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Things That Need To Be Invented
By George Porter
This is obviously the third article about what I think needs
to be invented to make our homes
better. The first was about an air conditioning system for the
gulf coast. The second was about a laser carpenters square and
this one is about roofing and information storage for the home.
Putting down shingles takes time and a little skill to make
it look right. In the winter you have to put some warm sealer
under each one so it won't blow off. Moving the home presents
some problems with shingles, not only do they have to be netted
down somehow, you have to fix the holes in the roof from the wood
strips or what ever they use. There is room for improvement here.
So here's the thing you should invent; shingles that install
like vinyl siding does. It would be like putting up shingles in
12 foot strips. Once you got the starter strip right at the bottom
edge then the rest is fairly automatic. Please don't get the idea
that all you have to do is put siding on the roof because it will
not work. When siding is hung vertical there is little to no chance
that water is going to run straight up the wall and get under
the siding. However, it can on a roof, the wind will push water
up under it easily so in it's present form it can't lay this flat.
If it would work then we would have nothing to invent would we?
- Here are some ideas
- 1. How about two locking places in the siding about 4 to
6 inches apart? This would give two barriers for the water and
be twice as tight.
- 2. Maybe the strips could be installed running up and down
- 3. How about if the roofing came in 4 x 8 foot sheets like
plywood? This would sure cut down on the number of pieces you
would have to apply
- 4. Has anyone ever seen a HUD code home with roll roofing?
It is material just like shingles but it comes in big rolls and
you just seal it to the roof. It is used mostly for very low
to flat pitched roofs.
This idea is more of a system that needs to be developed than
an actual tool but it would be a real asset to the industry both
now and in the future. What if, when a home was being built, there
was a computer located at each station in the line that gave the
workers in the specifications and plans for how this particular
home was to be assembled. There would be no paperwork and by interacting
with the computer workers could actually ask questions about things
that they might not be clear on in the specs. These directions
on the screen could include pictures and diagrams that you could
magnify by just clicking on them on the screen. Comments could
be entered by the workers on the line that could be instantly
read by the engineering dept. with no paging or hunting someone
up. The line must move and when a question must be answered and
you can't get an answer, sometimes the whole problem must be moved
on to the next station and addressed after the home is out the
door in the lot. Inventory control would be instantaneous because
what ever materials were used on the station would be entered
by the workers and would be subtracted automatically from the
supply on hand. When the supply got to a certain point the computer
would either order it automatically or notify someone before it
All this would be great but here is the part that I like the
best. Before a home moved on to the next station in the line,
a single computer disk, that would accompany every home while
it is being built, would be plugged into the computer at each
station and all the work and material with part numbers etc. would
be downloaded to that disk. This disk would remain with the home
until it got to the end of the line then it would be copied. One
copy would remain with the plant and the other would be loaded
into a computer especially programmed to down load the installation
manual and a blocking diagram specific to the home they just built.
The process would go into the computers memory and the disk would
go into a special pocket in the Data Plate. This disk would remain
with the home forever and will always provide every single once
of information about that home that exists. Pull it out 20 years
from now plug it into any computer and it will give you hundreds
of pages of specs and instructions. All this exists now and is
being used in many other industries in one form or the other.
All you will have to do is put together a system that works for
us. Figure out how to do this one and you will be able to buy
your own Caribbean Island and a Lear jet to take you there. Good
luck and I hope you let me visit you sometimes.