Your description about the tiredness of doing seemingly simple chores is very accurate, particularity when we had ice/snow/ice/snow to deal with. We were supposed to have a conference call with our financial manager today but I canceled that. My local VA called yesterday about rescheduling my physical but I begged off of that until we get settled down.When my brother and I went down to help my sister's family after Michael, one of the things I noticed was they were so tired from just doing the things necessary to exist there wasn't much energy left over for anything else. Keeping generators running, cooking on a camp stove, getting things out of water soaked rooms, making a path through the debris field etc. just took so much energy that it was hard to do any larger projects. We were only there a few days but extra hands and a different perspective seemed to help some.
That's why I asked about the welder generator. I thought it was possible that one could be in a shop and JC was so necessarily focused on day to day or hour to hour tasks that stuff gets forgotten. When the power does come back on, there is going to be some tiredness that takes several days or longer to recover from. Then he can go strangle Wonder Boy who no doubt will be talking about how terrible his ordeal was.
I checked all of the Tractor Supplies in a 100 mile diameter of us and there are no Hobart welder/generators available. I looked at the specs on a Miller Bobcat and its THD is pretty high (total harmonic distortion) which isn't great for some equipment so I took that out of the running.
Northern Tool has no larger generators in stores either. San Antonio has a bunch of Honda dealers, I might call around just to keep busy.
I don't remember if I mentioned my Rianni tankless water heater has a crack in one of the heat exchanger pipes. Heat exchangers are about $325 assuming you could even find one. I'm going to remove the exchanger and silver solder a patch over the split pipe. It's where it makes a bend so that will be a little tricky to patch but I have some copper scraps that I can form to shape.