Power Out in South Louisiana...

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  1. biomedtechguy

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    Since 4 AM Saturday morning...
    The post-tropical storm that came up from the Mexican coast headed straight for south Louisiana, went right through where I live.
    13,000 without power in my parish (that's county for the rest of y'all). Trees and limbs down the main problem.
    Funny thing is that the winds may have been 60-70 mph tops, but I think the ground was saturated with water and I also think there may have been some mini-tornados or other concentrated areas of high winds.
    2 generators running, one for light duty electronics (TV, satellite, a few lights) and the bigger 8750/7500 continuous watts one has a 240V outlet that I made a power cord for to run the well water pump. It's nice to have running water.
    2 weeks after Katrina, where I used to live, I was able to buy a whole house generator from Home Depot. I poured 4 concrete columns to mount it on, hooked up the supplied breaker panel to the most important circuits and plumbed in the gas line to our main gas line. Had power 2 weeks before service was restored.
    I'm wanting another whole house generator for where we are now, but it will have a transfer switch and run everything.
    My best guess is power may be restored tonight.
     
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    • Jerry Hall

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      Great you have some of the necessities back up and running. I agree no power sucks.
       
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      Glad you were prepared. Right now almost 1 million customers are shut down in No Cal. Not sure if Dennis is impacted. Being in the center of the central valley I am not affected by this one. Last time this happened there were stories of restaurants and stores throwing away unbelievable quantities of food because of it. They actually set up food disposal sites for folks cleaning out freezers and refers! Pathetic.
       
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      • biomedtechguy

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        I grilled a roast during Katrina...
        :thumbsup:
         
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          My in laws, who are on Mississippi Power were without power for about 16 hours yesterday. We lost trees here at the house, by the root and that’s how the cows got out. I chased cows and fixed fence and cut trees from before dawn until 0930-1000. The wind tore a shutter from the house. Wasn’t expecting that kind of wind, but fortunately we never lost power.
          Hopefully they’ll have you up and going soon.
           
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            You losing power due to natural diaster circumstances I can certainly understand, shutting off the power because of incompetence and Greed, I certainly can NOT understand! You are better prepared then most others. Good Luck
             
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              I live in Manitoba Canada about 1hr north off Winnipeg we had a massive Colorado low pass through our province the week before last and dropped 20inches of wet heavy snow and ended up we had no hydro for 5 days! I have a small backup generator as we live in the "sticks" usually l start the thing at least once a year but last summer l never did it and boy did it turn out to be a kick in the teeth no way would this son of a b***ch start si o power meant no water as we have our own well! I managed to borrow one from my son for a couple of days but had to return it sooner than I wanted to the power cane back on for around 5hrs before going back off yet again!!! Lucky we had filled up a bunch of 5gallon pails with water as no power also meant no water to flush the toilet!!!Eventually the power did come back on. According to our local news last night at 6pm there were still a bunch of families farther north still without power. Thank God for our woodstove in the basement the wife was cooking all sorts on it. I took my generator to a local small engine guy who cleaned out the carb he said the carb was all fouled up due to the ethanol in our gas up here!!! I certainly wont be using any of that crap ever again
               
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              Lucky in Kentucky. Power out 4.5 hrs yesterday afternoon because of limbs on power lines.
               
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              I despise ethanol laced gas...
              Corn piss gas...
              100% gas about 5 minutes away from home. That's ALL they sell, plus diesel.
              Anyway, I use that 100% gas in all of my small engine gas tanks, 4 and 2 stroke.
              POWER IS BACK ON! as of about 30 minutes ago.
              :thumbsup: :bananadance::bananaweed::drinks:
              :bday:(feels like my Birthday)
              My next door neighbor miswired a cable to backfeed his generator through a heavy duty 240V connection the electrician wired in. The neighbor missed 1 120 leg, so he was feeding 120V into a 240V breaker to feed some of the house.
              Well, less voltage means a LOT more current, current = HEAT and one of his outlets scorched the wall really bad. Smoke detector went off!
              I found the error, rewired the cable, and that fixed the problem. I also wired up a jumper cable for a 2nd, smaller 240V capable generator and used that for his well water pump.
              I'll tell ya, if we get hit with an EMP, the feces is going to hit the rotary oscillator...
              This has been good practice for a Zombie Apocalypse, less the Zombies...and firearms...and chainsaws...
              :lol:
               
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                Purchased a 14kv Whole-house generator with transfer panel 7 years ago after we were out of power for a week and half and never have had to use it. lololol At least it's there in case I need it.

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                  Hope it is hooked up now, not much use just sitting in the garage.
                   
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                    Yes, Jerry, it's all hooked up :rolleyes:

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                      One of the things that I was disappointed with in the Generac that I bought was having to replace the magnets and brushes. I didn't think that the amount of usage it got was worthy of what are admittedly wear items wearing that quickly.
                      I am looking at Kohler as an alternative brand this time.
                      Liquid Cooled is the shiznit, but they run DOUBLE the cost of an air cooled 20K watt unit. EEK! So $5k vs almost $11k...
                      I'll make do with air cooled..
                      And buy Roadrunner stuff with the $5k I save...
                      :bananadance: :lol:
                       
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                        I need to either fix the one I have or get another. Mine is a 7000 continuous Generac and needs a carb. Got it but still not on it. It also needs attention as it isn't putting out clean power.....
                         
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                        A power outage will inspire action...
                        Do it ahead of time because trying to get help during an outage is difficult.
                         
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                            He was just checking on ya Mar...
                             
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                                Glad your power's back up! Apparently it's windy everywhere today. 'Oldkimmer' Kim posted on FABO about 100mph winds up in his canadian neck of the woods, in addition to what others are saying. Watching it gust pretty good on the 49er game, a couple of hours north of me. We're getting 15-20mph but no problems....temps in the 60s/70s, I drove the car for pastries this morning, even got out for 25 miles on the bike (ok that sucked!) No power disruptions in my area thankfully.

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                                  I'm a Lineman by trade, no not the NFL type.
                                  I've worked all over most of the East coast for storm duty. What I see happening in California is just backlash from being blamed for previous wildfires. The utilities there were blamed for starting fires, so this year, shut it off. Which do you prefer?
                                  Guess what, there are still fires, only now you can't blame the local utilities. Wait til they turn it back on, it's a lengthy process, cold load pickup.
                                  Enough said.
                                  EVERYONE should seriously consider a whole house generator run by propane with enough fuel capacity for several weeks.
                                  You do not need to run it 24/7 to maintain your refrigerator/freezer etc, just 2 cycles of 4 hours per day is enough. Winter is different, my home can probably go for a month, if not more, with standby wood stove. The only thing I really need 240v for is the well pump, everything else 120v. My generator is 6500 watts, that's it.
                                  Build your house wisely......
                                   
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