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Re: Power failures


@alfresco wrote:

My nieghbor, who's a retired electrician has an extension cord hooked up to a sub panel in his garage looks a little hokey but I guess it works.

  I did the same thing, until a friend of mine suggested that I hook a dryer receptacle to the subpanel out in the pole barn where the generator was located.  I didn't have enough spare breakers to leave the generator hooked up all of the time, and I didn't like the idea of the generator being connected with the flick of a switch anyway, IMO the dryer receptacle made everything a lot easier and safer.

 

  Waist deep snow?  Our problem has been the heat.  We just had over a week of near or over 90 degree temperatures.  In the middle of February!

Junior

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90? yikes, and high humidity no doubt. I prefer the cold.

I'm going to look in to getting a whole house generator, it looks like this summer we're going to have a lot of blackouts.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/fires/article225626075.html

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@alfresco wrote:

90? yikes, and high humidity no doubt. I prefer the cold.

I'm going to look in to getting a whole house generator, it looks like this summer we're going to have a lot of blackouts.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/fires/article225626075.html


Over the last couple of weeks I must have seen this one Generac commercial a dozen times.  I hadn't seen one in months, but this must be the time when people are starting to think about them more.  

 

My brother has one at his house and loves it.  I get free natural gas where I live due to a deal that was made with the gas company for running a main across the property.  We have two gas wells within a very short distance of here (about 300 feet and 1500 feet), and the more distant one has the main running right under my front lawn.  If I had one of those generators in natural gas I'd be doing just dandy if the power went out.  Plus, with my house being very small and only needing a 10MBH window AC, I'd have no problem running everything off of a smaller one.  

 

One of these days, perhaps.  Until then I'll be roughing it.  Smiley Tongue  


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Junior

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Free gas that's awesome. My wifes uncle has the same deal with the water company.

I'll  probably be roughing it for quite a while it's hard to get service people to even come out here also the cost may be to rich for my blood Smiley Wink.

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@alfresco wrote:

I'm going to look in to getting a whole house generator, it looks like this summer we're going to have a lot of blackouts.

 

  They are expensive, especially if you do as I did, and get one big enough to run your central AC.  I contacted Generac and they reccomended a local contractor.  The final bill was $11,243.00, including the generator, installation, and a 250 gal propane containing 200 gal of propane.     

 

 

 

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Good info; I've bookmarked the post for future reference. 

 

gaines_wright wrote:

 

  They are expensive, especially if you do as I did, and get one big enough to run your central AC.  I contacted Generac and they reccomended a local contractor.  The final bill was $11,243.00, including the generator, installation, and a 250 gal propane containing 200 gal of propane.     

 

 

 


 

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..."My brother has one at his house and loves it. I get free natural gas where I live due to a deal that was made with the gas company for running a main across the property."....

 

  Wow!  Free natural gas!  If I had that I'd convert everything in my house to run on gas:  heat, stove, water heater, and even a few lights.  I wonder if someone makes a gas powered AC?  If your AC is only 10kbtu, you wouldn't need a very large generator and transfer switch.  

Assistant Professor

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Following this with the interest of eventually getting a generator.

Also because aside from Y and Δ circuits (and Pw=IE), the majority of my power engineering knowledge (from... 1978-ish) is in a book somewhere in my attic.


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@gaines_wright wrote: 

Wow!  Free natural gas!  If I had that I'd convert everything in my house to run on gas:  heat, stove, water heater, and even a few lights.  I wonder if someone makes a gas powered AC?  If your AC is only 10kbtu, you wouldn't need a very large generator and transfer switch.  


Oh, trust me, I would too.  Luckily, though, my water heater, furnace and range are already natural gas, so I rarely use the microwave or other electric cooking appliances, especially during the winter.  Well, save for the toaster, that is.  Smiley Tongue  

 

The only thing I wish was different was my furnace.  My house is small enough that a floor furnace would be perfect, and that would need no electricity.  So, though I have all the gas I need, when the power goes out I still don't have heat.  This house used to have a floor furnace, as well as a wood stove in the corner of the living room, but both of those were removed years ago, and the only indication that either one existed was where the flue went through the ceiling, which is now covered with wood.  

 

Both my folks and I live at the end of our dead end road, and my house, which they own, is across the street from theirs.  They had a choice as to which house got the free gas, and though most people probably would have chosen their own house, they chose this one, as they surmised that the free gas would make it more attractive to renters.  Whether it really did I have no idea, but it works for me.  Smiley Happy  

 

The amount of free gas has a monthly limit, but in the 14+ years I've lived here I've never come close.  

 

My AC needs about 8.8 amps, so it's pretty efficient.  Even a mid sized portable generator would probably be enough to run the fridge, freezer, some lights, and the AC or furnace.  Maybe even a smaller one.  I see some at Home Depot for around $300 -$400 that would most likely be good enough.  Everything here is pretty small and doesn't draw much, though the fridge is pretty old and probably drawing a lot more than it used to.  Sometimes when it's warmer in the house it take the compressor in the fridge a couple of tries before it starts, though that could just be due to a weakening start/run capacitor. 

 

Edit:  I should add that I have no 220/240 service in the house, so no receptacle to be able to connect the cable in order for it to properly hit both hot bars in the panel.  I do to the panel, of course, and it's to the panel which I would have to connect the generator.  I'd have to have some help, but the neighbor knows a lot about electricity (he installs/maintains industrial heating/cooling systems), so he'd be able to help if I asked him.


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Junior

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I don't have 220 either. If you're going to get a generator you should look into inverter generators they're more expensive but they're easier on fuel consumpition and wont fry your electronics i.e. computers, Tv, etc.