The HurriQuake Nail
The HurriQuake Nail is not part of the average gadget that we talk about at CG, it doesn’t contain anything electrical and you can’t use it on a day by day basis.
The special nail – a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener – is suppose to be used on your house and what makes it better from the other normal nails is being able to sustain (or add more resistance) in case a hurricane or earthquake hits your house, at least that is what they say. I wonder if all the damages made by the hurricane Katrina could have been lower if people used the HurriQuake Nail…
Anyway, it took 6 years of development to reach the final nail version, it is an “original” idea by Edd Sutt in which the focus is to – how to keep the nail from pulling out – when a Hurri/Quake joins the party and blasts a house. As you can imagine the basic idea is something like: if the nail doesn’t get pulled out, your house stands still. Apply this thought to the 8,000 nails that are required to use while constructing a house, and you are sure to be safe.
I believe the idea comes in a good time and people should take advantage of it, since the fears of previous hurricanes are still present and with the claims that HurriQuake boasts (50% more resistance to earthquakes, 2x resistance to high hurricane winds) the only smart thing to do is using it, unless there is a better option of course…
Since I only gave a general idea of what the HurriQuake Nail is able to do, you can read the full features and more statistics on this flash animation if you are interested enough.
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