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Link Posted: 6/8/2021 5:43:36 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Iamhere:


Yes, it is a good reference but they are still causing traffic jams.

No personnal offense. I am just a butthole.
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Dont have to worry bout me in traffic, just got hired by local government.  I dont get to leave...lol. so I'm 1 less vehicle on the road.
Link Posted: 6/8/2021 5:47:30 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Iamhere:


Am in Naples.

If you got questions or need help, let me know.

Some hurricanes we ignore and some set us into motion.

Depends ,.....
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Thank you. I'm really liking it here. Except the humidity.. holy crap its like Illinois when I was a kid. How far is Naples from Pensacola, might have to have a beer sometime?
Link Posted: 6/8/2021 11:24:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/9/2021 12:05:20 AM EDT by wmagrush]
I’m not a fan of backfeeding the house thru a dryer plug. First, it doesn’t isolate your house from the grid if linemen are restoring power. They could get hurt. Get a proper switch on your breaker panel for generator back feed. And if there is any damage to your house, a back feed could lead to house fires, as happened after hurricane Andrew.

MREs are OK, but better to get non-refrigerated type items that you would eat anyway from your preferred supermarket.

Two generators. One for daylight use, usually higher wattage output and louder. A second for nighttime use (like Honda or equivalent) for quieter night use on fans or window A/C units. And extension cords. Practice load sharing: plug in the freezer for a few hours, then fridge. Then the well to fill tanks or drums. Then hot water heater

A propane burner or Coleman stove for cooking with at least two standard 20 lb or so bottles of propane. Outside use.

If you have a well to supply water, then a electrical pigtail that can be wired into the pressure switch to run the well off the generator. A supply of spare parts for the generators like oil, spark plugs, fuel lines.

For aftermath cleanup, chainsaw and items to support cleanup. High top rubber boots if you may have to work in flood conditions.

If you have young kids, battery powered devices to keep them entertained and videos for them to watch. Old school for my kids was a 12volt TV with DVD player that would operate from a car battery. More energy efficient devices today.

A few gallons of bleach and a pressurized sprayer. Have been flooded before, and tearing out the wet drywall with the ability to treat the studs with bleach will help with mold mitigation. The bleach is also good for water purification if needed.
Link Posted: 6/22/2021 11:15:26 AM EDT
Well, survived my first tropical storm.  Even got stuck working outside in it. Although this was a minor storm I was told. I  need to stash some supplies in my vehicle and at work in case they close the bridge's during next one.
Link Posted: 6/24/2021 4:18:07 PM EDT
Chain up your generator. They do steal them. Last big storm we had, S.O. arrested 2 guys with bolt cutters and a hand truck. They were stealing generators and gas cans. Parking in the woods, and using the hand truck to transport the stolen loot to the truck. They said they were taking them to South Florida to sell them.
Link Posted: 6/25/2021 7:53:33 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Lucky13Don:
Well, survived my first tropical storm.  Even got stuck working outside in it. Although this was a minor storm I was told. I  need to stash some supplies in my vehicle and at work in case they close the bridge's during next one.
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Let’s just hope mother nature takes it easy on us first timers this year.
Link Posted: 6/28/2021 11:44:24 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By denverdan:


Let's just hope mother nature takes it easy on us first timers this year.
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What he said!  
Link Posted: 6/29/2021 11:03:43 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By denverdan:


Let’s just hope mother nature takes it easy on us first timers this year.
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Im all for that..
Link Posted: 7/1/2021 10:22:47 AM EDT
Looks like we have another storm brewing.. everyone get your gas cans filled and French toast supplies.
Link Posted: 7/1/2021 11:21:04 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By denverdan:


Let's just hope mother nature takes it easy on us first timers this year.
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Trial by fire bro.....

Best away to approach it all.

Think like your camping.
If you backpack...it'll be easier....cheaper..
Than if you glamp in a 30ft RV with ac,sat tv and hit showers....

And milk....gotta have milk...
Link Posted: 7/1/2021 5:46:27 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By protus:
Trial by fire bro.....

Best away to approach it all.

Think like your camping.
If you backpack...it'll be easier....cheaper..
Than if you glamp in a 30ft RV with ac,sat tv and hit showers....

And milk....gotta have milk...
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Originally Posted By protus:
Originally Posted By denverdan:


Let's just hope mother nature takes it easy on us first timers this year.
Trial by fire bro.....

Best away to approach it all.

Think like your camping.
If you backpack...it'll be easier....cheaper..
Than if you glamp in a 30ft RV with ac,sat tv and hit showers....

And milk....gotta have milk...


Good point. My wife is still in Colorado so I suppose if it’s gonna get ugly it may as well be this year.
I live in the Keys not a whole lot of places to go haha.  
Link Posted: 7/2/2021 8:42:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/3/2021 7:57:51 PM EDT by Defcon]
Bought my 1st generator.  Dual fuel Inverter.  Champion 100574.

Next I will price a whole house generator.

Food and water, CHECK.
Firearms and ammo CHECK
Gas cans full  CHECK
Propane Full   CHECK


Link Posted: 7/3/2021 7:05:56 PM EDT
Something to think about we did an inlaw suite addition and planned it out pretty well. Got a mid side standy by Gen Set to run the addition and critical home circuits and moved to a propane on demand hot water heater then buried a thousand gallon tank.
Never ending whole house hot water and 33 % of the house with AC... well at least for 66 days or so with some load management.
Link Posted: 7/3/2021 7:58:28 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By deputygadget:
Something to think about we did an inlaw suite addition and planned it out pretty well. Got a mid side standy by Gen Set to run the addition and critical home circuits and moved to a propane on demand hot water heater then buried a thousand gallon tank.
Never ending whole house hot water and 33 % of the house with AC... well at least for 66 days or so with some load management.
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How much did the genny and the tank run you?
Link Posted: 7/4/2021 8:10:42 AM EDT
A larger dual fuel portable generator is worth considering. I bought a 11,050 (gas) / 9,000 (lpg) watt genny back in April. With some careful load management, it should power my entire house, including the A/C and well. I also bought a few 20# propane tanks for it. You can do tank exchanges just about anywhere, even CVS and Walgreens, for less than $20. Generlink makes a transfer switch that mounts between your electric meter and the panel (http://www.generlink.com/). If an outage occurs, you simply plug your genny in with the provided cable and you're gtg. They were on a 12-14 week back-order when I ordered mine.

Best of all, if I ever move again, all of this stuff moves with me.
Link Posted: 7/5/2021 10:03:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/5/2021 10:05:47 PM EDT by deputygadget]
it was a while ago $2300 for a 11kw Generac with 100 amp load center and auto transfer switch. We were wiring an addition up at the time so we used the transfer switch panel as the main load center for the addition little bit of cost saving and no rewiring to a panel since it was wired in on new construction.

I wired the gen set to the panel $120 worth of conduit and wire.

$100 permit

1000 gallon tank $2600

$300 labor buring and hooking up tank.

$300ish hose line regulators stuff

$2400 to fill the tank at the time

Pricy project but 2 months of 1/3 house power, well 1 AC unit, whole house hot water is pretty good peace of mind. Hot water is super cool done plenty of days showering outside with pots and rain barrels. The on demand propane hot water heater seems to have cut electric  bill by about 30%.  

My job may keep me away from the house for extended periods during natural disasters or severe  weather events so I may not be able to be home dragging generators and gas cans around. Although we have 2 of those and plenty of full cans of no E if things get super sideways.

Gen Set is on a 2.5 foot platform of crossed timbers filled with gravel, buried tank has a 2.5 foot snorkel on the regulator. The tech said it will work if flooded but I asked they put a snorkel on the regulator anyway. Puts it about a foot or so above the slab height so I can make a call if I want to fight a flood with sandbags and pumps.

Propane is the way to go natural gas can be shut down during local flooding events or extended weather events.
Link Posted: 7/6/2021 7:29:47 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By wmagrush:
I’m not a fan of backfeeding the house thru a dryer plug. First, it doesn’t isolate your house from the grid if linemen are restoring power. They could get hurt. Get a proper switch on your breaker panel for generator back feed. And if there is any damage to your house, a back feed could lead to house fires, as happened after hurricane Andrew.

MREs are OK, but better to get non-refrigerated type items that you would eat anyway from your preferred supermarket.

Two generators. One for daylight use, usually higher wattage output and louder. A second for nighttime use (like Honda or equivalent) for quieter night use on fans or window A/C units. And extension cords. Practice load sharing: plug in the freezer for a few hours, then fridge. Then the well to fill tanks or drums. Then hot water heater

A propane burner or Coleman stove for cooking with at least two standard 20 lb or so bottles of propane. Outside use.

If you have a well to supply water, then a electrical pigtail that can be wired into the pressure switch to run the well off the generator. A supply of spare parts for the generators like oil, spark plugs, fuel lines.

For aftermath cleanup, chainsaw and items to support cleanup. High top rubber boots if you may have to work in flood conditions.

If you have young kids, battery powered devices to keep them entertained and videos for them to watch. Old school for my kids was a 12volt TV with DVD player that would operate from a car battery. More energy efficient devices today.

A few gallons of bleach and a pressurized sprayer. Have been flooded before, and tearing out the wet drywall with the ability to treat the studs with bleach will help with mold mitigation. The bleach is also good for water purification if needed.
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"If you have a well to supply water, then a electrical pigtail that can be wired into the pressure switch to run the well off the generator"

I did this for my 1.5HP 120V well and single element 120V water heater. Make sure you open the breakers for these circuits as well as the main so you don't backfeed into the remainder of the houses circuit or back to the pole.
Link Posted: 7/6/2021 3:53:35 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By nowgrn4:




"If you have a well to supply water, then a electrical pigtail that can be wired into the pressure switch to run the well off the generator"

I did this for my 1.5HP 120V well and single element 120V water heater. Make sure you open the breakers for these circuits as well as the main so you don't backfeed into the remainder of the houses circuit or back to the pole.
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I added a manual hand pump and spigot below it. Since it holds pressure year round..
But im.old school....
Link Posted: 7/7/2021 7:36:22 AM EDT
lets grab a beer Protus.  Been way too long
Link Posted: 7/7/2021 5:59:38 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Mannlicher:
lets grab a beer Protus.  Been way too long
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It'd be nice.
I just broke 3 weeks  out from covid zombie death..was in the hospital from may17 thru June 11
By months end all my docs should have me cleared for normal life..
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