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Fran604g

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Wishing everyone in TX the best! Sharon and I are avid gardeners, and we can only imagine how badly the weather there most certainly must be affecting those who have started/planted this growing season's plants.
 

MikeyFresh

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This was huge frontal line, extending from Houston to New England last night. Oddly we are on the warm side here in NY despite the last couple of weeks having been very cold, and so there was the forecast for a potentially devastating ice storm last night, with warmer upper level air dropping freezing rain down through the far colder temps at lower altitudes. Dire predictions of .75" of ice were being made.

And then it didn't happen, the warmer air gained control and even well north of where I am in the lower Hudson Valley, the precipitation fell as rain, though it froze on ground contact north of here.

So we dodged a bullet, but no rest for the weary, another event for Thursday into Friday is supposed to drop another 12" of snow here, so I'll be shoveling once again if that forecast holds.

Best wishes for those in TX and elsewhere that you get the power back and start to thaw out soon!
 

MikeT.

Senior Member
Lived down there in Texas for seven years and went through a couple of bad ice events but nothing like what they are going through now. Be careful and stay warm.

We are getting the first sunshine in many days here in Sugar Grove, IL. It’s welcome since we’ve been snowed upon over and over again for is almost a week. 1CD4B865-F0DA-4076-A2E9-239ABA2FB3A7.jpeg
 
After days of rolling black-outs, had not one but two busted pipes. No available plumbers anywhere. The local hardware stores were out of the good stuff. Found two 1/2" compression valves. Good enough. Went home, cut off the pipes and fitted the compression valves to shut off the water there. (Don't need that bathroom anyway :confused:) Problem solved - for now.
 
That sucks re: the busted pipes. It's not so much the pipes, but the water damage they can cause. Up where I'm at, I try to drain the water from the outside hose bibb before freezing temperatures set in.

I am glad I got a portable inverter/generator. It's only a 2800 watt unit but it is enough to run the furnace and refrigerator, a handful of LED lamps, some USB chargers and my networking rack. Of course, now that I have it, the power won't go out...
 

Ernie

Me
That sucks re: the busted pipes. It's not so much the pipes, but the water damage they can cause. Up where I'm at, I try to drain the water from the outside hose bibb before freezing temperatures set in.

I am glad I got a portable inverter/generator. It's only a 2800 watt unit but it is enough to run the furnace and refrigerator, a handful of LED lamps, some USB chargers and my networking rack. Of course, now that I have it, the power won't go out...
Cheap insurance, relatively speaking.
 
Cheap insurance, relatively speaking.
You know it. 👍 I couldn't run a full house with it, but it is enough to cover the necessities.

I went with an inverter since it outputs stable, clean voltage for electronics. That also allows it to idle at low speed when there is low load, saving on gas and reducing noise output (although it's fairly quiet). The old generator my dad had would run full-bore.

I still have to get a proper set of extension cords to run to the house, though. I can run it on what I have, but it's rather clumsy. I am thinking of making my own, so I can get the length I want (which is between two common sizes), the right wire gauge size, good flexibility in colder weather, and terminated in a way that I can more easily use it indoors. We won't be here long enough to worry about installing a transfer switch.
 
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