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Old 02-12-2014, 04:04 PM   #11
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Well, power came back for a few hours, and then off again, and finally back on. For now. More ice is coming and more trees will come down.

Praises be sung for Mr. Buddy style heaters! I have a Chinese knock off of the lil' buddy I got on sale at Home Depot. Runs 8 hours on low on 1 lb. Between that, the gas space heater in the basement and the cast iron steam kettle on the gas stove the house stayed in the tolerable 60+ deg range. It's a balmy 27F outside.

The contractor who built this house 27 years ago was annoyed at me for insisting on a gas stove.

Those people who snicker at "preppers" are the ones shivering in the dark wondering what's for dinner.

And of course we could abandon the house for the camper. Full battery and LP tanks. This should be over in about 24 hours.
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:28 AM   #12
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Looks like we have a reprieve coming. 52F by Thursday May melt some of this white crap. Hopefully, March will come in like a lion and go out like you know what. Looking forward to Spring and opening up my seasonal in NH.

May need to rehang the G5RVjr or put up a random wire.

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Old 02-18-2014, 05:54 AM   #13
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That is one thing I like about a home that is wherever I park it.. 5500 watts of ONAN under the dinnette. (provided there is gas in the tank) and enough battery that I can go quite some time and not even know shore power failed less I have A/C on.

And an antenna that comes down every week or two so putting it back up.. NOT a problem (plus I have a spare long wire).

Now the big question: I see this thread started a week ago.. How bad was it, Were all your antennas too small (Any antenna that lasts all winter is too small, or so they told me back in Michigan) or did they come down. I know many I listen to on 75 Meters in the mornings were talking about antennas lying on the snow.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:38 PM   #14
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The roads and trees iced over. I just stayed home as the roads were not passable. My airline job is not mission critical on a per flight basis.

The ice laden trees came down on the power lines and put us in the dark 3 separate short times. Others were out 3 long days. The antennas were all fine. In 2000 it tore up the quad pretty bad but I fixed the boom with a re-reinforcing kit Qubex put out after they realized the original boom would not handle any kind of ice load.

Brought in LP heaters, percolator, battery alarm clock and all that sort of stuff from the camper. Stayed about 65F in the house, recall it was only 27F outside, not that 5F stuff they get up north. Actually had a bit of fun. Watched no TV. Oh well. Got on the Internet via Kindle and the U-verse WAP which has a UPS.

My daughter camped out at the hospital where she works. They gave her an "atta-girl" reward for quick thinking when tired and under pressure, where her actions greatly improved the odds of survival/quality of care for several cardiac patients. There was no cardiologist available (at times) and her prompting steered the remaining non-cardio type doctors (an anesthesiologist and a general ER guy) towards the best course of action.

She had more going on there than we did here. Here was pretty laid back. We just stayed home, stayed warm and enjoyed the time to ourselves.

Looking forward to the next one.

BTW, it was 75F when I got off work today. Go figure.
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Thank God for good nurses! Had to get an arterial IV put in before they fixed my Aortic aneurysm. The doctor tried 3 times and then called the nurse in who got it right the first time.
You don't have to rub in the warm weather Wade, we only got 7" more yesterday.



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She's an EKG tech, among other things. So she gets to see a lot of cardiac issues and proceedures which put her in a good place to recommend course of action.

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Wait... they tell me next week it's back to the deep freeze. It's trying to get the peach trees to bloom and then kill the buds. That happens now and then.
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Wade, how bad was it (the power outage).. As an Rver (I assume you are an RVer) you should have a genny to keep the router routing and the modem modeming and the food in the fridge cold and perhaps the house furnace powered.

Me.. When the lights went out in Detroit (And I still had a house there) I have the needed connections to my Onan to do the job.
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Wait... they tell me next week it's back to the deep freeze. It's trying to get the peach trees to bloom and then kill the buds. That happens now and then.
OMG!! Not the peaches!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, another P***r V****x coming. It's like a bad apple here.

Oh well, It's New England......



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Wade, how bad was it (the power outage).. As an Rver (I assume you are an RVer) you should have a genny to keep the router routing and the modem modeming and the food in the fridge cold and perhaps the house furnace powered.

Me.. When the lights went out in Detroit (And I still had a house there) I have the needed connections to my Onan to do the job.
We have a 5ver and there is no generator. LP tanks full and batteries charged. We could have moved into the 5ver if we needed to. And I'm a little bit on the prepper side.

The power was off and on, out 2 to 6 hours several times at our house. Others had it worse.

We had 3 sources of heat: Gas space heater in basement; gas stove in kitchen, where we kept a kettle of water steaming; Mr. Buddy style portable heater. We could have lit the fireplace, but fireplaces are inefficient.

Food that required refrigeration could have gone outside or into the garage or the camper fridge but it didn't come to that. The WAP/Router/modem is part of AT&T Uverse which has a 12 hour UPS. Radios and LED lanterns ran on batteries.

Sweet Wife does think a generator is a good idea now, though. And a battery powered TV is on the shopping list, too.
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Came home from work, did a few chores. Wound up in a tee shirt and short pants. Opened the doors and windows to the house. Very warm outside, with strong thunderstorms coming late tonight.

Wondering when the next big snow will be here. The ones that clobber us badly are usually in March.
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