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A tranquil evening....
« on: September 08, 2023, 02:29:15 AM »
So...I was "just checking" the status of my 6/1 Lovson Listeroid this evening.  I'd run her during the hurricane that just came through Florida, and had neglected the lass these past several days, due to more pressing matters...

It's dark out, and I'm working with me headlamp.  Checking the alignment, the belt, thinking of draining the 50-gallon cooling tower (NO, no thermostat for me, thank you very much)...

And what do you know, after the family and I returned from dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, up pops a south-moving torrent from Tallahassee.  BIG storm.  LOTS of lightning.   I didn't know it at the time, as I was simply working with the head lamp.  But, I looked across the yard towards the house, and noticed it was DARK.  Humph.  Maybe we lost power?  Sure enough, we lost a tree across the main power lines, about a mile from the house.

I called the bride on the phone, and enquired about the status of the darkness.  She confirmed that we'd lost street power.  "Ah!", I said.  "Well then, lovely woman, would you be so kind as to throw the main in the house?"

And, within 30 seconds, we were back up.  Running the emergency-plan, yes.  But who needs hot water and air conditioning, when it's supposed to be only 72 F tonight? 

A wonderful evening, indeed. 

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Re: A tranquil evening....
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2023, 07:41:41 AM »
Always good when the backup plan comes into use. Makes it well worth all of the time spent. Glad you guys are having some cooler weather this evening. That storm pushed all of the heat back up to the mid-atlantic. We were starting to cool down a little here in VA but has been back around 100 all week. One more mid 90's day today then we are supposed to be back in the mid 80's albeit high humidity. Glad to hear you guys made it through with little trouble. Looks like there may be another on the way though. Guess I will spend some time today filling up the fuel cans for the season.

I hope Lee doesn't set it's sights on you guys.
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Re: A tranquil evening....
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2023, 08:03:55 AM »
Storms down under invariably bring power outages. Usually it's trees or branches falling on power lines. If it's the main line's you may be down for 2 to 6 hour's at least and up to a week. If your really unlucky and it's the short feed line to your house it could be much longer. My first inverter generator was stolen during the bush fires, probably by the very same people who lit them. The second one is only big enough to keep the fridges going and a few lights. Hopefully the new Lister will have enough grunt to cover us better.
I've been told to resist using sensitive stuff but since all our fridge compressors use inverter powered compressors would they be too sensitive do you think ?
The generator is an 8kw Yanan with an AVR.

Lister CS 6/1
JKson 16/1
Yamaha WR250 R
A bunch of classic woodworking machinery and all the other stuff that goes with a rural lifestyle.