Power Outtage in NE PA

Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: bear creek burnout On: Tue Oct 28, 2008 2:58 pm

It's an early Nor'Easter with snow, sleet, freezing rain and plenty of wind too. Lost power today for more than 5 hours....my generator got a mini workout. Hope everyone else got their power back.
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: lincolnmania On: Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:33 pm

yea i heard it is nasty up north and pp'l had to cal out crews from ny to help.....i saw a little snow on 183 at summit station, but still windy and rainy up here in zerbe
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:32 pm

We only suffered a few power surges and blips . So far no outages ,just north of here has been out all day . I didn't think this storm was that bad to cause these issues . Whats the winter going to be like?Dave
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: av8r On: Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:52 pm

Wind and rain with a few spits of snow today up here near BGM. Winter will be warm and dryer than normal.
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: zeeklu On: Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:01 pm

We were out for 1 1/2 hours this afternoon in NW N.J.. We had about 5 inches of heavy wet snow. Chris
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: billw On: Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:07 pm

No power outages here in Dallas or in Dunmore where I'm working for the next month.
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:22 pm

Spotty outages here in SE PA. Fire scanner was going nuts with downed trees and wires and wires arcing.

Got a call at 5:00 that power was out at home. After eating a nice candlelight dinner, I got out the new generator, filled the gas tank, and was attempting to hook the wire into the transfer switch when I heard the circulator kick on next to me. Hmmmmmm, how can that be unless we have electric service ?????

Well at least the generator is now ready. I did put in Sta-Bil before shutting it down.

Next time should be a breeze but I really wanted to see how this was going to handle the loads. I'm sure there will be a few more times this fall and winter..


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Rick
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: bear creek burnout On: Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:30 pm

Hi Rick....We have an automatic peopane fired generator that handles the load here. I did notice that my beermeister isn't wired into the emergency panel....I'll have to get that fixed. Winter comes early to Bear Creek....and stays late. We had 8" of very wet heavy snow.
I hope the snow is off the roof by Thursday....I'm getting my Hitzer insert installed and they have to feed the insulated SS chimney liner from the roof.
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: chemung On: Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:04 pm

Flyer5 wrote:We only suffered a few power surges and blips . So far no outages ,just north of here has been out all day . I didn't think this storm was that bad to cause these issues . Whats the winter going to be like?Dave


I'm on the east side of I 81 near you. We just got our electric back at 21:30. It went down about 11:00 and back on at 11:38 then at 1300 it went down 'till 21:30. At 1300 my house was at 63 degrees (F). When the electric came back at 21:30 the inside temp was 57 degrees. Not bad with all the wind we had. Some gusts had to be hurricane strength. Before dark I had a lot of branches on the ground on my property. Can't wait to see what it looks like in the morning. Looks like a large clean up.

Took the family to Binghams in Lenox for supper. Lights out at Gibson and Harford truck stops. While in the restaurant I talked to a fellow who drove down from Endicott. He said the power was out from the NY state line to Lenox. Binghams was real busy with locals because of the power outage in the area.

I'm not heating with coal yet. I need a chimney built besides the expense of a heating unit. I'm retired and in the spring I will be old enough for Social Security. Once I get on that I can get the chimney built. And maybe a truck too. :D
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:13 pm

We lost power 5 mins. after my posting yesterday on cold and snow coming forum. it did not come back on until 8:45. Thank God for hand fired stoves. Downed wires and branches all over Lower Bucks County. We still have leaves on trees and 3" of heavy wet snow will do that. I wonder if I can sue Al Gore for not providing us with enough global warming to stop this problem. It should not snow this time of year. I am glad I did not loose my freezer full of food :eek2:
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: mozz On: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:25 pm

Power still out here since Tuesday morning. AA130 ran over 7 hours without power before i got the generator running in the afternoon with homemade 10/2 extension cord. Turned the generator off last night and let the AA run another 7 hours, fired the gen back up and been running all day. Electric company now says thursday at 8pm before power is back. Transformer was on fire, or some sort of fusable link, which i think i can see is open. I need to wire in a whole house disconnect so i dont have to be running extension cords and such. Got an easy 12" of wet snow. Have a few trees down the the back yard also. Metal shed has a sagging roof now.
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:08 am

Hi Mozz If you take a 220 plug for the generator and run it to the fuse box you can hook that wire to a 220 curcuit breaker. however you MUST!!! turn off the main breaker to the house. Then you will have lights all over the house, :idea: but only what the generator can handle. 5000 watts or whatever the generator is rated for. The reason for turning off the main breaker is to prevent the generator from charging the telephone pole and electricuting the PECO workers working on the pole ! :eek2: P.S. I am not an electrician, but I have seen that done before. toothy
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:11 am

Towns around me got over 12" of snow on Monday, lucky for me I live near the lake and it didn't get cold enough for the snow to accumulate. Our power has stayed on, but we got a few flickers over the last two days.
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: mozz On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:57 am

Duengeon master wrote:Hi Mozz If you take a 220 plug for the generator and run it to the fuse box you can hook that wire to a 220 curcuit breaker. however you MUST!!! turn off the main breaker to the house.


Yeah i know that is possible. I will do it correct and buy the disconnect box. If they come to fix the electric and hear a generator running, they know of the possibility of getting electricuted. If you have any wiring problems you could kill someone. They will pull your meter if they think you are backfeeding. I don't need the entire house powered, just the stoker, well pump and refridgerator and 1 lamp :idea: .
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Re: Power Outtage in NE PA

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:30 pm

You need to install a "manual transfer switch". Google it. I have to install one as well, haven't gotten to it yet.
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