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OK time for the weather Pics
 
Deer on a Icy Morning.
 
 
Damaged trees from Mondays storm. This is Hwy 69 (a major truck route) Just north of Muskogee. It took 20 minutes trying to free a yard sign from the frozen yard when after getting to Muskogee. Needed a pick.


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Those ice storms are impressive!  Very rare that you see an ice storm like that up here.  I am pretty sure I would not want to be out on that road with other drivers.
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We have had 2-3 a year the past 4 years. This was a light one. This same area was without electricity for 6 weeks 3 years ago. This is why the trees stay so short here.
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You have to love ice storms like that. It's great when the power goes out..........and it's cold...........and you don't know when power is going to come back on. Almost had to bring my barbecue grill in to the kitchen one night last year. We were the lucky ones though. My house was built in 2004, so it's pretty well insulated. A lady warming up at the grocery store (they still had power) told me it was 39 degrees in her house. It only got to about 58 in mine. Impressive pictures.
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  We've had 4 ice storms this year here in WV. The last was on top of 3" of snow. I worked power line right-of-way maintainence for 15+ years and can tell ya it's not fun trying to get the power up and running after one of those storms. Pretty yes,but down right dangerous.
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Great pics, Lile. The thread title was a good one, too.
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Cool pics! Thanks.
 
We also get a few ice storms here in the Carolinas, from time to time. Last bad one was about 5 years ago and me and The Warden went without power for 5 days. We kept warm by keeping my wifes gas stove going in the kitchen with the oven door open.
(Old Indian trick.) Wink  
Some poor souls were without power for weeks that year.
 
Glad I got a wood stove....just in case!! Light It Up
 
It's amazing and quite scary how dependent some people are to electricity. Myself included.
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Cool pics! Thanks.
 
We also get a few ice storms here in the Carolinas, from time to time. Last bad one was about 5 years ago and me and The Warden went without power for 5 days. We kept warm by keeping my wifes gas stove going in the kitchen with the oven door open.
(Old Indian trick.) Wink  
Some poor souls were without power for weeks that year.
 
Glad I got a wood stove....just in case!! Light It Up
 
It's amazing and quite scary how dependent some people are to electricity. Myself included.
 
You definitely have that right Cheaptrick!  a couple of years ago due to a bad storm we lost power for about 5 days.  If it weren't for a small kerosene heater we would have been in a bad way.  About 2 days after the power was restored I ran out of Propane.  I had a rented 250 gal tank in the back yard that nobody could get to.  My furnace is a propane fired forced hot air unit.  Now I own a 1000 gal propane tank I buried in the side yard thats much easier to get to.  Full tank will last all season so it doesn't matter when it counts.  That and a generator down in the pole barn that I can use to back power the house in emergencies and run the well, septic, furnance and frig so I am good to go.  The only problem now is keeping a supply of gasoline in the pole barn my son doesn't try to use! ANd making it the 100yds to the pole barn!  LOL
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  Hey guys,PLEASE remember to connect your generators so they don't feed back to the transformer on the pole! 
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I'm with you Mark.  Also have a good airtight stove handy and a 6500W Yamaha generator just in case.
 
Right on 300S&W - should have a proper transfer switch.
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All this cold stuff is coming from CANADA (and Alaska, but I know why Sarah Palin is mad)...
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I love snow, sleet is ok, I HATE ice storms!!!!! I'm on day 8 without power, not to mention all the other problems it has caused.
Our utility co. has always been good in the past about getting the power back on after storms. Even after the hurricane came through it only took them 2 days to get the power on so I didn't think it would be that bad with this ice storm. Man was I wrong! I don't plan on being this unprepared next time. I see a 15kw generator and woodburning stove in my future. 
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  I feel for ya BF. We used to get ALOT of damaging ice storms. I've worked getting r/w's cleared and lines back up alot and can tell ya it's slow,dangerous work. The tension these trees are under when bowed over with the weight of that much ice is unbelievable. One touch of a powersaw on those limbs and you better be ready for anything.
  Your wise in getting prepared for another one. Just make sure your generator is installed so as not to feed electric back to the transformer on the pole. REAL scary to see a powerline glowing under the ice/snow when the power's supposed to be out!
  Meanwhile,GOOD LUCK and my thoughts and prayers are with y'all.
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I'd like to hardwire the generator to my house through my shed with a cutoff switch so I'm not sending power to the grid.
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   I borrowed a generator once when our power was out. All I did was pull my main breaker and hook up the to house wiring side of the main breaker contacts. There are commercial set-ups especially made for this now.

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Transfer switches cost a fortune and usually require professional installation.  An auto transfer switch is even worse!!! usually costing more than the generator.

Since my pole barn breaker panel is a sub-panel fed off of the main house panel, all I do is turn off the main breaker in the house to isolate everything from the power grid.  I added a small indicator lamp to the grid side of main breaker to let me know when the grid is hot again.  The all I have to do is kill the gen and turn on the main again.  Can't get any cheaper than that!

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Originally posted by budperm budperm wrote:

Transfer switches cost a fortune and usually require professional installation.  An auto transfer switch is even worse!!! usually costing more than the generator.

Since my pole barn breaker panel is a sub-panel fed off of the main house panel, all I do is turn off the main breaker in the house to isolate everything from the power grid.  I added a small indicator lamp to the grid side of main breaker to let me know when the grid is hot again.  The all I have to do is kill the gen and turn on the main again.  Can't get any cheaper than that!

This is what I had in mind.
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Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

Originally posted by budperm budperm wrote:

Transfer switches cost a fortune and usually require professional installation.  An auto transfer switch is even worse!!! usually costing more than the generator.

Since my pole barn breaker panel is a sub-panel fed off of the main house panel, all I do is turn off the main breaker in the house to isolate everything from the power grid.  I added a small indicator lamp to the grid side of main breaker to let me know when the grid is hot again.  The all I have to do is kill the gen and turn on the main again.  Can't get any cheaper than that!

This is what I had in mind.
  
It works like a charm!  I have a 5500W gen that handles surges to 6250W.  This means I usually keep my electric water heater OFF while cooking (electric stove) or charging the well holding tank.  Electric baseboard heat would be a killer, would need a 20kW gen or bigger to support.
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  Just heard on the radio that some people in W.Ky. may be without power for a month.
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Man, that truly sucks, an entire month???
 
Its biting cold here too this morn. below zero with the windchill.
 
There was a story on local news couple evenings ago where they found a 90yr old man
frozen to death in his own home because the power company had cut power.  They also found a pile of cash on kitchen table to pay the bill but the old guy had no transportation since city buses weren't running for 2 days.
 
I hope he was a relative of one of the Power Co. executives.
 
Man that just ain't right!
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  Heard about that to Bud,but where the H**L were his family,friends,and/or neighbors! We take care of our own around here.
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Originally posted by 300S&W 300S&W wrote:

  Heard about that to Bud,but where the H**L were his family,friends,and/or neighbors! We take care of our own around here.
 
Poor guy was probably a throw away.  Americans are the most wasteful people on earth!
Unfortunately, for the lower income that often means abandoning their old.  I hope this wasn't the case.  Sometimes its just that they outlive there own family and friends...(90).
I Look in local paper and everyday I see multiple listings for estate sales or auctions alot of which are all possessions and house/land, executor are court appointed.  This means one of two things... either there was no will or there was nobody to leave everything to.
Sad isn't it!
 
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Wife called me about an hour ago; We have power!
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