D4D and get even (well kinda). This is what a tent looks like with wind gusts that stuck it to my pump house with collapsed 3" tube frame and after I ran it over about eight times with the D4D.

So for all of you who think California is paradise, please reset your expectations if our taxes, gas prices and oh-yeah home prices have not taken your breathe away, beware of the wind.

Art From De Leon
01-01-2008, 03:48 AM
Sometimes you have to do something like that to keep your sanity.

Plus it feels so good.

steve n carol
01-01-2008, 08:39 AM
I saw the roof tops (cement and clay tile) get blown off of 3 dairy houses in San Jacinto, Ca. a month ago. In the same area the tops of the haybarns, that have been up for decades, decided to fly into the next zip code, with the timbers still attached to the sheet metal. Fortunatly, the cows held onto each other and just kinda slid until they hit the fence! now Ive seen these temp shades that blew over your well house, They have male/female 'swedged' connections that are suppose to have a through bolt in them. This way just the fabric blows away. Were the 'legs' still in the ground (anchored)? If they were, I would suppose the through bolts / pins were not in place....I am guessing nobody got hurt, that's a good thing.

We get semi's blown over, I don't know if they are loaded or not.

There are rocks in the area. People call them 'river rocks'. They are smooth and kinda round. They are hard granite. They actually achive their shape because the wind blows them around....

John from Fresno
01-01-2008, 09:14 AM
You are lucky that it didn't blow over to a neighbors and damage something or worse yet into the street and cause an accident.

There was one of those emt conduit and pastic tarp things (not as heavy as yours) that blew into my girlfriends car and put a foot diameter dent. $1,000 later it was fixed. Bad thing it was my dad's $50 awning. Man, talk about the "man in the middle" of a squabble......


01-01-2008, 10:25 AM
So for all of you who think California is paradise, please reset your expectations if our taxes, gas prices and oh-yeah home prices have not taken your breathe away, beware of the wind.

I have never labored under the misconception that California is paradise...the thousands of Californicator transplants that have been moving here for about 50 years keep telling a different story...;)

01-01-2008, 03:43 PM
Nice lookin D4D i n the background must have came out of the pacific northwest .

01-01-2008, 04:24 PM
Maybe that's why they have so many of these in California......sorry about your tent!

Eric Egland
01-01-2008, 06:38 PM
I think I see what your problem is.....You placed your pump house and tank in the way of anything blowing by.
It does get windy on that sidehill at times. I do like your logging arches, is that what I see? Looks like two of them from the road.
I placed my well and pump house down in the canyon, out of the way from balled-up tents blowing by. The problem that is going to get this set-up will be blow-downs from the Oak trees!!!! (smashed stuff).

Sometimes you can't win.


01-01-2008, 07:22 PM
D4E, You are near correct about the D4D. It was from Eastern Washington.

Alan627b, You ain't kidding about the wind power!

Eric, Yeah I know pumphouse in the way of debris but wind normally (90% of the time) blows West to East but with the high-pressure we have had the wind has been in reverse East to West and up, up, and away with the tent. You are correct about the arches....I like and the wife "really" hates them so of course I can't get rid of them!. :D

01-01-2008, 08:33 PM
Here is how the tent rental companies keep their's from blowing away.
On each leg, they use a 55gal plastic drum, with a 5/8 nylon rope threaded through the bung holes, and tied to the upper frame work, then filled with water. Seems to work for them.

01-01-2008, 08:57 PM

I had 2.5' stakes driven through the main four supports and bent around them. Granted the 55g barrels weigh 300+lbs but four stakes as deep as they were have done me right for three plus years but it was a gusty day yesterday. If the wind was blowing in it's normal direct the tent could have blown or rolled all the way to Gilroy.


01-02-2008, 06:53 PM
Hey Greg,

Your place up on the hill is looking real good with the landscape being done. Also your new shop is look pretty good. Nice to see your cats have a dry place to stay. Did you ever get that rare unit up north you had mentioned to me a while back? I never did call that lady about the 20. She seamed a little interesting so I figrue its not meant to be.


01-02-2008, 08:11 PM
Greg, you had me scared there for a minute, thought there was damage to the new shop. Still frustrating, but you got even with that tent didn't you:D Your D2 is in the barn for the rain so I can finish it. Don

01-02-2008, 08:37 PM
Nothing like using a Cat to take out your anger.

Hey you must be imagining this, California always has sunshine and perfect weather:D Most people don't realise in California you can drive 20 - 30 miles and experince totally different weather.

You don't see too many barns around my familys place older than 30 - 40 years old. In either 2003 or 2004 my dad lost two of his 1960's vintage pole for barns for storing hay. It was amazing to see the roof tossed to the other side of the street and the telephone poles split in half like twigs. They also lost another enclosed haybarn on some leased land in a different storm that year. Since that barn sat on a seperate 1.5 acre subdivided parcle, the landlord sold the mess for as a ranchette homesite for $575,000 as is, in 2005 at the height of the housing boom.

The same night we lost one of the barns the roof on one side of my house ripped off right down to the plywood.

The Weather people are predicting 10 feet of snow in the Serrias this weekend, I wonder what kind of mess we wil see down here, better make sure everything is in order before this storm.

01-03-2008, 10:14 PM
Hope your Bishop Ten wasn't in that mess!

01-04-2008, 07:12 AM
Greg, in Wisconsin we have alittle thing called concrete, works real well.!;)

01-04-2008, 06:57 PM
All this talk about the wind blowing down covers and this morning I was heading out to my parrents house and about 1/2 mile down the road I see some industrial type galvanized roofing that looks a little too fimiliar, and I see tin spread all over the field, when I get to their house I see 6 poles standing where there was a small pole barn for my dads firewood pile and lawnmower are. And yes the poles are sitting perfectly stright in concrete, I am not suprized that the tin blew off, its the comercialy built trusses that had simson strong tie, huricane resistant connection plates that were shreded that amaze me. But when semi trucks are being blown on their sides, not much concrete in the world will help it.

Just heard on the news that a school's roof was completly blown off in Elk Grove, south of Sacramento.

Eric Egland
01-05-2008, 05:15 PM
All was well at the pump house this AM. I didn't see any evidence of the errant tent....
All (visable) evidence removed for protection of the innocent.

That pump house installation looks clean from the road.


01-05-2008, 10:26 PM
Bad tent but good to drive cat.:p