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     fixbear updated 1 week, 5 days ago 5 Members · 9 Posts
  • fixbear

    Member
    October 8, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Ok, so we had a bad squall come through the area on the 7th a little past 15;00 hours EDT. 65 MPH wind gust’s. I lost power with about 46,000 other National grid customers and 2 people died from tree injury’s in thier car or golf cart. I’m COPD and dependent on machines that use power. Problem is they were overwhelmed and I was told it would take 48 hours to restore my area.

    So, what standby generators have you seen and what’s a reasonable cost? I had a lot of experience with prime power from 40KW to 2400 KW years ago, But nothing lately, and nothing for stand-by. Not sure what I’m getting into here.

    With Hurricane Delta headed here Monday, Probably a bit late on my part.

  • ShawnF

    Member
    October 8, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    The last one i bought was actually at Aldia. 3kw. Have had it for 10 years. I find the predator line at harbor freight to be pretty good. Keep up with the hours and change the oil as needed. I was a 52D20 in the army for 11 years. Generator repair.

  • ShawnF

    Member
    October 8, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Diapite what most people do. I always build a small shelter around mine. Even though most are fairly quiet it helps protect them feom tje elements and dampens the sound. Ensure enough room for air flow…

    • techtownmayor

      Administrator
      October 11, 2020 at 8:30 pm

      VERY smart. I’ve heard more stories of people who have a generator and couldn’t use it because it wasn’t installed right than those who could…

  • fixbear

    Member
    October 11, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Just a quick update. It was determined that the storm we had on the 7th was a rare Delvechio. (not certain of the spelling) 240 miles long and gust at 110 MPH. Other than a heavy ice storm, i’ve never seen so many outages and broken poles. We had 47.000 without power and as of tonight, there is still 7800 out. Tropical storm Delta is about to come into the area, so the fun starts again. I;ve never seen the outage map look like a Christmas tree before. But when it takes 5 days to restore power it’s crazy

    • ectofix

      Member
      October 11, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      One thing I’ve discovered is they never designate a storm as a derecho until after the fact.

      That’s some kind of weather you’re having, @fixbear . Hopefully the remnants of Delta will be easy on you as it was here in TN. It was just a little breezy and got some good rain, but no storms or anything significant.

    • ectofix

      Member
      October 11, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      Here’s a nail-biting videofrom a derecho we had in Nashville earlier this year:

      • nafets47

        Member
        October 12, 2020 at 11:15 am

        That was crazy!

  • fixbear

    Member
    October 12, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    I’ve only seen this phenomenon twice in my life. Previously in 1952 when it flattened my grandfathers masonry bus garage. along with 9 coaches. One has a warning with hurricanes and tornadoes, but not a Derecho. We were just expecting gale force gusts.

    Mother nature rules for sure.

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