Hi Everyone.. it has been a frustrating day.. it started last night,, the wind started getting frisky around 10 pm. About midnight the power went out.. that 's three times this week.. all from wind. I wish the energy company [DTE] would do their jobs and trim the trees, and repair the poles.
So at midnight I just decided to go to bed. at 7 this morning my bedroom was down to 62*, not too bad considering the 40-50mph winds outside, but the temperature was around 35*.
So I got up, flipped the main breaker, and most of the big loads, like the well, freezers fridge etc.. I just wanted power for the boiler's building and the circulator pumps, fired up the little gasoline 5K generator, and took the dog for a walk, as I came back, I swung by the boiler building to check on the AA.. OOPS, it wasn't running,, hmm after 7 hours? Well the water was still at 160* ! but as I watched and checked everything, the water temp was dropping, the main circulator for the loop into the house was finally returning cool water, and soon the aquastat fired up the fan and stoker. Whew! I thought I had problems.
As I head back toward the house I notice lots of shingles ,, so I walk around and find about 80square feet of missing shingles on the garage.. well add another item to 'the list'..
Next I go in and fire up the coffee pot.. and you should have heard the generator when the coffepot heater kicked on !! I don't know what the wattage is for this thing, but It's significant. Maybe that's why my electric bill is so high the last few months.. the coffee pot stays on untill 2-3PM each day.. I think I'll let it get cool and just nuke the cup of coffee.. the microwave hardly made the genset grunt..
So I have this really nice 20kw genset, Kohler 4cyl turbo diesel.. nice unit, it was pulled from a service truck and replaced with a new genset. I got the old one.. I had to replace the brushes, and slip rings, and was going to set it up today, I thought I had only an hour or so of work to get it set up..
But it seems the crew that did the swap with the new genset had only hammers, an ax and a pipewrench to work with.. what a bunch of HACKS. Ghheeezh !! So after seeing the crushed oilpan from dropping the unit on the special extended drainplug [which they should have used on the new genset], and the demolished main Circuit breaker, they broke the plastic housing loosening the WRONG wires.. IDIOTS.
So I gave up on the 20KW set.. I really wanted to get it running, it's an 1800rpm unit.. almost silent compared to the Briggs and Stratton screaming at 3600rpm in the driveway.
Well I also have a 11kw generator, a 3pt hitch, PTO driven generator. but it has to be run at PTO speed: 540 rpm...and that is 2550rpm on my tractor.. which while not as obnoxious as the Briggs and Stratton.. it's still annoying, especially since I'm usually using less than 7-8KW.. oh well, I wanted to get all the freezers cold again, run the well and take a shower..
So I fired up the little tractor [JD 855 with 3cyl Yanmar, nice unit] got everything working well, turned everything on, and the tractor didn't even waver, just hummed along. I took a shower, and things were looking up.
The young guy who's been helping me with finishing some projects around the place, he's the wonderful craftsman that made my staircase in the new parts of the house. He shows up, and we make a few decisions about trim and paint.. he gives me a 'grocery list' for Home Depot, while he does a few odds and ends.. I run off to HD,, get the stuff, and head home..
When I get home and unload the pile, I notice the tractor slowing down, surging etc.. The guy says that it did that a few times while i was gone.. so I jog out to the tractor, it's barely holding 2200 rpm, and still slowing, so I flip the breaker, and even with no load, the engine continues to slow down, then catches and is back to 2550... Crap.. sounds like a clogged fuel filter..
So I shut down the engine, remove the fuel tank filter, it's a fine mesh cylinder/filter in a sediment bowl.. and it's full of slimy crud, the filter is solid.. I peel the 1/8" thick layer or snot off the screen, blow it out with brake clean and air. and replace.. the engine starts and runs. but not much better.. HMM I thought this tractor had only one filter.. so off comes the engine shroud, and there it is, another, larger sediment bowl, this one with a pleated paper filter.. it really doesn't look that bad, but when I start spraying it down with brake-kleen, I see I'm washing off a layer of crud.. I gently blow it out from the back side, and replace the bowl, first filling it with fresh diesel.. I pump the manual primer.. and start 'er up.. runs great..
I reengage the PTO and check the rpm, flip the breaker on ,and the whole place is powered.. all is well.
So I enlist the muscle of the trim carpenter, and we bring the stripped carcass of the 'Art Garland' stove from the basement to the mudroom of the main level in the house.. And I start making numberous trips up and back down the stairs to bring up the pieces to reassemble the 'Garland' stove,, taking photos as I go.
Then,, LIGHTS OUT !! Damn.. so out to the tractor, and the engine is running fine.. I take a look, and the PTO shaft has come apart at the front Ujoint..
One cap in on the ground, and one is barely in the yoke. Upon closer look, it appears that the Ujoint caps are meant to have the inside 'c' clips, and the yoke is meant to have the exterior clips. And since this was incompatable, the shaft assembler in ???? who knows where, just shipped it out.. If I'd inspected it, I'd have just put a spot of weld on the cap/yoke and it's be together still but now the Ujoint is trashed, and I'll have to reassemble it and try to get the shaft to run concentric..
So that genset is down for the count..
So I go back in the house, to start tripping breakers, shutting down the big loads again to prepare to run the little annoying B&S powered gen.. and I decide to try the main breaker, and FINALLY, something went my way.. the power is back on.. several hours before estimated. I have no cable or TV, but I can use my cellphone as my ISP for my laptop..
I guess I really need to get that Kohler 20kw unit installed.. then we won't have another power outage for 5 years.. that's what happened when I sufferd through 5-6 outages each year for the first few at the farm,, then I bought the little 5Kw gen,, then abot 8 years of NO OUTAGES.. figures.. so I'm thinking that Kohler 20KW ought to be good for ... 10 years of not outages??
Anyway glad today is almost over.. now I'll see how slowly my cell phone ISP uploads photos of the Art Garland's reassembly..
Hambden Bob. hang in there, and don't take any crap from those Fake Baptists'.. I think the local cops will look the other way if a few of them 'trip and fall'.