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I have a 3850 watt generator; last Wednesday we lost power and I ran my sump pump, chest freezer, refridgerator, wireless router, laptop, couple of lamps, and a charger for our iphones/ipad that always had something plugged in.
I got about 8 hours on about 3.5-4 gallons that was left in the tank before I had to refill.
Bottom line is buy a generator and have a circuit breaker box installed for your generator (generac makes these) for when these situations occur. One awh sh*t wipes out all the atta boys...be safe!! Honda makes the best generators to run your home on for infrequent times. Some are made with "clean" power for electronics.
"it is never too early to drink, but it may be too early to be seen drinking"
Okay we lost power at nine this morning. I was at work when my wife called to tell me. I got back home around 11 or so. I cranked the generator up and hooked up one Directv receiver, a tv, and a 1,500 watt heater. I checked the gauge on the generator and wasn't even at the halfway mark so I knew I was in good shape. The power came back on at a quarter after 6 this evening. Freezing rain is still falling, and I, have a lot of tree damage. Huge limbs are down everywhere and one of my neighbors huge trees fell in my yard and crushed my fence (for the second time!) I hope our power stays on, but I am worried it might go out. I took my dog out a few minutes ago and it sounds like shotguns going off all around. It is really just the sound limbs breaking. If the power goes back out I will crank the generator back up and rock on. I didn't egg today, but we did eat leftover pork loin I grilled on Sunday so it wasn't a total loss!
Little Steven said:
Not trying to be contradictory or anything but the bottom line is that your panel is connected to ground at your panel neutral. There is no potential difference to allow current flow. The breaker will disconnect anything that might get up the lines.
I want to be an electrician when I grow up.
I'm from North Carolina summer and Okeechobee Florida winter.
I'm only hungry when I'm awake!
Now there is a tunder storm and it is flooding outside. Very hard rain. The current temp is 30 and it is supposed to get down to 28 tonight. I can hear trees popping as I type. My property is going to be trashed. I also can deal with snow DMW, but this ice is awful.
We survived. There are still people here that don't have power yet! This is the 8th day. It was the worst ice storm we have ever had. We were only without power for about a day so I was lucky. I had a lot of tree damage. I have huge old oaks in my front yard. They survived, but they dropped a large number of limbs. I had a lot of trees on my fence in the back and on the side of my yard. We didn't have power at work until over the weekend so I stayed home and worked in the yard on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There were 6 of us working in the yard on Thursday, 3 on Friday, 4 on Saturday, and 8 on Sunday. I bought a new chainsaw, and I used around 8 tanks of gas. There were also two others using chainsaws as well in my yard. We got most of it done. I have 3 1/4 acres so it isn't huge, but I live right downtown so it is a big lot for town. I still have at least a day of cleanup left. I had some limbs covering the deep end of my pool deck. We have all of that cleaned up now. I just have to get the leaves out of the pool. This weekend I am going to my parent's home and start cleaning up for them. My mom wants her yard cleaned, and my dad wants the pond dam cleared. My dad is not in great shape, but he is doing what he can. Me and my children will try to knock it out this weekend. I know you guys up north get hammered with feet and feet of snow, but this ice is awful. So much damage. I have neighbors that can see the sky in their living room from the new gigantic hole in the roof from the falling trees. Never again I hope.
Thanks WarWoman. I live south of Augusta. My little town is Louisville, GA. We are only about 3,000 people, but we had grand plans. We were the first capital of Georgia and remained so from 1796 to 1806. My house was built in 1890, and I live two blocks over from the site of the original capital. What town are you in?