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JayhawkerJayhawker ModeratorManistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,280 Senior Member
Big storm blew through last night, high winds, torrential rain....wind took down a big limb in our side yard and yanked our power line right out of the meter...power to our neighbors came back on and now I have a hot wire laying in the yard.

Anyway...the generator is performing admirably...keeping the fridge and freezer running, what lights we need and the TV...
Well pump is down so we're flushing the toilet with rain water we collected. Have plenty of drinking water on hand so life is good.

I did take advantage of the rain storm to grab a bar of soap, strip down and duck out the back door for a shower...

Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Central MNPosts: 14,659 Senior Member
    It was here yesterday, first severe thunderstorm we have had this summer, knock on wood, I was thinking after it I needed to run my generator for a few minutes, probably the snowblower too:) 
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,774 Senior Member
    Northern L.P.?
  • NNNN Senior Member NCPosts: 25,221 Senior Member
    Glad your otherwise OK
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,280 Senior Member
    edited August 2018 #5
    mitdr774 said:
    Northern L.P.?


    Yep...between White Cloud and Baldwin....Baldwin got hammered....
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    My son and a couple of his friends are up at our camp in Wellston. A big branch broke off a tree last night and barely missed the truck.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Panama City, Fl.Posts: 8,687 Senior Member
    Hit here about 2PM (central Wisconsin). Rained until 10PM. East of us got hammered, high winds and flooding!
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    Hope the worst is past.
  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,774 Senior Member
    I will be up in Grayling for just about all of September for work at some new plywood or particle board plant.  I hear they got hammered through that area as well.  
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,772 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    ...

    Anyway...the generator is performing admirably...keeping the fridge and freezer running, what lights we need and the TV...
    Well pump is down so we're flushing the toilet with rain water we collected. Have plenty of drinking water on hand so life is good.
    ...
    Are you using you own well pump?
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,280 Senior Member
    Yeah, it's wired into the breaker panel in the house...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member North DakotaPosts: 2,985 Senior Member
    We finally got some rain, rained Monday and Tuesday 2" total. Some areas got a bit of wind but not much at our place.
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Somewhere north of MozambiquePosts: 6,637 Senior Member
    Been pretty tame for us personally, but - as Big Al can attest - parts of Wisconsin have had more rain these past few weeks than they normally get in a quarter.  Lots of washouts, flooding etc.
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,280 Senior Member
    Power is still out....warming up wash water on the stove....I am sure glad we bought that generator...
    I really need to have a transfer switch installed in the house so I can just plug the thing into the house instead of running extension cords all over the place...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,774 Senior Member
    Depending on the panel and if you can move breakers around, some panels can be fitted with an interlock that prevents the main from being on when the breaker for the generator back feed is on.
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    Zee was asking about mine. This is a similar unit but mine is branded as a GE. All my appliances, hot water, and furnace is gas so the biggest thing that it needs to run is a 3 ton central air. It handles it no problem.


    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    edited August 2018 #17
    My Dad's in Pentwater. Just texted me. His brother and him share the same driveway into their land. His power pole is down. His brothers is cracked. No power for 4 days now.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,280 Senior Member
    Yeah...no joy here either....
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • bisleybisley Senior Member East TexasPosts: 10,815 Senior Member
    edited September 2018 #19
    We had a very unusual blast, a couple of days ago - torrential downpour with high winds...while the sun was shining. It lasted about 5 minutes, and ended with a little, bitty rainbow that started and ended in my front yard. Never seen anything like it. Oh yeah, and the power went off for 5 hours. Mrs. Bisley and I just parked ourselves on the front porch and binge-watched NYPD Blue on her new IPAD with Amazon Prime video, for the whole time, till it came back on.
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Somewhere north of MozambiquePosts: 6,637 Senior Member
    We've had a couple of downpours, but nothing like the parts of Wisconsin have had.  I did have to send out generator trailer to our Janesville store. They had an outage Wednesday @1:30 am, and weren't back on city power until almost 7:00pm.  Not much wastage, but no business either.
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,280 Senior Member
    Still out up here....I guess we're not real high up on the priority list...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    Still out up here....I guess we're not real high up on the priority list...
    Dang, taking them too long to restore power your way. Not like you had a hurricane like we did last year. Heck, I think my power was on after 3 or 4 days and and there was a massive power outage across the area. 
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,280 Senior Member
    The Baldwin area about 10 miles up the road got pounded hard....lots of trees and lines down and structure damage. We have gone through about 25 gallons of gas for the generator so far.....shutting it down at midnight and starting up again when we get up....
    What really cranks me off is the fleet of Great Lakes Energy trucks that drives past the house every morning on their way North....when it would take them all of 30 minutes to get our line back up...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • NNNN Senior Member NCPosts: 25,221 Senior Member
    So; if the wires were pulled out of the meter box, will the power company put them Back.

    Here the home owner via a electrician is responsible for the part of the circuit from the mast or other
    attachment system-----all the power company can do is attach the power drop to those wires
    and replace the meter if necessary.


    Neighbor had that happen and the power Co would not come by until they were notified it
    was done and ready.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,280 Senior Member
    As I understand it, here, I am responsible for everything on the house side of the meter....they are responsible for everything from the pole to the house...I would go out and buck up the limb but that hot wire has been laying in my yard since last Tuesday...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    I bet if you touch anything, they can bill you some how for it.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Call and complain and to the local radio talk station. It may be though unless they get the big trunks fixed it will do no good to fix yours next or they are just pandering to the populated/more customer regions first.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,280 Senior Member
    Nope...we are the only house in the area without power....and that is only because my line is down....all my neighbors had power back on in a couple of hours....I'm about to drive down to their main office and have words with someone in person....on Tuesday...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Central FLPosts: 2,122 Senior Member
    Let them know that you have a live wire down in your yard and that they are liable if anyone is injured or killed as a result.  I bet you will see someone out there pronto.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,280 Senior Member
    We did that a couple of times... here's what they said..."stay away from it...if it's arcing and sparking, call the fire department"
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Central MNPosts: 14,659 Senior Member
    Drop the pole across the road..
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
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