We're always prepared for it; every winter we can be sure there will
be longer outages than that. The last one at New Year, lasted longer
than two days. Lots of trees and lines down in 90-100 mph gales, and the
engineers couldn't safely start repairs until the wind dropped. We were
the last house on the island to get reconnected. A few years back, the
entire island had an outage of no power for nearly two weeks.
Because that bad storm was forecast, before it started I'd run the
laundry through the machine, made sure we had spare radio and torch
batteries, fitted fresh candles into their holders, and fetched the gas
camp stoves into the kitchen. If we get blacked out by surprise, all
those are always kept in the same place so we can find them in pitch
dark. I have oil lamps too but seldom bother with those. We normally use
those radio phones which don't work in a power cut, but the old plug-in
one does so I got that out and plugged it in.
We always keep a good store of supplies in the pantry. Knowing we
wouldn't want to open the freezer I got out some frozen bread and
home-cooked food , and turned it down to max cold.. Last year we
replaced an elderly fridge/freezer with an A-rated high efficiency
model. With the power off, and the door left shut, it keeps food frozen
solid more than twice as long as the old one did. We're at the same
latitude as Moscow, and Jan in Alaska, but warmed by the Gulf stream .
Even without central heating, in midwinter the indoor temp of this
well-insulated high solar gain house doesn't drop below 55 F. We put on
extra fleeces and were warm enough.In January it gets dark by 5pm , we
lit candles, played games, listened to the radio. In our kitchen we have
stainless steel splashbacks on the walls above the worksurfaces. Great
candle-reflectors; so just four candles makes the night-time kitchen
bright enough to cook and wash dishes.
At our previous place, the water supply was pumped so a long outage
meant no water. If we had notice, we filled the bath, a barrel and
saucepans, which gave a week of drinking and cooking water. For washing
and flushing lavs, we fetched buckets from several outdoor
roof-collection barrels, the stream in the garden, or if those ran dry,
the river 50 yards away. At this place, gravity pressure makes sure the
water still works during power cuts, what a luxury :-)
I'd not thought of washing laundry before the storm. But you're
right, that needs electric.
Normally I carry a flash light in my pocket, and have one or two
in the house where I know I can find them in the dark.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
On Sun, 25 Feb 2007 23:41:57 GMT, Janet Baraclough
We have the opposite situation here, the power goes out in the summer
(hurricanes). One thing I figured out is to keep the fridge and
freezer stuffed with half liter bottes of water. That ice will hold
the freezer and fridge for a real long time and when it melts it is
still good drinking water, which may also be in short supply.
If it really looks like it will be out for a while I will transition
over to my RV propane fridge. I have up to 150 gallons of propane in
My last quarer mile is underground. Beyond that is a part that runs
over a stream from pole to pole. During a storm, a tree was knocked
down and fell on the phone line which caused one telephone pole to
snap, and the wires to fall on the ground and on the stream I
mentioned. Part was under water and much more when it rained and the
stream rose a couple feet.
But since the phones wwere still working, it took the phone company
about 3 years to fix it. (If they had only told me how low on the
list it was, I would have stopped calling them (3 times total. Once
they came out and marked some things but it was still another 18
When we had our longest outage, it was when a tree took out the service
drops to the house. ALL of them, power, phone and cable for high speed
internet. Back then I didn't have a cell phone, none of the neighbors
were home, so I had to find a pay phone to call in the trouble. Since
then, I took a job that required me to have a cell phone, it doesn't
work great in our canyon, but if you go to the right part of the house,
you can place a call.
We are so far back in the sticks in a very sparsely populated county that no
broadband will ever be available so the choice is dialup or satellite.
We have the Hughes satellite which works pretty good most of the time.
When the power goes out we'll run the generator through a PC power backup
and then plug the computer and satellite modem into the power supply and be
back online pronto.
The only downside so far, and I'm going to fix it is, our satellite dish is
on the peak of the 2nd floor roof and not easy to get to and when it gets
real cold and then rains the dish loads up with 3" thick ice, making it
unworkable. So right now I am investigating a solar powered heater coil that
will wrap the dish and the feedhorn effectively eliminating the ice buildup.
Kinda pricey though at $400.
You might want to consider a radome for your dish, if one is available.
I've seen fabric radomes for receive only sat dishes, no heater
expense, although if the snow is really bad, it might cover up the
radome enough to stop working, although show should slide off a properly
I used to think we'd never see broadband where I live but we received
notice last week it was now available. I jumped at the chance to ditch
my satellite (Wildblue). I had not fulfilled the Wildblue agreement for
1 yr service but the phone company agreed to do an even swap if I'd let
them have the equipment back - DEAL! DSL is so sweet and the same
monthly price as Wildblue...
Our county sounds similar to yours in population size so who knows? you
might get a notice yourself someday.
Yep, unfortunately you're right.
Changes next weekend from what I've been told.
Who is Nashville's phone company?
The problem is there isn't enough people around here that want broadband and
they won't run a line just for us.
None of the neighbors even own a computer let alone have a web connection.
Many farmers and hunters and such.
You an SBC customer?
To get DSL service, you have to be within 18,000 cable-feet of either a
central office (CO) or a digital subscriber line access multiplexer (DSLAM),
which is usually a green box about 18" square mounted on a pole.
"Cable-feet" refers to the length of the actual cable run, not the straight
line distance from your house to the CO or DSLAM, and cable routing can be
pretty bizarre at times.
Gary Heston email@example.com http://www.thebreastcancersite.com /
"The message should go out loud and clear that we are a tolerant country
as soon as we'd heard SBC had bought PacTel we Scooby Danced
all over the office with joy and much laughter. it was a case
of the good consuming the evil and the evil were soon to get a
lesson in manners. yep that was a fine day indeed.
people from different parts of america are different from one another.
the network support engineers at the SBC Network Operations Center [NOC]
in Texas were all intelligent, pleasant and good to work for where as the
network support engineers in california were evil, cacophonous and rude.
did you know it can sometimes take 4.75 times longer to deliver a software
patch to a rude customer? yep sure can.
and without pulse coded modulation [PCM] what could you get?
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