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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted July 16, 2010 04:09      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____ Most of you know that we live out in the Boonies. We are the last customer out the power grid.

____ Well yesterday during an Weather event we lost power, a big (sitter downer)ed tree brought down the power lines. closing roads and starting fires. Yes there were reports of cyclone activity but non were visible near us, the power company claims that they will have power back to us by noon today???? I don't think so. I also found out that our generator set is marginal for running our loads, Option A: buy a bigger Genset. Option B: buy smaller heating elements for the water heater, that will slow down recovery rate and lighten the load on the generator.

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted July 17, 2010 03:41      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____ Well update one, the phone has been restored. I started the generator about fifteen minutes ago, and we are awaiting the power company crews returning some time this morning. We have consumed fifteen gallons of gas with the generator, running the well, freezers, refridgerator, water heater. Damn that thing is noisy.


____ Well update to the update, I just went to the power companies website and those SOBs claim that power has been restored, the fricken pole is still on the ground, along with its wire, fixed my sitterdowner.

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Icon 1 posted July 17, 2010 06:15      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
____ Well update to the update, I just went to the power companies website and those SOBs claim that power has been restored, the fricken pole is still on the ground, along with its wire, fixed my sitterdowner.

I've worked with the system your power company probably uses, it uses all kinds of clever tricks (i.e. fuzzy logic guesswork) to figure out where the fault is, and who will be affected by it, based on which customers have called in to report the problem.

Sometimes it guesses wrong.

If it's showing the problem as fixed, call in and tell them it's not, this _should_ cause it to scan through it's data and guess again, maybe it'll guess correctly this time.

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted July 17, 2010 13:42      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____Well the narrative of the last 48 hours would be to long to read. The local HAM Radio club started an informal weather net, as the National Weather Service had not declared a spotter activation. As the string of thunder showers proceeded towards us we were keeping tabs of what was happening. Then the gust front came through visibility dropped to less than 1/8 mile rain like I saw in South East Asia, totally gray outside, I had to switch radios to have enough RF to make the repeater. Then one of the out of area TV stations announced that one of their spotters had seen a tornado on the ground right where we live. Nope not here, but both sides of us N and S sustained heavy wind damage. Large trees broken either by Straight Line winds or a Cyclone.

____ This is a low population area, and the power company had reports of 360 customers with out power. Must have been almost every one. Any way today about 48 Hours after the event power was restored, our generators put away, and now the raking and general pickup can begin.

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TheMoMan - glad to hear that the worst passed you by...but it still sounds like a worrying 48hrs.

I think that I would be reviewing generator capacity if I had been in your shoes!


Just a thought, but.. who gets the wood from the fallen trees? We don't have serious storms in the UK as a rule, but the last time we had a big one (the Sevenoaks storm of 1987) many many specimen trees were toppled, resulting in a big supply of fruit woods - apple, pear, cherry etc - that the musical instrument makers had previously only dreamt of.

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Icon 1 posted July 17, 2010 18:07      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____ Grummash, Well what I did was turn the breakers to the water heater off until the fridge. & freezer had ran for a few hours, then turn them off while the water heater was on. The Mrs and I showered and then turn the fridge and freezer back on whilst dumping the water heater.

____ Wind fall trees, once the Road Commission, or the power company cuts them up, anyone with a big enough trailer can load up the chunks, and cart them off.

____ Genset Cap. 5500watts. Water heater load 4500 watts.

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Icon 1 posted July 19, 2010 08:57      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Glad you are safe even though aggrevated. Hope you will be up soon

My boyfriend lost 7 trees in a recent storm. The carport was totally demolished etc. Luckily he and the house were fine.

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Icon 1 posted July 19, 2010 12:57      Profile for Doco   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Glad you are off the generator. Flipping breakers to manage the load is a pain - but doable for a couple of days. Personally I would just keep doing that - after all, how often do you have to do that - once or twice a year?

We had a "weather event" on Saturday evening - and I was in charge of our 4-H building at the county fair. Had about a one minute warning that we were going to be told to evacuate just because I was able to see the deputy *run* from the storm-spotter information booth to the fair board office (don't see deputies run unless it's important)

I got to be a guest of the county sheriff for a little while - because the shelter was at the county office/jail a half mile down the road. After that it was pick up the busted tents and overturned garbage cans - and thank god that a funnel didn't actually take out the fairgrounds.

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