Monday, November 27, 2006

More Snow - No Electricity

It's 2pm and the electricity is still off. It went out before 9 this morning. I've got a big deep cycle battery from a boat hooked up to an inverter to power the DSL router and the laptop, so I can at least check the email and put up a brief post every so often. I've got a big propane heater in the iving room and a full bottle of propane, so we'll keep warm at least! Before the lights went out this morning KeeWee made a big batch of turkey soup and put it i thermos bottles, so all is OK so far....

I'll keepp you posted as this continues.....


At Monday, November 27, 2006 3:53:00 PM, Blogger Rivrdog said...

Genset, genset, genset, genset, genset, genset, genset, genset, genset, genset.

Gee, did ANYONE around here mention how nice a generator set would be right now?

No one did, huh?

I can fix that.

Genset, genset, genset, genset, genset, genset, genset, genset, genset, genset.

Now, drive over to the mainland, and go to a big-box store and get one, preferably one with a Honda OHV industrial engine in it. Buy a transfer switch. Invite your electrician buddy and his wife over for roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding, and have the tools all laid out for him next to your service panel. Actually, you don't need a $400 transfer switch, just get a 200 amp main breaker and have him put THAT in. When the power goes out, trip the main breaker to isolate your house from the street mains, start up the genset, and using an appropriate-guage double-male extension cord, energize your house off the mains. You might have to adjust the load to suit the capacity of the genset, but, I'll bet you have the math ability to do that.

BTW, have you gotten that GENSET yet?

At Monday, November 27, 2006 4:22:00 PM, Anonymous Damiphino said...

Just in case nobody has suggested it... have you ever thought about how nice a generator would be? People who have wells for their water find them especially helpful. I know you can fill your water glass out of the toilet tank, even the coffee pot, but sometimes the coffee gets a funny taste.

Oh, have you thought about getting a generator???


At Monday, November 27, 2006 6:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And another thing, you should take the coin you saved by making your own Econo Race Gun instead of buying one, and use that to buy a GenSet...

At Monday, November 27, 2006 8:14:00 PM, Blogger T. F. Stern said...

I wonder what they are trying to tell you... something about having another way to obtain electricity...hmmmm.

At Wednesday, November 29, 2006 11:27:00 AM, Blogger keewee said...

Hey you guys

At Thursday, November 30, 2006 3:35:00 PM, Blogger Rivrdog said...

Skin got thin during the outage, huh, KeeWee?

Now Practice with that genset. And it will require starting up once a month, maybe twice a month, to keep it reliable.

When you exercise the genset, hook at least a 1/3 load to it (an electric heater makes a fine dummy load) and run it for 1/2 hour. Do an oil change per the manual after a break-in run.

At Saturday, December 02, 2006 8:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

propane heater in the living room

Crack some windows open. Every time there's a big hurricane here in FL and the power is out for a few days we manage to kill a few due to carbon monoxide.


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