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Power outage

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Oregonhunter5, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Well.... I'm a little worried and a little concerned about the ability of EPUD in Eugene getting the power back on in the valley.
    I'm out of state, and the family 4 kids, has been out for 5 days.
    I know, I need a generator. We have one. They are using it, but it doesn't help much, or usable for the well.
    They moved out to the shop(wood stove), during the day. House is 50 degrees.
    Anyone else getting a little concerned?
     
  2. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    You need a bigger genset.
     
  3. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    No sheet?
    We are in the middle of loving out of state.
    I found a 45kw I'm looking at now.
    Bad timing I guess.
     
  4. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    That explains the travel! :rofl1:

    We're lucky over on the coast, warmer than the valley in the winter!! Got any friends to look after family while you're gone?
     
  5. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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  6. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Lol!!,!,!
    Many church friends. But they are mostly lazy and they think my wife is super woman who never needs help.
    She is a pioneer woman. But, when there living in the shop cause there's a wood stove in there, that gets old.
    I'm obviously a little fired up. Kinda wish they would control the trees better in the off season.
    I'm ready to drop $12,000 on a mans generator and to hell with the power company.
     
  7. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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  8. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    I built a setup that would power a scavenged 30kw off the pto of a tractor.
     
  9. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    They make a panel switch cover that allows power from the generator only if the incoming main is
    shut off to prevent a back feed to the utility. This is a legal way to easily connect to gen power.
    I am an electrician I do know what I am talking about. Available from most manufactures
    Generator InterLock Kit Manual Transfer Switch
     
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  10. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Also, look into installing a power transfer switch panel on your main load center.
    It really makes running a generator easy and safer overall.
     
  11. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    I found a generator with a John deer deisel motor, and the 45kw of course. It's on a tandem axle trailer. I'm hoping to find a electrical guy he in Boise that knows how to setup my system so it's slick and done right.but be able to pull the plug and move it to the next house if we move.
     
  12. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Did they call in and report their outage?
    I remember in MT the power went out.. I asked uncle Bob, "did you call it in?".. "no, someone else will". I was just a punk kid. Well, five days later I look up and see the wires going to the house from the pole aren't really connected for some reason. We were the only ones without power.. for five days.
     
  13. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Yep they did. So did I. Now my dads about to drop a ear full on them. They seem under staffed.
     
  14. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    I hope you're out of the City Limits. Check with whether you can run a gen set that big before dropping the coin!! 45KW is a big noisy machine!
     
  15. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Sorry about your family's situation.

    I know that being away makes the worry magnify.


    This situation is pointing out other ways you can prep for future situations.

    Solar?
    Water? If you can't run a well do you have enough?
    Have a "Rocket Stove" ? Lots of plans on line
    Wood stove in the house?
    Any chance you have a stream on your property? Then maybe a micro-hydro generator is in your future


    Not to be too callous, but if your church family isn't helping, then they are not much of a family. They are acting more like a biological, dysfunctional family.
     
  16. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Your a wise man. On all fronts. Btw. Family support does blow! Not all, but enough.
    I've been working towards all these answers. I do believe we will see interruptions in power more and more. Leaving Oregon helps though. To many trees.
    I'd love to be able to find a place here to buy that has a wind mill on it. But those are a needle in a haystack.