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DC Power Outages

Discussion in 'The OT' started by RasputinAXP, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Jul 1, 2012 #21 of 101
    Rich

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    Read my last post, no need for extension cords.

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  2. Jul 1, 2012 #22 of 101
    SayWhat?

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    We had an ice storm one January that knocked power out for about 2 days. Local stores sold out of generators the first afternoon. You couldn't buy one anywhere, even on-line since the storm was so wide spread.

    I shopped around over the next few months comparing and found a great deal on an 85Kw with electric start (not auto start). Received it in December. Just a couple of weeks later we got hit with an even bigger ice storm that paralyzed several states. There was so much damage, they actually shut the grid feeds down from the main transmission lines -- virtually unheard of. I was out for nearly 11 days, but with the generator, I was fine as long as I could get gasoline. None of the local stations could pump gas from their tanks without power. I had somebody bring some in from about 60 miles away when they had to go for something else.

    I've used it several times since on shorter outages. Like the other poster, I've hauled it around the property when I needed power tools in areas beyond the reach of cords.
     
  3. Jul 1, 2012 #23 of 101
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    I'm in southwestern VA, and got hit by this too. I lucked out and am on the same grid as the hospital. SOme of my friends may be out for 2 weeks or more
     
  4. Jul 1, 2012 #24 of 101
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    Gotta ask, how much did that monster cost? I know renting one that big costs a small fortune.

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  5. Jul 1, 2012 #25 of 101
    SayWhat?

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    Probably off by a decimal point. Probably should be 8.5Kw. It's 8,750 W peak, 8,250 W continuous. Somewhere around $700 shipped.
     
  6. Jul 1, 2012 #26 of 101
    Rich

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    That sounds more sensible, you could run my house (and several others) with no problem with an 85KW gennie. Still, that's a great price. I was wondering how you were dragging around an 85KW, need a truck for them.... :lol:

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  7. Jul 1, 2012 #27 of 101
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    I live halfway between DC and Baltimore. Our A/C went out in the first heat wave a week ago Friday. They couldn't send anyone to look at it until Wed. Fortunately, it was only a blown fuse in the control box. Then the storm came. We lost power at 11pm this Friday, and have been out ever since. So now it's 8 of the last 10 days with no A/C, and temps have been over 90 most of that time.
     
  8. Jul 1, 2012 #28 of 101
    WestDC

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    just a reminder--should you use a generator always run it outside (never indoors)
     
  9. Jul 1, 2012 #29 of 101
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    Can't you drink bicarbonate of soda to add the one more carbon atom changing it to dioxide instead of the poisonous monoxide? :)
     
  10. Jul 1, 2012 #30 of 101
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    As you can see by my info, I live in Northern VA. We also lost power Friday night around 10 pm. The next morning cell service was pretty much out too (it did work when I got home at 4 am). Upon contacting the electric company, we were told that power would not be back on till Monday at 1pm. It was back on around 4 pm that day (of course, about 10 minutes after I emptied out our extra freezer). I had been running my generator for my main fridge and to keep our cell phones charged so everything in there was fine.

    We also looked into getting a room for the a few nights when we thought it would be a few days. The biggest reason that we couldn't find one was due to it being a holiday weekend (July 4th). If not for that, rooms would not have been an issue.

    As for extended outages in the DC area, unfortunately, PEPCO, which services DC and a good portion of the surrounding MD area, has an absolutely awful history of restoring power in a timely manner. NOVEC, which I have, and Dominion, which serves a lot of Northern VA, do a very good job of restoring power.

    Our power doesn't go out very often, but when it does it usually comes back fairly quickly. For example, the snow storm we had the a year ago (2 winters ago) had a lot of people without power. We managed three days (and we're on a well so now power means no water). We were told it would be another 3 days before power was restored. We made reservations at a hotel and about 10 minutes after that our power came back on.

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  11. Jul 1, 2012 #31 of 101
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    Another round of strong storms hit Southern VA and NC this afternoon. Hail, wind, and more outages.
     
  12. Jul 1, 2012 #32 of 101
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    I get AT&T outage reports. Even now, they have hundreds of sites out in the various areas, of course the others are in the same situation.
     
  13. Jul 1, 2012 #33 of 101
    The Merg

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    Apparently, even now, there are still some issues with cell service. Mine is working fine though (Verizon Wireless). It basically came back yesterday afternoon sometime just before the power came back on.

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  14. Jul 1, 2012 #34 of 101
    SayWhat?

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    Cell service failed early on in our ice storms. The sites either didn't have backup power at all, or it only lasted an hour or so.

    DO NOT rely on cell service in a major storm.
     
  15. Jul 1, 2012 #35 of 101
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    Ordering one tomorrow. Been out since Friday at 7:30 or so and they are projecting the 6th for eestoration Just got Internet back on my phone. I have a portable but am tired of running extension cords. So I hooked up a window a/c in a makeshift frame in my basement door. Looks Kustom but at least we have a cool room for TV and sleeping. Spent the rest of the time in the pool.
     

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  16. Jul 1, 2012 #36 of 101
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    This heat spell is nothing! While the temps are all time highs, the humidity is very low. mid to Upper 90's with higher humidity is much worse than 105 and dry, and is usury the norm.

    Georgia Power used to advertise how on average folks didn't lose power but once every five years. We must have lived in an exceptional area as it was once every few months. Though usually it was very short term. It was rare it was more than a few hours.

    I know several years ago when we had 2 ice storms 2 weekends Ina row, people were irate that the lines were not all buried. I thin Georgia Power came back and said that that would costs 2 billion dollars and rate would double-triple. It's just easier and cheaper to restring the above ground (eyesore) lines.
     
  17. Jul 1, 2012 #37 of 101
    RasputinAXP

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    My parents are up in Sussex County too; my dad got the last full-house generator at a mom and pop hardware store in Newton on the heels of Irene. Did the extension cord dance then, he's all wired up now.

    The power kicked back on at 4AM. Today was a much better weather day; we went to the National Cathedral for mass in the morning, came back to VA for lunch at a diner then rested at home and just got back from the Mall.

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    Ready to go home tomorrow. Hopefully we'll be packed and ready to go in the morning.
     
  18. Jul 2, 2012 #38 of 101
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    You might think nobody would do something that stupid, but I was doing a job for an MD and he had about twenty people in the house (living there). I found a bunch of them in the family room barbecuing on an hibachi. Told the doctor about the dangers of doing that in a closed room. He said it never occurred to him that it might be dangerous.

    I have seen people put generators under an overhang on their houses, that's damn near as dangerous.

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  19. Jul 2, 2012 #39 of 101
    AntAltMike

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    I remember back in the 1960s, some doctor squirted lighter fluid onto his barbecue coals to make them hotter and the can blew up and he caught fire, so then, instead of rolling around on the ground to put out the fire, he dove into his swimming pool and died of shock. You know the old saying, half of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class.
     
  20. Jul 2, 2012 #40 of 101
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    Gotta remember that one!

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