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60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: Bo
Date: October 29, 2019 09:33AM
Power went down Saturday evening and looks like it could be another day or two. We are fortunate to not be threatened by the Kincade Fire about an hour north of us. They have it much tougher indeed. For us it’s mainly an inconvenience and we’re rolling with it. Gas stove and water heater have been very nice to have.

No fuel and limited ice has been available in the county for a few days now. Thinking of driving down to the ice factory in south SF this morning, loading up a few hundred pounds and distributing around the neighborhood.
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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: 3d
Date: October 29, 2019 10:06AM
It's nice to have one of those old style pilot-light type water heaters that work with no electricity. Not as efficient as the new models with circuit boards, but it's nice to have peace of mind. A hot shower really does wonders.

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Thinking of driving down to the ice factory in south SF this morning, loading up a few hundred pounds and distributing around the neighborhood.
I would save the fuel for emergency use only. You never know.



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 29, 2019 10:23AM
....samsies.......you won't know if you might need additional fuel if the outage goes even longer so don't waste it until you know you are out of the woods......



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: October 29, 2019 10:25AM
Having been through a few hurricane outages of a week or more, I feel for you.

A few suggestions - Solar power patio/yard lights are great for the evenings. You just put them out during the day and bring them in overnight for lighting. No need to spend hundreds on a fancy cooler, the Coleman Xtreme 5 is less than $50 and ice lasts almost as long (less than 24 hr difference). Even a small generator will keep the essentials going (refrigerator, TV, fan, chargers) - but if you want more the Champion 7500 Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator is a good choice at ~$750.



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: October 29, 2019 10:26AM
Longest I've gone without electricity in my home is, IIRC, 8 days. We were lucky enough to have running water, but of course only cold water: Sandy killed the boiler. We also had working gas, but had to scrounge for matches. My area is still a mess because of that storm, and the mess just keeps going. I'm sorry for anyone going through these disasters. Fire must be worse,



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: davester
Date: October 29, 2019 10:49AM
We lucked out. Our power went out Saturday and we were expecting it to stay off through tomorrow but the power came back on yesterday evening and the planned outage for today has been cancelled. Yippee! I still can't go back to work since it will take them 24 hours to reenergize the site. What's really annoying is that not only does the power go out, but all the cell towers near me go out at the same time.

Bo, I've got 40 lbs of party ice in a cooler...it's yours if you want to drive to Berkeley.



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 29, 2019 10:58AM
Good luck!



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: AllGold
Date: October 29, 2019 12:53PM
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What's really annoying is that not only does the power go out, but all the cell towers near me go out at the same time.

Oops. I thought they were supposed to have battery backup. So much for that, I guess.



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: October 29, 2019 12:55PM
[www.evextend.com]

I haven't installed this yet, but I've been planning to do it for several months now. This thread may have motivated me a bit.



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: October 29, 2019 01:53PM
This is the nice thing about having this camper van parked outside my house. For one, it's a good "go" vehicle, always parked nose out with a full tank of gas.

But in the event of an extended power outage, it has a decent size fridge and freezer than can run off of solar. It also has a smart TV, propane furnace and a lot of chargers for devices - all of which can run off solar too. Propane stove for cooking and a microwave that can run as long as i start the vehicle and turn on the inverter for a bit.

The only downside is that we currently have the water system winterized as night time temps have been in the teens for awhile. But we do have running water and hot water in the house without power.

We have been very fortunate to have a publicly owned utility district in our town that gets its power from Nevada Energy. So far this year, we have not yet had even one PSPS. We generally get our strongest winds mid-winter from typical Gulf of Alaska storms. The fire danger is reduced when there is 6 feet of snow on the ground.



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: Bo
Date: October 29, 2019 11:48PM
Now at 72 hours without power. Most surrounding neighborhoods atre back on but not here yet. Hopefully tomorrow.

Still doing fine though. Only a slight inconvenience. Gave me a perfect opportunity to defrost our Samsung fridge that has had a frozen drain and basically solid ice back panel.

Davester, thanks for the ice offer. Wife had picked up 140lbs the previous day that we distributed to our immediate neighbors and kept 40 ourselves. Still holding strong with that.
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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 30, 2019 08:08AM
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[www.evextend.com]

I haven't installed this yet, but I've been planning to do it for several months now. This thread may have motivated me a bit.

Sold out.



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 30, 2019 08:12AM
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Bo
Now at 72 hours without power. Most surrounding neighborhoods atre back on but not here yet. Hopefully tomorrow.

Still doing fine though. Only a slight inconvenience. Gave me a perfect opportunity to defrost our Samsung fridge that has had a frozen drain and basically solid ice back panel.

Davester, thanks for the ice offer. Wife had picked up 140lbs the previous day that we distributed to our immediate neighbors and kept 40 ourselves. Still holding strong with that.

Good luck!



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: wowzer
Date: October 30, 2019 10:28AM
I was out 2 weeks after Sandy,,,and a snow storm. That was bad. My breath fogged INSIDE the house. It was really miserable. GL!



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 30, 2019 12:09PM
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I was out 2 weeks after Sandy,,,and a snow storm. That was bad. My breath fogged INSIDE the house. It was really miserable. GL!

Winter is rough without power. I think I would shut off the water, open the taps and go to a hotel.



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: October 30, 2019 02:20PM
Never off for more than a few hours here where I've lived for 20+ years.

Of course, when I leave the neighborhood whether I turn left or right onto the main road there's a fire station within a couple of miles...



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Re: 60 hours without power and counting
Posted by: Bo
Date: October 30, 2019 03:34PM
And power is back up! Just about 80 hours of downtime. Not supposed to be any more “wind events” this week so that should be it for the grid shutdown.
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