Sun. Sept. 13, 2020 – not even close to a Friday

Hot and humid, but perhaps less so.  I think Fall may have arrived, although my wife doesn’t think so.  I don’t even think it got over 100F in my driveway yesterday…

It was still hot out.

After spending the morning watching an auction close out (got a couple good things), I finally got out and did some stuff around the house.

I cleaned the pool, and then got right to work on my Honda eu3000.  The new  battery, fuel petcock and filter, were installed.  The fuel gauge turned out to be fine, the part I thought needed to be replaced was a separate part and just needed cleaning.  It started right up and ran smooth for a short while.  Then the roughness started.  Looking at the carb, fuel was spitting out into the venturi part, and that would bog the engine.  I decided to tear the carb down again and be certain it was clean.  That took up the rest of the daylight so I’ll be finishing that reassembly today.  I didn’t find anything obviously wrong though.  Next step is a little more trouble shooting, then a replacement carb.  There is progress as it now runs, just not as well as I’d like.  And it is worth spending some money on it, as it is a nice gennie.

Also on the list for today is planting something… I’ve got a bunch of fall stuff I can plant,  and want to get it in the ground.  I’m going heavy on the seed, assuming I’ll have low yields like last time.  I’ve also got a couple more “window boxes” to build and hang on the fence.  I’ve had the material for months.  Except the dirt.  I’ll need to order some more dirt.  Or use the dirt from the failed potato towers.  Actually, that’s a good idea.  I can order more dirt later.

Like all my plans, we’ll see what survives contact with the day.

What, if anything, have you guys and gals been doing to improve your position?  I’d especially like to hear from anyone who Bob talked to about prepping directly, now that it’s a couple of years later…

You know me, I’m going to keep stacking.  And I think you should too.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

50 thoughts on “Sun. Sept. 13, 2020 – not even close to a Friday”

  1. My wife is off teaching a man-trailing course the whole weekend, and she took the crazy puppy with her. He’s going to be an amazing trail dog: he trails instinctively, going after deer trails or whatever, and my wife has caught that early and already started him trailing people. It’s amazing to watch. Of course he has a lot to learn to deal with roads and cars and buildings and traffic, etc, etc

    Meanwhile, we (the ancient dog, two cats and myself) are enjoying a peaceful weekend. I’ve gotten lots of random little things done, that I never seem to get to when my wife and the crazy puppy are here. Chopped a birch tree that was in the wrong place, swept the stairs, removed a rust stain from a tile – really just random stuff that needed to happen. Also got a lot of work done – recording lectures – so that I can take a day off in the middle of next week. Aside from putting away a load of laundry, I have nothing, glorious nothing planned for this sunny Sunday afternoon 🙂

    Our semester starts next week, which promises to be chaotic. We have a whole mix of courses, from ones being carried out normally in the classroom, to lecturers giving live lectures via video-conference, to flipped classroom lectures, to (what I mostly do) pre-recorded lectures that students can listen to whenever, to – who knows what else.

    It will actually be really good in the long run, seeing which of these various forms of teaching work out for which kinds of courses and which kinds of students. Even if Corona were to disappear tomorrow, things have changed permanently. After shaking out a bit, education at our school will have changed for the better.

    Of course, I say this as someone who is really enjoying the online teaching. Some of the old fuddy-duddy teachers (can I say that, when I’m 60?) aren’t adapting so well. Recording videos of them giving their normal lecture to an empty room – um, no, that’s not going to work.

  2. I recently tested my Champion 7.5 KW generator again. I run it every few months to be sure it starts. I only run it on Propane to keep the oil clean. It saved us a few years ago when summer storms took out power to the neighborhood for almost a week. At 6 years old I’m thinking of investing in a new battery before the original dies.
    I recently asked an electrician to quote me a generator transfer switch to save me running extension cords all over the house. He said because I had a 200 amp feed line I needed a 200 amp transfer switch for about $1200 including labor. As that was twice what I paid for the generator I’m not anxious to invest that much. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
    Humid and foggy this morning with a strong smell of wood smoke in the air. They tell us we will have a week of fine weather ahead so maybe, fingers crossed, I will get the new entry concrete poured.

  3. The solution I’ve implemented several times with success: a judicious selection
    of the vital plug / light circuits on the main db are broken out to a sub-db.
    This sub-db is then fed from the transfer switch assembly, which is itself fed from
    the main db.
    This approach sizes the transfer switch to gen capacity, which is normally small
    and thus cheap!
    The transfer switch can also be as simple as two mechanically (or not, depending on
    one’s taste for danger and damage!) interlocked breakers.
    The work required to do this is journeyman stuff (open to negotiation 🙂

  4. @harold, I agree. for most people with small portable generators, one of the 6 circuit transfer switches is the way to go. (although, $1200 for the switch and the work doesn’t sound unreasonable)

    Although I’ve got a 200 amp transfer switch, I got it new in box on ebay for less than the 60amp switches you commonly see with smaller systems.

    I decided to go ‘whole house’ because I could (big gennie) and because I didn’t want to do ‘just’ six circuits. Also my wife’s experience home alone during Ike had her buying a window A/C unit to deal with the heat, that was small enough to run on our little gennie. I wanted to be able to run the house A/C and not make choices. Lazy + available = not particularly well thought out or cheap.

  5. The media volunteers at my church need a serious lesson in quality. Every time I am not at the church they fall off the wagon. Incompetence. I have trained them, know they know how to do the job, but when I am gone they just don’t care. Or it is fear of making mistakes which causes them to make mistakes.

    They are volunteers (I get paid) so it is tough to yell at them or threaten them with dismissal. A rational person would just say “up yours, I’m gone” as that is exactly what I would say in their position.

    The media is complicated, involving three people doing their jobs properly. The director has four cameras available but when I am gone apparently forgets about the other three. No lower thirds graphics, scripture references incorrect, things flashed on the broadcast and screen out of place and out of order. Annoying as all get out to my “Sheldon side”.

    I will hear about it when I get back. Whether I drive the train or not, when it derails I get blamed even when I am nowhere near the train.

  6. No idea what the physical output on your gen is, sockets of some sort I would guess. Choose the circuits you need for emergency use and have them moved to a sub-panel. wire the sub with a cord and plug that match your gen. Have a new breaker in the main panel wired to another matching socket and when you need the gen move the plug from the main panel socket to the gen. Safe and reliable.

  7. @ray, the difference is you CARE.

    When I was doing production work I was very fortunate to work mostly with A team guys (and gals) because paid production weeds out anything but competent once you get past a certain level… but there were also plenty of B or C list guys who would only get hired to fill out a call sheet when everyone else was busy. And D list guys who only worked when there was no other choice.

    Some were well trained but had personality issues. Some were just warm bodies but would take direction. And some just didn’t care about anything.

    The difference between untrained and uncaring is huge. You can solve the untrained part. It’s very hard to solve the uncaring part without some sort of ‘come to Jesus’ moment.

    And there are people who are trained, care, but literally just can’t see the difference. That’s partly down to training, and partly down to personality. Whatever makes them come in every week isn’t the thing that they need to do good work. Those people end up unionized and brag that ‘I’ve been working on Broadway all my life and I’ve never seen a show.’

    It sounds like you need to do some recruiting. Find that young kid who’s always there pestering people, or sometimes is always hanging around the fringes but shy, and put him/her to work. Of course wuflu puts a damper on that….

    n

  8. ” Safe and reliable. ”

    –but not ‘automatic’. A good ATS will exercise the gennie on a schedule and switchover automatically.

    n

  9. Got my van done. Almost done, as I need to get one more part, but that’s trivial and doesn’t matter much. The curved pipes that go on a “bare” muffler weren’t available anywhere. I ended up having to buy a bigger floor jack with a greater lift in order to get enough space between body and axle to get the pipe+muffler in. I need to exchange a 2-1/4″ u-clamp for a 2-1/2″ and then put that on but that’s no big deal. The shock absorbers were also a complete PITA but that came as no surprise and was no real difficulty.

    And now I need to deal with the miserable PITA teenager. My wife let her have the iPad last night so the idiot — the younger idiot — was up most of the night and has been napping all day when I don’t yell at her to wake her up. I doubt she’ll get to sleep at a reasonable time tonight. All I can think of is to tell my wife it’s her job to get the kid awake and to school tomorrow and totally wash my hands of it. I’ve been doing almost all of the parenting — the useful parenting; screaming because the kid wasn’t “respectful” enough doesn’t count — since I got back from North Carolina, so I think the other alleged parent can do something, even if it’s basically only cleaning up her own mess.

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  10. Ray, an alternative to Nick’s suggestion of finding people who care is to make use of someone who already cares. There’s got to be a Karen at your church who can nag and bully and shame the volunteers into doing a better job. Give her a checklist of what’s supposed to be in each production — subtitles, whatever — and turn her loose.

  11. The media is complicated, involving three people doing their jobs properly. The director has four cameras available but when I am gone apparently forgets about the other three. No lower thirds graphics, scripture references incorrect, things flashed on the broadcast and screen out of place and out of order. Annoying as all get out to my “Sheldon side”.

    Tough job to fill adequately.

    I’ve always believed that David Letterman’s CBS show started its long downhill slide when his longtime director Hal Gurnee retired in 1995. The show lingered for 20 more years, but it was never the same.

  12. Compton. Still a sh!thole.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/la-deputies-shot-compton-ambush-suspect-large

    As noted last night, a group of protesters blocked the entrance to the ER at the St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California, shouting “we hope they die” and other slurs, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department

    –coming soon to YOUR city. The goal of a violent terroristic insurgency is to make life so unlivable that the population welcomes the insurgency to provide stability. We’ve got that to look forward to.

    ammo, guns, armor, and friends. Stock up.

    n

  13. I had to risk EBay’s wrath again this weekend because another seller put thrift store junk into a box and shipped it to me having listed the condition as “New”.

    The seller didn’t even require me to return the item. Disposal is now my problem, of course.


  14. ” Safe and reliable. ”

    –but not ‘automatic’. A good ATS will exercise the gennie on a schedule and switchover automatically.

    No but not needed in many cases. Remember when computers had ‘sneaker net’. Copy to a floppy disk and walk it over to the other computer. God I’m old.

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  15. –coming soon to YOUR city. The goal of a violent terroristic insurgency is to make life so unlivable that the population welcomes the insurgency to provide stability. We’ve got that to look forward to.

    Ever since the county opened up the back entrance to our subdivision from the H1B neighborhood next door, I’ve noticed a lot more CHUDs wandering down the road into our development, obviously originating from the bus/light rail terminal which is now within walking distance. It is a long walk, but still manageable, not much different than the trek from the capitol to APD HQ the insurgents seem to make almost nightly.

    That light rail is questionably useful to anyone with a real job. Sure, it goes downtown, but on a really limited schedule if you have to keep business hours.

  16. As an employer, cost is balanced against work ethic for layoffs. And how long it has been since that person pissed me off goes into the equation too. For me, it is an agonizing decision.

    I’ve never been laid off. I was fired from my first professional job, but that was because the girl who recommended me for the gig stopped sleeping with the boss. I was gone in a week.

    My current management has been pissed at me since the first phone screen. This seems to be a running thread with every job I’ve held since leaving the Death Star — they need the high level skills but with the pliancy of someone younger and less experienced so they can get extraordinary amounts of work done from one person through bullying rather than adequate compensation.

    I am sorry but I have no advice for you. It is difficult get the good compensation today. When the people in charge figured out that they could offshore IT jobs and do the work remotely, that raised a competition for IT jobs that dropped compensation significantly. But, programmer jobs are not performed well remotely unless your programmer has an intimate knowledge of the task at hand. And that rarely happens so the offshore junior programmer just writes code to the design document. Which, is rarely written well, usually just general items such as “fill in details here” all over the place.

    I guess that I do have some advice, I would not leave my job without having another job in hand. 2021 is going to be worse than 2020 IMHO. And if your job is in any way connected to the oil and gas natural industry, oh my, my heart goes out to you because we are headed to a 50% layoff of the 15+ million jobs in the industry in the USA. We are somewhere around a 20% layoff now. Those numbers are pure SWAG (scientific wild assed guess).

  17. @SteveF: I know you’ve said, but: how old is your teen? Any chance a serious talk about how life really works might sink in? That kind of thing sometimes worked with one of ours, but not with the other – depends on the kid and their level of maturity. Of course, it doesn’t help when your other parental unit isn’t pulling their weight…

    – – – – –

    I think we’re approaching the end-game with our crazy neighbors. They apparently fired their lawyer, probably because he tried to reason with them. Perhaps as a result, they have now missed a critical legal deadline, basically ending their case. We should be able finish building the street without further interference. I’m sure they will try something else, though – the woman is not the type to ever admit that she was in the wrong.

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  18. “Tropical Storm Sally sets sights on southeast Louisiana”
    https://spacecityweather.com/tropical-storm-sally-sets-sights-on-southeast-louisiana/

    “Good morning. Tropical Depression 19 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Sally yesterday, and this morning it has 60 mph maximum sustained winds off the west coast of Florida. While we continue to expect no real impacts here in Texas, this will be a problem for the central Gulf Coast.”

    NOLA is gonna get it again. Not much wind but maybe a LOT of rain.

  19. And now I need to deal with the miserable PITA teenager. My wife let her have the iPad last night so the idiot — the younger idiot — was up most of the night and has been napping all day when I don’t yell at her to wake her up. I doubt she’ll get to sleep at a reasonable time tonight. All I can think of is to tell my wife it’s her job to get the kid awake and to school tomorrow and totally wash my hands of it. I’ve been doing almost all of the parenting — the useful parenting; screaming because the kid wasn’t “respectful” enough doesn’t count — since I got back from North Carolina, so I think the other alleged parent can do something, even if it’s basically only cleaning up her own mess.

    You daughter sounds like me. Good luck, you are going to need it. And she is smart which will make it doubly worse.

    Parenting has always been an incredibly difficult job. Close supervision of people who do not care about your goals for them is full of conflict. As Bill Cosby said, let the beatings commence !

  20. I think we’re approaching the end-game with our crazy neighbors. They apparently fired their lawyer, probably because he tried to reason with them. Perhaps as a result, they have now missed a critical legal deadline, basically ending their case. We should be able finish building the street without further interference. I’m sure they will try something else, though – the woman is not the type to ever admit that she was in the wrong.

    Are you driving through their property to your property on dirt ? That would suck, especially as the rainy season starts.

    Your neighbors may be getting ready to move on the next phase, protesting. And then the phase after that, insurgence (see Portland).

  21. ” Safe and reliable. ”

    –but not ‘automatic’. A good ATS will exercise the gennie on a schedule and switchover automatically.

    No but not needed in many cases. Remember when computers had ‘sneaker net’. Copy to a floppy disk and walk it over to the other computer. God I’m old.

    When I was with TXU back in the 1980s, we ran all of our black start equipment manually. And logged it. That way we knew that our equipment was running at least once every week.

    I was hanging around the diesels one day when the guys were testing them. I noted that we had enough compressed air to start one and the second one required the compressor running to get enough compressed air. I asked the old operator what we did when we were under a complete blackout and needed compressed air. He pointed over to a compressor in the corner with a very large hand wheel and told me a story about a very cold (5 F or so) winter night back in the 1950s with a complete black out (the grid in Texas has separated between north and south and west). They could not get the first diesel started and ran out of compressed air. He and the other operator spent an hour switching on and off to manually build up the compressed air and got the second diesel started. Then they could start the first diesel since the electric 40 ??? 50 ??? hp compressor was running then.

    No glow plugs on those 2,500 ??? 3,000 ??? cubic inch marine diesels. You got them up to running speed using compressed air and then opened the diesel fuel lines. They were two strokes so the diesel fuel would just spray out the stacks if it did not ignite.

  22. ” Safe and reliable. ”

    –but not ‘automatic’. A good ATS will exercise the gennie on a schedule and switchover automatically.

    We’ve been in our new, to us, home for 8 months now without any power outage longer than a couple of minutes. But we do live in “Tornado Alley” so I need to be prepared. My Champion generator is portable, not designed for permanent installation. I keep it in the garage annex and haul it outside for testing. I’m looking at either a 6 or 10 circuit cutover switch in the $350 range. I have two 20 amp and one 30 amp connection on the generator. I just can’t justify the expense of a whole house unit I might not use but minutes a year. Same with auto switching. I can flip the breakers without problem. The whole house was converted to LED lighting so its fairly low draw excepting major appliances. MUST HAVE are the fridge and two freezers now filled with $900 of fresh beef. I think I’ll buy the switch and just get an electrician to install. Maybe I’m too cheap but I have other preps to spend on.

    Reminds me of when I managed MCI server infrastructure in the UK and Europe. We had a data center in Frankfurt with big backup generator we tested quarterly. One day they had a real outage, the generator kicked on, ran for a couple of minutes, then died and wouldn’t restart. We had to manually shut down all the servers before the UPS batteries died. In diagnosing the problem we discovered that the generator fuel pump was powered by the city mains not the UPS system so when power failed, no diesel.

  23. Brad, The Brat is 13 and a couple months. Very high intelligence, very low maturity, specifically including self control even when she can accurately predict the consequences of her actions or words. It’s a challenge at times.

    I’m sure they will try something else, though – the woman is not the type to ever admit that she was in the wrong.

    Yah, that’s a challenge of a different type. All I can suggest is, fire. Fire solves many problems. Not that I’m suggesting she burn you out. I’m suggesting that fire may help you. No, wait. I’m not suggesting anything. I’m merely observing that sometimes fires start with no legally identifiable cause and that sometimes those fires solve more problems than they cause. An observation, merely an observation, nothing more than that.

  24. “We should be able finish building the street without further interference. I’m sure they will try something else, though – the woman is not the type to ever admit that she was in the wrong.”

    Are you driving through their property to your property on dirt ? That would suck, especially as the rainy season starts.

    I experimented with samples of TrueGrid pavers building a walk from our front yard through to the back where we store our trash cans. My only regret is that I didn’t put another inch of leveling sand underneath the walk. Otherwise, the end result is pretty solid in terms of not having to deal with the muck that was there before when it rained.

  25. Or maybe they will move away. The biggest resister to us getting sidewalks when the city redoes our streets and drainage didn’t want to lose the ability to park on her driveway (the city’s driveway) because it would get a sidewalk thru it.

    Once the city changed it’s plans, she changed jobs and moved. So we get no sidewalks and it doesn’t matter to the biggest opponent anymore.

    So it was a good thing when the city decided that they couldn’t start the work because of an engineering error. We have another chance to get sidewalks as they have to redesign the whole system AGAIN.

    n

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  26. I guess that I do have some advice, I would not leave my job without having another job in hand. 2021 is going to be worse than 2020 IMHO.

    I was totally professional leaving CGI, and the highly entertaining end result was the manager going so berserk afterwards that he was working at Buc-ee’s in Temple within a year.

    Now, to be fair, scrubbing toilets at Buc-ee’s would be something I’d consider if we lived 30 minutes closer to a big store, but I doubt that was my ex-Army/ex-cop manager’s ambition for his third career.

    The closest Buc-ee’s to our house is Giddings, and that’s a converted Tiger Mart with an expansion for bathrooms tacked on the back.

    Giddings has one other interesting business. I’ve never seen a clinical testing lab store front quite that large with a big sign out front “Pregnancy. Paternity. Drugs.” I imagine that the location means a lot of traffic for those kinds of tests from the North Houston and Austin metro areas.

  27. While we are talking about transfer switches, how important is it to switch the neutral wire along with the two hot wires? Most of the switches I’ve seen are two pole, rather than three pole. They leave the neutral connected to the utility while the backup power source is operating. It seems to me that this would be OK, but not as certainly safe as using a three pole switch.

  28. Very high intelligence, very low maturity, specifically including self control even when she can accurately predict the consequences of her actions or words. It’s a challenge at times.

    Yup, that is me at age 60.

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  29. I was totally professional leaving CGI, and the highly entertaining end result was the manager going so berserk afterwards that he was working at Buc-ee’s in Temple within a year.

    I would never work for CGI again, but I will admit that they have a zero tolerance policy for abusive management. Belton fell through the cracks for about a year because the HR person on the commercial products side quit and wasn’t replaced until right before I left.


  30. the woman is not the type to ever admit that she was in the wrong

    Should be plural in my opinion. A general characterization of the gender.

    They leave the neutral connected to the utility while the backup power source is operating.

    The neutral should be tied to ground in the breaker panel and is probably tied to ground at the pole (or vault) transformer. Neutral should never have any voltage or current relative to ground. The only two wires being switched are the two opposing phases of 110V (nominal). However, even though the neutral buss is tied to the ground buss in the breaker panel, it is against code to have both ground and neutral wires from circuits attached in the same buss. If you look at the breaker panel the main breaker only breaks the two hot circuits, never the neutral. Same within the meter box as removing the meter only breaks the two hots, neutral is a pass through.

  31. Compton. Still a sh!thole.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/la-deputies-shot-compton-ambush-suspect-large

    As noted last night, a group of protesters blocked the entrance to the ER at the St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California, shouting “we hope they die” and other slurs, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department

    –coming soon to YOUR city. The goal of a violent terroristic insurgency is to make life so unlivable that the population welcomes the insurgency to provide stability. We’ve got that to look forward to.

    ammo, guns, armor, and friends. Stock up.

    A civil war is coming between the Free Stuff Army and the rest of us.


  32. I had to risk EBay’s wrath again this weekend because another seller put thrift store junk into a box and shipped it to me having listed the condition as “New”.

    The seller didn’t even require me to return the item. Disposal is now my problem, of course.

    Yuuup, the last item that I bought via EBay, about 6 years ago, was listed as package opened but new and never used. Booted it up and on the screen was the RagHead sellers face. I could find no other instances of prior usage, so I opted to keep it and not get involved with EScam, but never went back. Once burned, twice shy.

  33. Well, got the honda back together. It still runs a bit rougher than I’d like but it’s tolerable. Enough for now anyway. Starts right up and is quiet.

    Did a tiny bit of cleaning in the garage as a cool down. Had to come into the house to really cool off though.

    That’s what I’m doing now. Can’t believe how quickly the day is flying by.

    Headed back out to get one bed changed over an probably planted, and at least some of the other bed ready. Might get some other stuff done. We’ll see. Sleeping until 1030 didn’t help me get stuff done but it sure felt good.

    n

    btw

    https://palmettostatearmory.com/smith-wesson-m-p-shieldtm-9mm.html?

    $400- cheapest I’ve seen it, and in stock, for months.

    n

  34. Yuuup, the last item that I bought via EBay, about 6 years ago, was listed as package opened but new and never used. Booted it up and on the screen was the RagHead sellers face. I could find no other instances of prior usage, so I opted to keep it and not get involved with EScam, but never went back. Once burned, twice shy.

    Me too. I don’t even remember what it was and when it was, just getting scammed.

  35. Re: generator bypass switch.

    This week’s ‘preps’: ordered and received a Generator Bypass Switch (this one Reliance 306CRK 6 circuit transfer switch http://amzn.to/2sDrXDa , currently $370 ).

    The Reliance site has a great tools to determine the best bypass switch for your needs. Start here http://www.reliancecontrols.com/Default.aspx . Good product, and good info, including a nice video on how to install it yourself.

    I added a longer power cable than came with the product. All works well.

    I did it myself – was quite easy once I watched the video a couple of times and then spent some time figuring out which circuits to bypass. Installation was easy – took about 2 hours, but I went really slow.

    From a previous report here :

    My current house situation is similar to @Harold’s. Underground utilities in our subdivision, but external power lines surround us. And it does get a bit windy here (WA Olympic Peninsula) several times a year. Outages happen 2-3 times a winter; most are short-lived, because I live in a higher concentration of houses, and those higher concentrations are fixed first.

    But, I have a gas generator (5-6KW). And a bypass switch wired into six circuits of the main panel. Those circuits provide power to the garage (where the chest freezer is), the fridge in the kitchen, the den (where DirecTV and LCD TV are), and the bedroom (where the home oxygen machine for the wife and CPAP for me). LED lights throughout the house. Generator holds about 5 gallons, have 10 gallons extra gas (properly treated).

    Last outage, all of that only used up about 2500 W, so lots of excess capability. Doesn’t power the heat pump, though. And although we have a propane fireplace, it doesn’t put out much heat (and it’s in a room with cathedral ceilings, so wouldn’t really heat the house if we used it. Winter tempts here are rarely below 25F. Newer house with double-pane windows. Propane BBQ out on the back deck for grilling meals if needed.

    Can set up my phone as a wireless hot spot if needed (phone wireless usually survives a power outage), and use it to get updates from the local power company etc.

    And, lots of FLASHLIGHTS – all LEDs, handheld, automatic failover, or LED lantern, of course.

    So, if you are reasonably handy, you can order/install yourself. I figure I saved about $700 over having someone do it for me.

    Proper precautions, and all that. I didn’t zap myself once. And it is quite easy to switch over – pull out the generator from the garage, fire it up, let the motor stabilize, hook up the cable from the generator to bypass switch, then flip the breakers on the bypass box. And Robert is your dad’s brother.

  36. Re: bypass switches (part 2)

    It’s important to properly wire a generator into house circuits. You don’t want to back-feed power to the other side of your meter. The power company will get really mad at you.

    So I would not recommend an approach that doesn’t include proper isolation (prevent back-feed into the grid). A proper bypass switch will be worth the investment. And if you’re reasonably handy, it can be done yourself. Or get it done, still a good investment.

    A bypass switch solves that backfeed problem. There is isolation between normal switch position and generator position on the breakers in the bypass box. It’s a three-position switch: normal/off/generator.

    Wiring is quite easy. The bypass switch I got was pre-wired. Turn off the main breaker. Disconnect the hot wire from the circuit you have identified. Connect one wire from the bypass switch breaker (there are two) to the wire you disconnected in the main panel. Wire nut is included. Connect the other wire from that same bypass switch to the breaker in the main panel (where you removed the first wire). Repeat for the other bypass switches.

    Check you work, work slowly and carefully. Stay away from the top part of your main panel (there’s lively electrons up there). Mount the bypass switch on the wall securely. The video on the site shows the whole process. And the printed instructions are great (the one for my bypass switch is here: http://www.reliancecontrols.com/Documents/ProTran%202%20Kit%20Instructions%20English.pdf

    And I changed all my lights to LEDs, so power usage (fridge, freezer, DirecTV, Sony LCD tv, various lights that happened to be on the same circuits, and home oxygen generator) is only about 2500W – half of the capability of my Champion generator.

  37. A civil war is coming between the Free Stuff Army and the rest of us.

    They don’t want a civil war. They want a pretty white coed to get a bullet between the eyes, and then the Republicans will fold.

    Watch Lafayette Park across from the White House starting Thursday. That’s where it will happen.

    Portland? Well, rounding up enough pretty white *tattoo-free* coeds at Portland State might be a challenge.

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  38. My ideal home power setup is either

    – Rooftop solar with a battery bank, line power, a three-fuel whole-house generator, a large propane tank, a natural gas stove, a propane stove, and circuitry smart enough to isolate the house and use the rooftop solar where possible, the batteries next, line power next, and finally the generator; or

    – Rooftop solar with battery bank, gasoline/propane whole-house generator, a large propane tank, and propane stove and water heater.

    Depending on whether I’m on the grid.

    Concerning that latter question, I saw something recently which resonated: The older I get, the more I sympathize with the witch or wizard who lived in a remote cabin and killed anyone who came near.


  39. They want a pretty white coed to get a bullet between the eyes

    The recruiting ad would have to be something like:

    Wanted: Woman with natural-colored hair. No facial piercings. No tattoos on face, neck or arms. Must be young, white, and conventionally pretty. IMPORTANT: The successful candidate must have been born female and identified as and presented as female for her entire life. The successful candidate must have ancestry entirely of ancestral European heritage.

    That violates pretty much every professed tenet of the left. Of course, hypocrisy is their middle name so maybe no one will call them on it.

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  40. The recruiting ad would have to be something like:

    Wanted: Woman with natural-colored hair. No facial piercings. No tattoos on face, neck or arms. Must be young, white, and conventionally pretty. IMPORTANT: The successful candidate must have been born female and identified as and presented as female for her entire life. The successful candidate must have ancestry entirely of ancestral European heritage.

    You laugh, but that’s exactly what the predators go after at the UT campus recruiting for the BLM demonstrations downtown. This time of year, the pickings are usually extremely easy, but Covid complicates things for that side as well until after the election.

    The coeds for Lafayette Park already have their bus tickets. Ostensibly, it is a European group organizing the “siege”, but the money probably comes from the same source as BLM, namely Soros and tech fortunes on the West Coast.

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  41. I did it myself – was quite easy once I watched the video a couple of times and then spent some time figuring out which circuits to bypass. Installation was easy – took about 2 hours, but I went really slow.

    I think I’ll be ordering a reliance switch too. Because the house and breaker box are both 44 years old we have already run into out-of-code wiring issues when installing our new stove, I’m going to let a professional do the install. That way I have someone else to blame if something happens.

  42. A civil war is coming between the Free Stuff Army and the rest of us.

    They don’t want a civil war. They want a pretty white coed to get a bullet between the eyes, and then the Republicans will fold.

    The Republicans in the House and Senate might fold. The conservative base will not. That is where the civil war will come from.

  43. “Activists Attempt to Enter Hospital Where Shot Deputies Were Taken, Shout Threats”
    https://www.ntd.com/activists-attempt-to-enter-hospital-where-shot-deputies-were-taken-shout-threats_506698.html

    “The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said protesters attempted to block and enter the hospital where two shot deputies were taken.”

    ““To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling ‘We hope they die’ referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed today in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL. People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through,” the department wrote on Twitter.”

    Unreal. Why did the LA cops not shoot the so-called protestors ?

    Hat tip to:
    https://thelibertydaily.com/

  44. It will come to shooting. Just not yet.

    I really hope not. But these people envision themselves as the future SS officers of the new regime. And they will not give that up easily.

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