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[#] Thu Oct 27 2011 20:51:46 EDT from Animal

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[#] Fri Oct 28 2011 09:25:27 EDT from zooer

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Is that a camera on the bottom right of the sign?

[#] Fri Oct 28 2011 09:25:38 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Nice. You've made the big time (but no one knows it's you!)

[#] Fri Oct 28 2011 20:27:41 EDT from Ladyhawke

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We know!

Slime, you're famous!

[#] Sat Oct 29 2011 10:42:34 EDT from Sig

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Re: yesterday's History thing, I think the Gateway Arch is one of my very favorite monuments. Definitely worth the time to go up to the top if ever you find yourself in the area.

[#] Sat Oct 29 2011 22:19:41 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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"Frost on the pumpkin" ?  How about six inches of snow on the pumpkin?

[ Go to if you can't see the photo ]

...and in October !!  WTF?  Someone please stab Al Gore in the face with a Buick.


And of course, our power is out ... again.  And here's why:

[ Go to if you can't see the photo ... actually, go there anyway for the hi-res version and check out the fact that the lines are actually on fire ]

13,000 volts of fun!  And the best part is, I have to be at work tonight for a service window!

[#] Sat Oct 29 2011 22:55:09 EDT from Ladyhawke

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The downside of living in that gorgeous wooded area.  We've got tidal issues over here.  :-(

So long as the electric stays up so the pumps keep going, we'll be shaken and a bit stirred, but ok.   I'm actually starting to consider one of those auto-start natural gas generators, just for the peace of mind.  Not that it's affordable, but...

Damned pervect coon-ions.  Next time ply them with treats and wood nymphs, please, so they'll keep their tricks to themselves!

[#] Sun Oct 30 2011 22:20:28 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Still no power. Spent last night in a dark cold home but tonight we're staying wi family in another town.

That does it. We're buying a generator.

[#] Mon Oct 31 2011 09:06:51 EDT from dothebart

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awww... Enjoy the hot shower..

[#] Mon Oct 31 2011 09:35:28 EDT from fleeb

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Grr. That sucks, IG. I hope they get that repaired soon.

[#] Mon Oct 31 2011 15:54:16 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Back online now. So it's been a little more than 48 hours. But I'm still buying a generator.

[#] Mon Oct 31 2011 16:29:42 EDT from Spell Binder

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IG: Are you going to go guinea pig or hamster?

[#] Mon Oct 31 2011 17:53:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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It will be powered by a hyperactive six year old.

[#] Tue Nov 01 2011 09:07:29 EDT from skpacman

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Yeah, be careful with kid-power. As the child gets older, they lose their hyperactivity and invariably get lazy. Also, hyperactive six-year-old's have a tendency to fall asleep on the spot once they run out of hyper-energy. Do you have a steady supply of hyperactive children or do you plan to find alternatives?

My three-year-old tends to get grumpy long before getting tired....

Stephen D King

[#] Tue Nov 01 2011 14:36:52 EDT from zooer

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Are you going to buy a house generator or just a small one?  Honda portable generators are fantastic but expensive.  They can be used for electronic equipment.  You have to make sure they have enough power to run a hot water heater.

Had one in Florida.  Got lucky didn't have to use it too much.  Mostly to keep the refrigerator running, and if needed to run an air conditioner at night.

[#] Tue Nov 01 2011 16:08:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I'm looking to go at least 5KW and with a diesel engine so I can run it from my home heating oil tank. I'll probably hook it up to a subpanel and hook up the fridge, the circulator pump for the heat/hotwater, computer/phones/tv, and a few lights.

We have 100 Amp service so a 12 KW generator would in fact power the whole house, but that takes it way out of my price range.

[#] Tue Nov 01 2011 18:45:59 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Think I'm going with an 8kw so it'll cover my sumps.  Plus, it's an auto on, so I won't need to worry when I'm out of town.  But yes, expensive.  But food is over-rated, anyway.

[#] Wed Nov 02 2011 05:25:03 EDT from dothebart

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i've seen some which look a little like a fridge, there to power your house & and replace your heating.

[#] Wed Nov 02 2011 22:13:00 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Well it seems that no one has any generators in stock anyway, so we've got some time to think about it. Diesel generators cost more but they seem to have a much longer service life. I can't get a straight answer on whether it's safe to run a diesel engine on #2 home heating oil.

I guess I'll work on site prep while we wait for everyone to restock.

[#] Thu Nov 03 2011 05:55:26 EDT from dothebart

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in germany it 'd probably be problematic because of taxation.

at least by putting it into your car you're committing a tax crime.

afaik the only difference is the color, which is made by aditiva.

don't know whether one should put it into a modern TDI though ;-)

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