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You have 10 minutes to complete this test.  Show your work.

Problem #1.  Geoviki's house was bombarded by hail and rain at 3 pm on Monday.  Geoviki's basement began to flood at 6 pm on Tuesday.  How many hours did it take for all the water falling from the sky to percolate down to her foundation?  [answer: 27 hours]

Problem #2.  Geoviki's wet-dry vacuum holds 8 gallons of water before it needs to be manually shut off and emptied.  If Geoviki has to empty her wet-dry vac 3 times an hour, how much water is seeping into her basement per hour?  [answer: 24 gallons]

Problem #3.  If it has been flooding since 6 pm on Tuesday and it is now 6 pm on Thursday, how many times has Geoviki or Mr Geoviki has to empty that fucking wet-dry vac?  [answer: we've lost track.  Dozens and dozens.]

Problem #4.  Geoviki has narrowed down one major point of water entry to a 12" gap in the storage room foundation.  If Geoviki puts the shop vac nozzle there, she can fill the wet-dry vac in 4 minutes flat.  How much water can Geoviki extract this way?  [answer: 120 gallons per hour.  However, it takes 180 seconds to detach the hose, snap off the top, roll the tank to the sink, scoop out the water, then reassemble, so her mileage may vary.]

Problem #5.  At 120 gallons per hour, how long before Geoviki can suck dry the entire city of Lakewood through a 12-inch crack in her foundation?  [answer: the experiment continues]

Problem #6. By rapidly repeating the 4-minute method described above, we can dry up enough of the hidden water supply to extend the time before the wet-dry vac must be manually shut off.  How much time can Mr. Geoviki sequentially sleep before he must wake up and empty the POS wet-dry vac?  [answer: 90 minutes if he's lucky.]

Problem #7:  If it has been heavily raining almost the entire flood time, how big is the underground reservoir of flood water that Geoviki must suck up?  [answer: a whole fucking ocean full]

Problem #8.  Mr Geoviki went to the store today and bought a new wet-dry vac to which he can attach a garden hose.  This means he can run the hose directly down the floor drain and never have to empty the tank.  It can be left to drain the crack all day and all night.  He paid $105. for this item.  Did he get a good deal?  [answer: OMG, Yes!  Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!]

Problem #9.  The relative humidity outside is 100%.  The relative humidity in Geoviki's basement is 100%.  Hw many minutes does it take before Geoviki is dripping sweat while sucking up water?  [answer: about 2]

Problem #10.  The rain is forecast to continue until Saturday.  How many more drinks will Geoviki need to get through this?  [answer:  at least one more, and right now.]

Date: 2013-09-13 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am so sorry that you are going through this. There is nothing worse because the water just never stops! Happened to me when I lived in a basement apartment.

Tip - small trash bags and kitty litter - use them like sandbags around the spot where the water is coming up and then rig your wet-dry vac so that it can stay in there. I had multiple spots so I had two with sump-pumps in them and two with the wet-dry vacs.

Keep the drinks on hand and you will get through it even though it will seem like it is never going to end.

Good luck!!

Date: 2013-09-13 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh, good tip. We were thinking that if the power goes out, we are screwed four ways from Sunday. So the kitty litter will definitely be kept in mind with the prayer we don't have to try it out.

Date: 2013-09-13 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fuck that is brutal :( I hope you can get things dried out and the rains stop so you can get that fixed soon :( !!

Date: 2013-09-13 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
AT least we're not getting washed away like Boulder is. Funny enough, my son just joined FEMACorps, where they go off and help people affected by floods. He's on his way to Kansas City, but I'm thinking he and his crew can just keep driving here.

How's your recovery going? I've been thinking about you lots and lots.

Date: 2013-09-13 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I def think his group could come to you all if it's crazy raining like that! O_O sheesh!

I'm actually doing a lot better. I think my meds are finally right :) and now it's just working to build back up stamina again :) thank you for asking!

Date: 2013-09-13 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh my GOD, hon. So much arrrrrrrrrrrgh!

Date: 2013-09-13 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sears just sent me an "After the Storm" email ad trying to sell me shit and make money.

Too soon?!! Damn straight!

Date: 2013-09-13 09:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's...oh my god. Okay, so much facepalm!

Date: 2013-09-13 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think the wet-dry vac solution is rather ingenious. A+ all around!!

Date: 2013-09-13 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sleep tonight, for the win!!

Date: 2013-09-13 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As I was driving to work I heard about the storm. As I was driving home I heard about all the devastation. I thought to myself, check in with viki. OMG!

::Send mental buckets to help with bailing::

Date: 2013-09-13 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My husband works in Boulder, which is currently the hardest hit. He remarked that they've never closed his workplace before due to rain. Snow, yes. But not rain. So luckily he's been home these 2 days helping to bail.

Date: 2013-09-13 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh. My. God! D: D: D:

Date: 2013-09-14 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And we're not even the worst hit. It'll be a long time before Colorado gets back to normal.

Date: 2013-09-13 04:18 am (UTC)
cordelia_v: Snape knows that boys don't cry (Boys Don't Cry)
From: [personal profile] cordelia_v
This shouldn't have made me laugh, but it did (because you are just THAT witty and droll). I'm so sorry that this insanely annoying thing is happening to you both. It sounds almost like the stuff of homeowner legend.

Date: 2013-09-14 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Considering the mess everywhere else, I have to say our problems aren't that great. We've managed to stabilize the problem with our new vac, thank God.

Date: 2013-09-13 07:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good grief! About the only advice I can give you is don't let the water get into the whisky, but since it seems to have got everywhere else I'm not sure how useful that suggestion is either.

Very best wishes to you in the flood, anyway.

Date: 2013-09-14 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We went for a walk yesterday along the creek I took you walking along - it's amazing to see all that water, and it's not even technically flooding like nearly every other creek and river. The building you needed to visit in Boulder is very close to Boulder Creek, which is the worst hit so far. I gather that the Boulder Mall area where we shopped is pretty messed up too.

And more rain is on the way...

Date: 2013-09-13 08:04 am (UTC)
who_la_hoop: (Default)
From: [personal profile] who_la_hoop
*passes you ALL THE BOOZE*

Date: 2013-09-14 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*drinks* *drinks some more*

Date: 2013-09-13 08:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]



Date: 2013-09-14 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's...bad. We've settled our problem with the wet-dry vac (that's now been running constantly since Thursday). The rest of the area will take a lot longer to settle, unfortunately.

Date: 2013-09-13 01:06 pm (UTC)
ravurian: (ravurian brit boy)
From: [personal profile] ravurian
At least you still have internet access? <bright-siding> Um. As you always say: pics or it didn't happen.

So, wait, what happens when the floor drain backs up?

Date: 2013-09-14 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We're really blessed to have internet, and even more blessed to have power. If we lose that, we lose the pump, and then we are fucked. The water we're drawing out is so clear, pretty much all rainwater, looks like you could drink it. The drain looks pretty good; we have it cleaned out periodically and there are no tree roots between here and the main sewer. Yes, good homeowner maintenance pays off FTW!

Date: 2013-09-13 02:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]

So have you considered moving? I hear Death Valley is nice this time of year. Also DRY!!!

(I'm so glad the hose-vac works! JFC! The pics I've seen are horrifying!) ♥ ♥ ♥

Date: 2013-09-14 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Usually we too are pretty dry. In fact, we started our summer under a stage 2 drought, with serious water restrictions. How we long for those days...

Date: 2013-09-13 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh no!! That is awful. And HOORAY for the garden hose attachment.

Date: 2013-09-14 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Our clever arrangement is holding up really well, and we can relax now...while we watch the TV showing the mess all around us.

Date: 2013-09-13 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I thought about you when I heard of the floods on BBC news. It sounds dreadful and I hope you get some respite soon. Have another drink and stay safe.

Date: 2013-09-14 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks. It's not even over yet, we keep having more storms and lots more rain. Our terrain is not ready for this much water; it's what they're calling a 500 year flood of "biblical proportions". Never thought I'd hear the Weather Service using that term.

Date: 2013-09-13 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh no Viki I'm sorry. *hugs*

Date: 2013-09-14 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, Penny. We're trying to stay dry.

Date: 2013-09-14 01:45 am (UTC)
ext_150: (anime me)
From: [identity profile]
Yay for wet-dry vac with hose! I hope it stops flooding soon!

Date: 2013-09-14 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The hose is saving our bacon here. Our lives have vastly improved now that we're not manually dumping water all the time. And luckily we haven't had any problems with our power going out. Yet.

Date: 2013-09-14 05:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yuck! Stay as safe and dry as possible.

Date: 2013-09-14 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We're doing our best between storms. Our son was supposed to be in your fair city today to help finish up some FEMA stuff there but now he's heading here. It'll be nice to see him.

Date: 2013-09-14 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Man, that just sucks. I'm sorry about this. But at least there is a solution that works. I've got my fingers crossed for no more rain.

Take Care, m'dear.

Date: 2013-09-14 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gah, it keeps raining, but we are getting some periods of no rain and even a little sun. But every afternoon it comes dumping, monsoon-like. We're waiting for one to hit us in just an hour or two. So far our neighborhood has had 6 inches of rain, but Boulder got 12 or more. We aren't built for this, eek!
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