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Old 12-14-2008, 09:10 AM
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Due to a tree fall, I have had no electricity since 1am Friday Morning. I only live 5 miles from my office so I came hear to check the news and e-mails.

My gas water heater does not need electricity so I have taken a couple long showers followed by fastfastfast towelling off!

Tonight is the 1st in 3 nights that it's not forecast to go below freezing, just to 33 degrees, lol. Then it's not supposed to freeze again until Tuesday night. Since I don't work Tuesday I will have until then to decide if I need to drain my pipes and water heater.

Fortunatly I have a lot of camping gear, so I have hot meals and can sleep warm. Others are not so fortunate and have to squeeze into shelters at night. My POSSLQ has fled to her daughter's and I may join her but for now I'm sitting tight minding the store.

I know you folks will cross your fingers for me and those less fortunate. To the members in warm areas, take a cruise in the sun and think warm thoughts back at me !!

Old 12-14-2008, 09:36 AM
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5k generator and an electrician will lit the burner
Old 12-14-2008, 09:36 AM
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What in the world is a POSSLQ?

I followed along up to that point.

Did the tree hit your house? Or did it take the power lines out and you are waiting on repair?
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twentynine - 12/14/2008 11:36 AM

What in the world is a POSSLQ?

I followed along up to that point.

Did the tree hit your house? Or did it take the power lines out and you are waiting on repair?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/POSSLQ
Old 12-14-2008, 04:15 PM
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I used to wonder why so many folks up north had propane heat - it can't be cheaper than oil. I guess the water can auto circulate if you open up the zone valves...

Good Luck - been reading about the storm. What a disaster! Several of my friends had to wait till today to go to their VT and NH cabins due to road closures. Their automatic freeze warning phone calls were coming all weekend! We lucked out on this one in CT! I htink the Mass border was the ice line. We just got tons of rain and local flooding.





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Hope they get your power back on before long. We had an ice storm here back in 2006 that knocked power out to my house for 5 days. Since then, my utility provider has spent millions on tree trimming to clear the lines.....we had folks in outlaying areas that didn't have electricity for 2-3 weeks. HUGE uproar from the customers about how the provider hadn't been paying attention to the trees around the lines.
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My 93 yo grandmother (lives on her own) would not leave her house. My local FD contact said there would be no idea when power was coming back in her neighborhood. She is the last house shared on the utility pole, I have friends across the street from her who are out also.

She's hot wired on my 7KW Honda and I'm off to pour some more gas into it. She's not happy that Bob's genny is loud and she can't sleep well.

26 hours of quiet run time on a measured 6 gallons of gas. I need a boat with that burn rate.

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Leave that water trickling so the pipes don't freeze on ya. Good luck Pal......
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LI Sound Grunt - 12/14/2008 6:15 PM I used to wonder why so many folks up north had propane heat - it can't be cheaper than oil. I guess the water can auto circulate if you open up the zone valves... Good Luck - been reading about the storm. What a disaster! Several of my friends had to wait till today to go to their VT and NH cabins due to road closures. Their automatic freeze warning phone calls were coming all weekend! We lucked out on this one in CT! I htink the Mass border was the ice line. We just got tons of rain and local flooding.
I used to wonder why anyone lives up north. I still do.





But I'm glad they do.
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The tree pushers came by around 1pm and cleaned up the mess (down the street). They told some folks to expect the wire crew Tuesday or Wednesday. I think that's the generic placebo advisory though.

The old lady was whining about 'sleeping alone and since it wasn't going to freeze tonight there's no excuse to stay in a cold house' so I did a quick drain of the pipes and left. lol, Gotta keep 'em happy!

If there's no power tomorrow I'll still have to do the water heater since it's going to be sub-freezing after that.

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I got home last night, about 7ish, and the power was on.

My neighbor had bought a 3250/3500 genset Tuesday and we were sharing it to run our furnaces. Since he expected to need it on job-sites I got one of my own so we'll be ok next time even if his is 20 miles away. lol.

The POSSLQ came home Wednesday morning to shower before work. What made her happiest was being able to use a blow-dryer!

For those who like technical details... I flipped the breaker for the furnace and the house-main to be certain. Then I used a pig-tail connector to hook in at the safety switch by the furnace. Both feed and return line were disconnected and capped off during this situation.

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