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looking for a builder

Post by nikotromus » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:48 pm

I am sure I will receive more than one thinly veiled insult for even conjuring this question, but here goes anyway. Does anyone know of any "good" builders in Region 7 (Maule)? From what I have read thus far, quality builders in Chile are hard to come by. But, there have to be a handful of thoughtful, competent crews out there somewhere. I just went through the biggest earthquake of my life last night and I didn't see any damage in Santiago! A 5.5 has a much different affect on the infrastructure in Oklahoma. (A testament to the construction here)

Thank you very much in advance,

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Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:53 pm

For your insulting not vieled insult - 5.5 is a pussy quake here in Chile, just another day on the central coast... :mrgreen:
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Post by nikotromus » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:57 pm

I was told this morning that it was a 'minor quake'. Wow - sure felt like the world was ending to me. My dog about had a heart attack.

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Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:05 pm

I'm originally from the LA area and the people back home have NOOOOOO idea what an active quake area means or is like. Biiggest quake before I moved away from SoCal was the '71 San Fernando quake, I was a 6 and a half years old and that was quite a rocker. But then I came to Chile...
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Re: looking for a builder

Post by nikotromus » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:33 pm

Muchas Gracias Gloria!

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Post by admin » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:31 am

nikotromus wrote:I was told this morning that it was a 'minor quake'. Wow - sure felt like the world was ending to me. My dog about had a heart attack.
My cat does not even get out bed for a quake that small, but she is a veteran of the 2010 quake in Temuco, and several volcanic eruptions. In the 2010 quake, the refrigerator chased her around the kitchen and launched frozen steaks out of the freezer at ballistic speeds sufficient to bounce off the other wall. She refused to come in the house for 3 days. She hung out in the field across the street until most of the worse after shocks subsided.

One after shock hit, a few days after the big one, and I woke up to my cat on top of my wife jumping up and down on her chest to wake her up. She sensed the shock coming, and decided to wake us up and get us out of the house. Ever since, she has been our designated earthquake evacuation expert. anytime there is a shake on the way, she puts her tail straight in the area, and does a very determined, but not panicked, trot towards the door, stopping to alert everyone in the house that we need to all move calmly towards the door.

So, if that little 5+ (humans can not really feel much below a 5), is bothering you, I am not sure the 7th region is the best destination.
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Post by tiagoabner » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:12 pm

admin wrote:
nikotromus wrote:I was told this morning that it was a 'minor quake'. Wow - sure felt like the world was ending to me. My dog about had a heart attack.
My cat does not even get out bed for a quake that small, but she is a veteran of the 2010 quake in Temuco, and several volcanic eruptions. In the 2010 quake, the refrigerator chased her around the kitchen and launched frozen steaks out of the freezer at ballistic speeds sufficient to bounce off the other wall. She refused to come in the house for 3 days. She hung out in the field across the street until most of the worse after shocks subsided.

One after shock hit, a few days after the big one, and I woke up to my cat on top of my wife jumping up and down on her chest to wake her up. She sensed the shock coming, and decided to wake us up and get us out of the house. Ever since, she has been our designated earthquake evacuation expert. anytime there is a shake on the way, she puts her tail straight in the area, and does a very determined, but not panicked, trot towards the door, stopping to alert everyone in the house that we need to all move calmly towards the door.

So, if that little 5+ (humans can not really feel much below a 5), is bothering you, I am not sure the 7th region is the best destination.
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Re: looking for a builder

Post by nikotromus » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:22 pm

admin wrote:So, if that little 5+ (humans can not really feel much below a 5), is bothering you, I am not sure the 7th region is the best destination.
I've heard the quakes are rough in Region 7. That is why if I have something built, I want to make sure to do it right. I think I can deal with earthquakes. They seem a lot less scary than staying in the states.

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Re: looking for a builder

Post by admin » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:02 pm

Build a light structure with wood, make sure it is connected to the foundation, you will be fine for quakes north of 8.0+.

Anything larger, and you will have bigger problems to worrying about than if your house is still standing.

Don't let anyone talk you in to adobe or concrete, unless you are ready to plop down some serious change for engineering it correctly. At which point, you could just rebuild the house out of wood, and still save money (2 houses for the price one).

P.s. make sure what ever maestro is building your house actually get's the load paths more or less correct. they have a tendency to think gravity is some magical force that makes beams and loads levitate on their own.
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Re: looking for a builder

Post by thisisreallycomplicated » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:50 pm

Sometimes 5's are scary, because they're loud and they startle you. And sometimes 6's just sort of make the ground wavy, and aren't scary at all. We had an 8+ here in 2015, and it was pretty "concerning", but it wasn't really that scary. And there was very little visible damage in my neighborhood (nothing I saw on the outside, mainly just some small cracks where walls and ceilings are joined, like you'd see when a house settles). Most of the houses here are made out of concrete, and are joined together. The plumbing here sucks, but I was impressed with how well everything held up to the earthquake.
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Re: looking for a builder

Post by nikotromus » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:52 pm

Can you please define 'light structure'? Do you mean construct the house out of wood and NOT concrete/adobe? Or, do you mean keep the house under a certain size (sf, sm)?

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Re: looking for a builder

Post by thisisreallycomplicated » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:56 pm

I've heard that cobb houses are pretty sturdy, because they're basically one solid piece. Not individual bricks, like adobe.
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