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CapeCodCubs wrote:Not a happy camper in Massachusetts. My brother says I should be having fun. I am cold and sore from shoveling and snow throwing wet snow. When the storm hit and knocked out power the only heat I had was out in the Cubhouse, well 80 mph winds took care of the insulated stove pipe knocking that off the roof. So on Saturday morning early I got a ladder and climbed out onto the roof to fix the stove pipe and get a fire going. I was really nervous climbing an icy ladder onto the roof. As some of you know I fell a few months ago off a roof and broke my arm and hand in 20 places. I got the stove pipe in place and snapped a picture from the roof of the Cub House.
I have had no power since Friday and estimates are no power until this Friday. Saturday night temps hit 12 degrees and finally it has warmed up and is raining. Another storm is headed our way and I seriously doubt I will have power for another week. OUr electtric company got fined for not dealing with the last storm properly. All weekend long I did not see one utility truck. This is demoralizing when 3 days go by and the road hasn't been plowed and not a single (f)utility truck is in sight. All but one of the families in the neighborhood is still here. The others fled. I can't imagine being elderly with no heat, horrible winds, lightning and trees dropping left and right and not having any contact with anyone. Glad I am younger and don't mind hardship...am at work warming up. Hope those effected are hanging tough. Spring is just around the corner.
CapeCodCubs wrote:I took the wood stove out because I've already had the roof burn off the house once before. My brother came down with a generator. He lives in NH and has 5 of them. It is a Honda and runs for 3-4 hours and needs fuel. I am planning on buying a generator....never expected to ever be in this mess. Seems to me you went through the no generator thing last year until you got rescued by another forum member, Ed.
telleed wrote:Yeah I bought myself a diesel generator back in 2005 and the neighbors and everyone else thought I was crazy. Since then we lost power in MA in order: Ice Storm, Halloween Snow Storm, Hurricane.We did not lose power during the blizzard though. They no longer think I am crazy, BTW.
I have a generator I made up to fit on the drawbar of the cub and runs off of the PTO. It is a nice rig but cannot compare with the diesel for fuel. Standby consumption is key. The sweet spot is 6 to 7.5 KW unit for standby: 1/4 to 1/3 gallon an hour. 0.8 to 0.9 under full load. Do not go bigger than that if you can help it. You can run a dryer or dishwasher or AC if you take turns, it is no big deal. 30 gallons in the tank is good for 5 days straight or two weeks if you power off at night.
wfmdfm wrote:Well working for the power company and the amount of time I am away during storms I see the need for a generator. I got one about 8 yrs ago after earning a bunch of OT $$ on storm duty. Since buying it I have never needed to put gas in it. Well this storm as I was working we lost power. Over the phone I talked my 21 yr old and 17 yr old daughter thru starting it and hooking it up to the appliances( for them the only need was cell phone charging). 2hrs later they got there lights back. I will drain the tank and carb and hope it sits for another 8 yrs.
PS- I got back home tonight
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