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I'm just watching the morning news and seeing reports of the tornadoes and flooding hitting our southern states. I hope and pray all of our members in those areas are safe.
 

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Thanks, Chuck. Seems to be typical spring. We've lucked out so far. This kind of weather is why I built a storm/gun room in the basement.
 

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I was a little concerned when I didn't see you on the forum this morning. I guess there are probably a lot of people in the south without power this morning.
 

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Been up since 0500, but puttering about doing other things. Between fiber-optic broadband ISP, UPS for modem/router, battery operated laptop and cellphone, it's kinda hard to keep me off the internet if I really want to be on. :D
 

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Been up since 0500, but puttering about doing other things. Between fiber-optic broadband ISP, UPS for modem/router, battery operated laptop and cellphone, it's kinda hard to keep me off the internet if I really want to be on. :D
No back up generator?
 

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No back up generator?
Thought about one. Buddy down the street had his breaker panel wired for his genset. He flips a few switches and the essential circuits are switched over to the generator (assuming it is running.) He's lived there 8 years and never had to use it. I guess we're lucky. Mostly underground utilities around here, so that helps protect against ice and falling trees causing an outage.
 

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We don't lose power very often but when we do it's usually in mid winter so I keep a 7000 watt portable generator ready to go. I have the essential circuits wired from my breaker box to a panel with a plug on the outside of the house. When power goes out I kill the main breaker box, plug the generator into the box on the back of the house and I have lights and heat.
 

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We don't lose power very often but when we do it's usually in mid winter so I keep a 7000 watt portable generator ready to go. I have the essential circuits wired from my breaker box to a panel with a plug on the outside of the house. When power goes out I kill the main breaker box, plug the generator into the box on the back of the house and I have lights and heat.
Y'all's winters tend to be much worse than ours, so if we'd lost power I would fire up the fireplace and we have two weeks of MREs and water, just in case.
 

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My biggest fear in the winter is losing power (heat) and having the water lines freeze up and burst. I try to anticipate problems like that and do what I can to prepare for them.
 

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Just looking at the members logged into the forum, none of them are from the south other then Insta-Gator.
 

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Someone has to go to work.

Wasn't Chuck66 on earlier? He's here in Atlanta (sort of)
 

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Someone has to go to work.

Wasn't Chuck66 on earlier? He's here in Atlanta (sort of)
He hasn't been on this morning he was last on at 12:10 AM.
 

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My biggest fear in the winter is losing power (heat) and having the water lines freeze up and burst. I try to anticipate problems like that and do what I can to prepare for them.
Do you have a secondary heat source? Water lines insulated?
Since we bounce between homes I have temperature alert sensors programed to go off at 45 degrees. I can set it higher or lower but figure if it gets that low something's up.
 

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Do you have a secondary heat source? Water lines insulated?
Since we bounce between homes I have temperature alert sensors programed to go off at 45 degrees. I can set it higher or lower but figure if it gets that low something's up.
This is my primary home and I don't have a secondary heat source but I did insulate the water lines in the basement. As long as I can run my generator during a power outage I can run the furnace and heat the house. During the winter I keep 10 gallons of gas in 2-5 gallon cans for the snowblower and I a 26 gallon tank in my 75 Chevelle and 16 gallons in my 23 T Bucket so fuel for the generator isn't a problem.
 
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Had some rain, which they say we need but no major damage.
 

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All good here. Did some things with the kids today since they are on spring break.
Good to hear that you and your family are OK.
 
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