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Thread: 5 Days No Power

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    5 Days No Power

    We are going on our 5th day without power. No power means no water since we are on a well. No power means no heat because we have a pellet stove and it is the only source of heat for us. I am cooking on my 3 burner camp stove and boiling clean snow to wash dishes. Thank goodness the dogs have a big stock tank to swim in and it is full. I am hauling water in from the doggy swimming pool to flush the toilets. For an unknown reason everyone around us has power but the power company can give me no idea as to when they can come out and troubleshoot the problem.

    My husband's son brought us a BIG generator last night that is big enough to power the necessary items like the pellet stove, fridge, lamps, TV (for DH) and the computer and sewing machine (for me). There are big extension cords running all over the place but things are working well enough to make me an almost happy camper. And I absolutely HATE camping.

    Early on I brought out my old but still functional oil lamps for lighting. They work so so, but not like the oil lamps that light up whole rooms in the movies! Sure hope this ends soon.
    Sweet Caroline

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    We were without power for many days last summer due to Hurricane Irene. Luckily we got a generator from my brother and were able to power the refrigerator and freezer and a couple of fans. Also tv when the cable was restored. I hope you get your power back soon.

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    Ugh! I hate being without power! We were without for a week or so the summer of ... (95?) when the midwest was hit with incredible heat wave. I had puppies on the ground at the time and as fellow breeders can attest we usually work hard to keep puppies warm - in my case I had ice packs in the whelping box!!

    I hope you get your power back soon. You guys had an awful storm!
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    I'm very experienced with this. In 04 we lost power for seven days in the summer. In 08 we lost power for eight days because of Hurricane Ike, and we live in Kentucky, go figure. That was September. In January 09 we lost power for eight days in January!!! That was horrible! We did have water, and have a gas stove so could cook some. We ate out every night just so we could get warm because there were places with power. We bought a standby generator after that. Now we'll never be without power because it's connected to the gas line. We've had to use it once. The power went out and within 10 seconds the generator came on.

    Good luck, and this will pass soon.

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    When we first moved into our Double wide on our new acreage we had a winter storm that put us out for 10 days! Since we are ALL electric we had no heat, water, and couldn't cook etc. Since we had a parrot and a fish tank leaving to stay with someone else wasn't an option. Having a small fireplace we shut all the doors and moved the sofa closer to the fireplace with a cot in front of that. Whoever woke up during the night had to stoke the fireplace. I have always had an oil lamp at the ready cause even in the old row house we did have outages with no light. For water we went to relatives to fill big barrels for the animals and flushing the toilets. Hot meals were eaten out and a radio was used for music, news, or just plain sounds of any kind. We survived it all and I could do it again but hope it isn't in God's plans! LOL

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    Please be careful with the extension cords!! they have been known to cause fires.

    I feel for you, when we lose power we are without water as well. We do have a wood cookstove so heat and hot food are still available. If we know a storm is coming we fill up buckets with water and store them.

    And yes, I have quilted by candle-light, and I'm glad I don't have to do it regularly!!

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    We got ours back (in Auburn) last night after 56 hours. The people up on the next road just got theirs a few minutes ago and they went out a day before us. We have a 10,000 KW generator so we had everything we needed but I don't like camping either! Hope you get yours soon. (My name is also Caroline but have always gone by Carreen).

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    My son and his family live in Puyallup and were without power for about 36 hours. A small amount of time compared to you, but, they were cold! They do have a gas stove for cooking. We lost power several times here for long periods because of hurricanes. At least it was warm. Would hate it worse in the cold.

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    I will be praying that your power is restored very soon!
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    We are all electric here also, no gas is available. We lost a lot of trees but after the big silver freeze 16 years ago we had all of the big fir trees around the house removed. We kept a green belt between the road and our house but it has been too dangerous to do an inspection due to the wind we had. My stepson came out today and cut trees that had fallen across the fences so the dogs would stay in the yard but we have not walked all of the fence lines for damage. I don't have horses anymore so it is not a urgent issue. I have two freezers in the garage that I have hooked a small generator up to so I don't lose the contents in them. All of my extension cords are heavy duty and fairly new.

    Some years ago I purchased a wind up radio with a light. It is one of the best investments I ever made. Without it we would not have known what was going on weatherwise. I do have another radio that will switch to battery power when it looses electricity but I had not changed the batteries recently and that one did not work.

    I am making a list of the things I will need in the future if another weather emergency happens. This whole event was a BIG reminder that we have to be prepared always. And I was not totally prepared.
    Last edited by Caroline S; 01-22-2012 at 06:47 PM.
    Sweet Caroline

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    This is just terrible. I am so sorry for all of you. blessings and prayers to you and your family.
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    Oh, this brings back memories of 2 bad ice storms we have had. We now own a generator and anytime bad weather is a possibility, we make sure and have gas for it. Hope your power is restored soon. I know things seem bad now but in the future you will look back on this and laugh about how you had to rough it.
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    Sounds terrible to me...I am not one for camping either and it is COLD!!! Wishing you power right away!
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    Feel for you in your situation and that in a world full of technoligy and all kind of stupid gadgets which when it comes down to it don't do us any good and leave us in the cold

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    After several long bouts without power here, during an ice storm years ago we went 8 days in January with the same problems, no water, no heat, phone knocked out by a truck which caught the group of downed lines and a car who's transmission was fractured while trying to get the car out of the ice, we decided this year to go with a whole house generator that comes on automatically when power goes out. Of course now that we invested so much in this unit, we'll never have another power outage.

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    This would be a good time to drag out the Treadle or a handcrank, I bought a Treadle just for this reason. I hope you get power restored soon. Stay safe.
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    Thank goodness for fishponds and wading pools for toilet purposes! We used to hook up a car battery to the pellet stove for backup and used it more than once.
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    We have a generator too, it came with big heavy duty cords, no chance of them casuing a fire. Needed it once, was well worth the money to get it. Figured if we bought it we wouldn't need it. Just good insurance. At night I burn about every light in the house. I hate to go into a dark room.
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    We were without power a few years ago during the ice storm for about 10 days. I have a wood stove in the basement that heated the house and I cooked what little I could on it. The generator came in handy for frig and freezer, one lamp and tv, but heating water on wood stove and hauling it from the basement to the bathtub to bath in sucked out loud and of course like you I had extension cords running all over. Some people around us were without power for weeks! I HATE camping also. Hope you get your power on soon.
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    It sounded like you had a bad storm and to not have power for days is just so stressful and tiresome and when they can't tell you what the problem is or when to expect the power to come back on. I hope you get it back on soon. Sue

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    oh i can sympthize with you we lost our power several years ago to ice storms, remember only use heavy duty extention cords!!! and your safety comes first.
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    I remember those days, last time was Hurricane Katrina and we had a portable generator with extension cords all over the house. I had a small lamp plugged into the extension cord and I made
    yo-yos to keep my mind off of the storm.

    My brother spent big bucks and had a Generac (whole house) generator that runs on natural gas installed. Ten seconds after the power goes out the Generac turns on and we can power up everything. Plus, no tripping on those heavy duty extension cords.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberta View Post
    After several long bouts without power here, during an ice storm years ago we went 8 days in January with the same problems, no water, no heat, phone knocked out by a truck which caught the group of downed lines and a car who's transmission was fractured while trying to get the car out of the ice, we decided this year to go with a whole house generator that comes on automatically when power goes out. Of course now that we invested so much in this unit, we'll never have another power outage.
    Yes, Roberta. I am going shopping this week for a whole house generator. Now I am going out to get heating elements for the hot water heater. Apparently the water drained out after because there was no pressure from the well pressure tank to keep the water up to level. I know that once we have a generator back up system we will never have another weather situation such as this one. Sort of like insurance, you got to have it even if you never use it.

    By the way, I have ancestors from China, Maine, family names of Gray and Heerman, Herrman (seen it spelled many ways).
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by arbed31 View Post
    I remember those days, last time was Hurricane Katrina and we had a portable generator with extension cords all over the house. I had a small lamp plugged into the extension cord and I made
    yo-yos to keep my mind off of the storm.

    My brother spent big bucks and had a Generac (whole house) generator that runs on natural gas installed. Ten seconds after the power goes out the Generac turns on and we can power up everything. Plus, no tripping on those heavy duty extension cords.
    Yes, still have the extension cords festooned throughout the house. Not taking them down for awhile.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by aronel View Post
    This would be a good time to drag out the Treadle or a handcrank, I bought a Treadle just for this reason. I hope you get power restored soon. Stay safe.
    I have three treadles, and one hand crank. All in various stages of being restored. I definitely will hurry up the fixing process. I NEVER want to go through sewing/quilting withdrawel again. It's just tooo painful.
    Sweet Caroline

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