Epson 3800 VS 3880 what's the difference?

Started Aug 19, 2009 | Discussions thread
Vernon D Rainwater Forum Pro • Posts: 13,521
Re: Epson 3880

1943Mike wrote:

I no longer live in a tornado prone area but, when I was a young man (19 - 22) I went to a small college in Emporia, Kansas. That was in the area known as "tornado alley" - so called since its location and topography are well suited for the formation and sustenance of tornados. I saw a few tornados from a relatively safe (10 to 12 miles away) distance but, fortunately, never much closer.

I believe that "playing the odds" (the belief that it will never happen here .. or to me), lack of interest (and knowledge) in building homes more resistant to tornados, and expense are the factors that keep people in those areas from buying "safer" homes. I must add that I may be wrong about the lack of interest. It's probably more a home builder philosophy than a home buyer one. Again, that was back in 1962 to 1965 so I'm sure there are more and more people thinking along the lines of safe construction these days. I suppose it's just a matter of expense and general acceptance of new methods of construction.

Here are two articles that may be of interest to you:


I was impressed by the pictures on this old post.

Something we the Europeans do not understand is why houses are not built of harder materials (brick and mortar) in tornado-prone areas.

Is there a cultural reason? Why are they still built out of wood? Brick and mortar houses would not stand higher winds?


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Concerning normal "Brick and Mortar" for Homes. I expect these would not be sufficiently better for preventing Destruction and/or even damage as compared to normally constructed homes.

Perhaps if the Brick and Mortar approach started with a more robust foundation that is (deeper and heavier) reinforced Concrete with the type of Mix that withstands stress before breaking apart (such as for bearing heavy loads) -- then, a heavy steel constructed overall structure for the entire building (Home) then, the Brick and Mortar would not be the main strength for bearing the excessive forces of severe Tornado's and the Heavy Steel would be the main "force bearing" part of the building.

That type of construction would logically be much more expensive as compared to normal Wood construction even though wood type of building (plus Brick Veneer) costs are already excessive.

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