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Old 04-05-2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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Power went out at 9:00 this morning and is still off from our winter storm. Can't wait until spring. I bought a 20KVA Generac stand along generator with auto start and a transfer switch over the winter but couldn't install it as I couldn't pour the cement pad. I'm down to two laptop batteries. I could hook up the 7500 watt generator, but that entails dragging it out in the blizzard. Winter sucks and was supposed to be over by now..
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Well, power is back on. We had our 5 and 7 year old nephews staying with us for the weekend. It's tough these days keeping kids busy without power for the pinball machine, video games or Cartoon Network, plus not being able to go outside. Had the wood fire going strong and it kept the house at 70* so no problems there. Cooked lunch on top of the wood stove. The kids said it was just like being in a cabin in Alaska. We managed to get along fine and at least I can get back in the shop tonight after we take them home to their parents. One and a half days is usually my "kid limit" as we never had any of our own.
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We face constant power outages down here and when we have problems that entitle more than 1 day without power we use 2 systems: a power generator for a few hours but also an inverter with batteries that are charged with the generator. Those generators are not built to be on for too many hours straight.

It's got to be frustrating seeing your generator right there and not being able to use it. Sorry man.
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Its awfully hot here.

Got all muggy today. Supposed to get down to the 60's on Tuesday though.


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Its windy as **** here..I have the flu...**** my life
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Its awfully hot here.

Got all muggy today. Supposed to get down to the 60's on Tuesday though.


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**** man, the 60s?

I'm gonna have to bundle up.
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Been brutal here past few days. Mid to high 80s, humid. And this is only spring...

Got a 6kw generator in the garage. Comes in handy during hurricane season here. You make friends real fast when you're the only one on the block running the fans and mixing margaritas.
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**** man, the 60s?

I'm gonna have to bundle up.
That's t-shirt and shorts weather here. Man I can't wait to move south. This winter has been terrible. I'm really glad the power never went out. I live in an apartment where the heat is electric.
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Been brutal here past few days. Mid to high 80s, humid. And this is only spring...

Got a 6kw generator in the garage. Comes in handy during hurricane season here. You make friends real fast when you're the only one on the block running the fans and mixing margaritas.
We had an enormous power outage in the south seattle area a couple years back. I was without power for a week, some without power for 2 or more weeks. 2 days into it I was driving by my friend's parent's house and decided to stop by and see how they were. I pull up and his dad is vacuuming...strangest experience ever if you can believe it. It was like being in a 3rd world country everywhere else.
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It was 65 here until the sun went down. I froze my *** off on the way home.....I was on the bike. It was 42 at 2:30 on the way home. Ahhhhhh the south!!
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(...)I pull up and his dad is vacuuming...strangest experience ever if you can believe it. It was like being in a 3rd world country everywhere else.
Yeah, it's always a bit surreal when the whole town's been dark for days, save for an occasional house here or there with the lights on, music pouring out, and folks swigging down cold beer.

Ideally, I'd like to have one large enough to run the A/C. That'd just be the absolute bomb.
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Ideally, I'd like to have one large enough to run the A/C. That'd just be the absolute bomb.
My new one will. 20,000 watt with a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder. Runs off of propane so I don't have to worry about filling up. It runs itself every two weeks for 10 minutes to keep the battery charged. As soon as it senses that the power goes out it will autostart 30 seconds later. It automatically switches the transfer switch so that it doesn't backfeed through the lines to the power crews working on the dead lines. It is hooked up to the whole house so you can use everything just like normal. After being without for 8 days last May from the tornado, I knew that I had to have one. Got a deal, too. It's a $4,000 generator with an $800 transfer switch. Paid $200 for everything. It has 67 hours on the meter. My buddy works for one of the local cellular phone companies and they were changing all of them out so I got the hookup.
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I was out of power for a total of 5 weeks during the 2004 hurricanes (Got hit 3 times)

3 weeks for the 2005 Hurricanes (Got hit twice)


Its absolutely surreal, especially in a natural disaster. I started resorting to a much more simple life, I would actually say it was nice. I just BBQ'd and went fishing everyday. There was no gas either unless we drove south, so I just hung out at my house with all my buddies.
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