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    High winds in the Northeast today

    Last weekend I was thinking it's about time for a generator maintenance run. Today we've been having some pretty high winds and... well... we've been running off the generator for almost 4 hours now with no restore time estimate yet from the power company.

    Maintenance run - CHECK. :-)

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    And you aren’t even in the northeast....technically.....
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    The noon news here said there are some 250,000+ people without electricity here in MA. Our's blinked a few times at about 11pm but stayed on. Other parts of town are out due to trees crashing onto power lines. Cape Cod is taking a beating.

    But, your post it timely. I should drag my 2 generators out and test run them this weekend. I'm sure they'll be needed at some point this winter.
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    I got up this AM to some of the digital appliance clocks blinking. Heavy winds & rain throughout the night woke me a couple of times. Intermittent rain but heavy winds all day today as well.

    At least I was able to get the yard aerated and I managed to spread ~ 400# of Kentucky 31 coated seed down ahead of the rain. I hope it's not too late in the season for it to germinate and get started.

    Leaves are coming down like crazy right now. Some tree branches as well.
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    There are about 60,000 outages in my county out of 150,000 customers, but itís heavily weighted near the coast. Within 10 miles of the coast there are still outage rates around 80%. There are still 7300 outages in my town of 9600 customers. Another nearby only has 68 houses with power out of 4100. I lost power overnight and it just came back when I was on my way home. Itís the longest Iíve been out since buying the house 10 years ago.

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    Itís going on 5:30pm and Iím still running on generator. Itís been over 7 hours now. Clear blue skies and windy.
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    I was out for just over 12 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydplrs View Post
    I was out for just over 12 hours.
    Ours came back on around 7pm. Total outage around 9 hours.
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    Time for a whole house generator. Best money I've ever spent on my house. Don't have to get out of bed because the electric went out and I'm worried about the sump pumps or the refrigerators, etc. The best part is that I don't even have to be at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdforever View Post
    Time for a whole house generator. Best money I've ever spent on my house. Don't have to get out of bed because the electric went out and I'm worried about the sump pumps or the refrigerators, etc. The best part is that I don't even have to be at home.
    Whole house automatic units are nice, especially for the reasons given. I use my portable as a whole house generator. I can run everything except the central air. But of course I must manually connect it to the outside generator connector and throw the interlock breaker. When not powering the house I use the generator for other duties like portable welding. Being portable also means if something happens to it I can just go to the store and buy another one, bring it home and plug it in.

    To get the most out of an automatic unit it seems like you really need to have natural gas available, which we do not have around here. The alternative would be a big above or below ground propane tank.
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