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Old 12-12-2007, 12:08 PM   #15
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Ice storms are the worst! Heavy snow is a pain but it usually doesn't do any real damage. After our last ice storm in Maine I rigged the house to connect safely with the motorhome generator. Subsequently, we bought a new home and we now have a 6.5 KW generator properly wired to keep the furnace and other essentials going. However, it's still nice to have the AS sitting in the driveway as a final bail-out habitat - with it's own pair of Hondas and full tanks of propane! I wish everyone in the mid-west Godspeed in getting the power back on!
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:48 PM   #16
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Oh Juel I am so sorry that is a bummer! Ice storms are awful. Last years storms took out so many of our white pine limbs it was just terrible. Hang in there!
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Old 12-12-2007, 04:00 PM   #17
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Juel,My thoughts are with you.
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Old 12-12-2007, 05:22 PM   #18
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Juel

What a crappy thing to happen to your trailers. Then again, what a bonus to have them to go to when the need arose. I'm sure there are a lot of folks out there without that option who are suffering. Heck, even your pets were safe and sound.

Be careful about trying to move anything until the ice melts. I've been in a not nearly as bad situation and I was able to put braces (I used 2x4's) under several of the larger branches so that if they fell they'd be deflected away from my trailer and truck. I believe it saved considerable damage to the truck cab as one very large branch that would have come down right across the top of the windshield was deflected by my braces and landed in front of the truck. Unfortunately, another one I couldn't get a brace under did a real number on my fiberglass topper.

We're thinking positive thoughts for you.

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Old 12-12-2007, 07:28 PM   #19
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Thank you all for your good thoughts. I really was lucky I parked the trailers under the smallest trees and up close to the trees. The limbs just snapped and slid down the trailers. If they had been parked anywhere else by the bigger trees those limbs dropping on them would have caused severe damage. Here are more shots of our front yard. I am waiting for help to move the limbs. I don't want to try to move them by myself and do more damage to either trailer. I want to lift them and walk them away from the sides of those trailers. That will take "a little help from my friends".
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Old 12-13-2007, 07:49 PM   #20
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Got power back on, then off, then on. We're expecting snow tomorrow and Saturday. Hope everyone is safe at home and maybe better prepared for this round. I've been out to the Wally World for flashlights, batteries, gas cans and then to the gas station. Everyone be safe as we head into another winter storm front.
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:28 PM   #21
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Juel, our power has been off and on repeatedly through this, after the first 18 hour long outage. Even today, with the first glimpse of sun in a week, we had another hour long outage. It truly may take a while for all broken limbs to come down and lines drug along with them. We still have thick ice on tree limbs and on the ground. We saw some sun for about two hours before sundown and some of the ice on the ground started melting and running. We are forecast to be clear tomorrow and then 2 to 6 inches of snow overnight. One positive: sunlight on the ice was purely gorgeous today. Keep your batteries fresh and let's hope for a fast moving snow storm through our midwest! Keep us posted...~G
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Old 12-13-2007, 10:20 PM   #22
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Good luck with the lousy weather you guys. Hopefully by Christmas break things will have settled down for those traveling, and for you folks to have a good uninterrupted Christmas.

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Old 12-13-2007, 10:30 PM   #23
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Best of luck,

Missed you at Branson. Will keep you in my thoughts. I have been through the icestorm thing here in 2000. My old Audi blew up on the way home in the middle of the night and I bought my current TV, an F150. With the purchase this year of a 34' Excella, a 3/4 ton is in the future.

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Old 12-13-2007, 11:48 PM   #24
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Wow...a 34ft. I thought I had hit the big time with a 31ft. Glad you missed this storm, but you surely would have had a place to hide out in style. This whole thing is depressing enought, but think about the clean up coming as the weather improves. UGH!
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Sure looks like the view from our window back in January of this year. Of course we never got the snow that you're about to get. Hope you have had time to prepare for the second round.

I had a neighbor with a pretty good sense of humor during our big ice storm, or at least this struck me as funny.

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Old 12-14-2007, 05:10 PM   #26
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Generators - bah!

In anticipation of the nor'easter expected Sunday here in Maine I decided to exercise my Onan 6.5 kw standby generator. Wouldn't you know - in spite of faithfully exercising it monthly it absolutely refused to start (---keeps flooding!) I ramped it up in the truck and took it to my local repair shop - where I was told not to expect it back before Tuesday. Looks like I'll have to use the pair of Hondas if worst comes to worst - but they don't hook up to the house receptacle without investing in an expensive pigtail. That leaves the furnace out of service. I guess that this is yet another example of "Murphy's Law!."
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:23 PM   #27
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In anticipation of the nor'easter expected Sunday here in Maine I decided to exercise my Onan 6.5 kw standby generator. Wouldn't you know - in spite of faithfully exercising it monthly it absolutely refused to start (---keeps flooding!) I ramped it up in the truck and took it to my local repair shop - where I was told not to expect it back before Tuesday. Looks like I'll have to use the pair of Hondas if worst comes to worst - but they don't hook up to the house receptacle without investing in an expensive pigtail. That leaves the furnace out of service. I guess that this is yet another example of "Murphy's Law!."
A word of caution, and I am in no way implying that most of you don't already know this. Be careful connecting your generator to your house without FIRST disconnecting your house from the electrical power grid. The life you save may be the power company guy who is out there in horrible weather tryng to restart the flow of electricity to you.

Backfeeding to the grid had injured a few linemen after Katrina and made hot allot of lines in neighborhoods that were thought to be dead.

BTW - you can make a cheap pigtail from parts at Home Depot and connect to your dryer plug. Just remember to throw your main breaker to the OFF position.

Generators are like the 14 year old son - they know it's grass mowing day and refuse to get started doing it...........
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Old 12-16-2007, 11:21 AM   #28
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A word of caution, and I am in no way implying that most of you don't already know this. Be careful connecting your generator to your house without FIRST disconnecting your house from the electrical power grid. The life you save may be the power company guy who is out there in horrible weather tryng to restart the flow of electricity to you.

Backfeeding to the grid had injured a few linemen after Katrina and made hot allot of lines in neighborhoods that were thought to be dead.

BTW - you can make a cheap pigtail from parts at Home Depot and connect to your dryer plug. Just remember to throw your main breaker to the OFF position.

Generators are like the 14 year old son - they know it's grass mowing day and refuse to get started doing it...........
A good reminder for all - but I do personally have a properly installed generator panel and exterior connection. My problem is that the exterior connection that connects to the 6,500 kw generator is different from the 30 amp connector on the parallel connector of the Hondas. I priced out what it would take to make the connection work and it was over $100 for parts. As for the bloody darn Onan generator, it started right up after sitting overnight in the heated repair shop! The shop owner drained the carburetor before he tried to start it - which I had already done two times. I think the third draining may have been the key - possibly serving to finally get rid of any remaining water in the system. He also said that he had been seeing a lot of water in the fuel this year - which surprised him. Anyway, for $10.00 and a bit of aggravation the generator is ready to run again. I hope that I don't need it!
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