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I have three generators. A 5kw diesel that will run everything in the house but the AC. And two 2kw generators that can be paired to run everything in the garage. We are pretty much self sustaining for about a week then I need to go find more fuel.
Bought the property we're on in '98 and had a 1kw little Honda generator mostly for camping but used it occasionally during power outages to run a TV and keep the fridge cold. When Y2K was coming around (and nobody was panicking about loss of power) a nearby hardware store had 3kw generators for about half list price. Told the wife we should get one because when we build out in the sticks, if we lose power we're going to be without for a while. Ended up moving to a 5kw Yamaha electric start so my wife can start it if I'm at work.

Probably the only thing more important than having heat for her daycare center is the ability to flush the toilet!

Have debated about a whole house generator but not convinced it's necessary.

Neighbor brought his farm tractor over and plowed me out yesterday which was a huge help. Then they tell us they're leaving to head south for a MONTH! lol!

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I live in Washington State, west of the mountains and we have not had snow. We usually get at least one minor, 1 to 3 inches, of snow per year.

Drivers go crazy around here during snow. 2 inches of snow around here means school closures, cars stuck on the freeway, cars in ditches, people calling in sick. Everybody drives SUV's but still drive into ditches.

Lack of adequate snow removal equipment and lack of snow driving experience is probably the reason for the mishaps.

Every 5 to 10 years, we get a big one - 8 to 12 inches woo-hoo! People abandon cars everywhere and school can be out for a week.
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Whole house generators is power outtage insurance.

We live out in the sticks with lots of trees so lots of wind caused power outages. We had several 4 to 5 day power outages 10 to 15 years ago and lost two freezer contents.

Bought a 15 kw standby propane generator and 250 gallon propane tank right after storms.

Have not had a significant power outage since. Longest outage was 6 hours!

Standby is nice. It starts by itself upon power outage and turns off after power is restored. Runs the whole house including heat pump.

Had a power outage at Christmas couple years ago. We were the only house in the neighborhood with Christmas lights.

When we have a power outage, I like to call my neighbor across the street who runs a portable generator in the driveway and complain that his noisey generator is making it hard to hear my tv.

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Columbia Station Ohio : It's cold temps with wind chill below zero and the best is yet to come tomorrow temps 25 to 35 below with the wind chill and high winds . It rained yesterday ,go figure and everything froze overnight so the dogs are having a bit of an issue going out due to the fact that the yard is now an ice rink ! We heat with wood so we are nice and cozy ,have a generator for backup power ,2 stage snowblower ,a fridge full of food and beer ,and cars tucked away so no need to go out till it warms up a bit . I worked outside for 42 years and even though I'm retired this stuff does not bother me just have to dress for it and be prepared ! I plan on going out tomorrow just to say I've been in 35 below weather my personal best is 45 below .

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Probably the only thing more important than having heat for her daycare center is the ability to flush the toilet!
the 'no water' thing is what sold me. i have an 8k propane gen that will run everything in the house along with 200 ft of cord over to my neighbors to keep their fridge and heat running. my tank just got topped up last week so i'm not too worried.
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WOW!! If we got 8 inches of snow, okieHOMER would prolly shut down.
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When we have a power outage, I like to call my neighbor across the street who runs a portable generator in the driveway and complain that his noisey generator is making it hard to hear my tv.
First time we used the 3kw at our last place my wife said "should we close the blinds, I feel bad that we have lights and the neighbors homes are all dark!" I said "You don't think that screaming 10hp engine in the driveway is going to give it away?"

20 minutes later we rented a movie off of the satellite dish and microwaved popcorn. I said "Yeah, now we're just rubbing it in!" lol

As for working in the cold, I'm the same way. Grew up with those days when the snot freezes inside of your nose as soon as you walk outside. This evening was no different - gear up, pick your pace, plug away, get it done.
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Here's a picture of my coupe after the winter storm from 1/19/19 (yes it sits outside - have no choice) with some drifts protecting it. I prefer snow over freezing rain but this weeks bitter cold we could all do with out. At least it's not going be here more than a couple of days.
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Here's a picture of my coupe after the winter storm from 1/19/19 (yes it sits outside - have no choice) with some drifts protecting it. I prefer snow over freezing rain but this weeks bitter cold we could all do with out. At least it's not going be here more than a couple of days.
Sir! As a fellow coupe owner, I cannot sit idly by while you flagrantly engage in Solstice abuse!
This is unacceptable, buy a outdoor car cover ASAP.
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Yes I'm kidding, well kind of. I remember when we lived in a efficiently apartment complex and had two early 70s Corvettes. The cars were parked outside for several years through rain, sleet, and snow. It was pointless to think about buying car covers for them because I knew someone would come along and steal them. Now our Sols are parked in the garage all year round, but our everyday cars still sit outside in the rain, sleet and snow, dammit.


Now back to the weather. I believe this is day zero for Michigan and the Polar Vortex, and our employer closed for the day, and we get paid. Yeah! However we received a couple inches of snow last night so I plan on firing up the snowblower and shovel later today.

BTW, I really need to break down and buy a CarHart snowsuit.
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Sir! As a fellow coupe owner, I cannot sit idly by while you fragrantly engage in Solstice abuse!
This is unacceptable, buy a outdoor car cover ASAP.
Fragrantly? As in "this stinks"?
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Sir! As a fellow coupe owner, I cannot sit idly by while you flagrantly engage in Solstice abuse!
This is unacceptable, buy a outdoor car cover ASAP.
I would argue that it may be better off in it's current cryogenically frozen state then in a moist, humid garage full of other cars dripping slush and salt. But that's just because I like to stir the pot.

Knowing the guys that worked on these cars, I assure you it endured much worse conditions at the GM proving grounds during development.

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I built a small shed on the side of the house for my diesel genny. Its open on the ends for ventilation but the inside is covered in sound absorbing foam to cut down on the noise. I don't want to have to shoot anyone just because they saw an opportunity to steal my power!

I looked at automated switch over, propane, gasoline and diesel generators. I ended up with not choosing propane when I found out how much you need for a couple days of power. Its a BIG tank taking up a lot of room. I have three 16 gallon drums. Two diesel and one gasoline. They will run my three generators for several days continuously or longer if I run them only in the evening when we need them most. But more importantly, I can always find fuel for my generators when / if I need it. We have about 500 trucks and SUVs in the neighborhood with 20 gallons minimum available. Or I guess I could just buy it if its still available. (that is a joke) (probably)

As soon as you have an emergency the first consideration is do you have the resources to get through it. The second one is can you maintain control of your resources. The last thing I would do is put my generator in the driveway and turn on the lights. I have read stories about people going to bed and waking up in the morning to find that the "generator" sound they are hearing is their lawn mower while the generator is GONE. Mine are secured by barriers and chained to the immovable object with a security chain and lock.

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At the peak of the outage, about 8,000 residents were affected in the Twin Cities metro area. As of 11 p.m., less than 600 customers people were still without power.

The end is near LOL

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Rob - security is another reason I thought about a "whole house". BUT we heat with propane so I'd have plenty available . . . for a WHILE!

My gas generator gets wheeled back into the locked garage at night. I might consider running it overnight in negative temps to keep the furnace running but during warmer temps we just bundle up. Get up early and start it up to heat the house back up before my wife's daycare center needs to open.

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Sir! As a fellow coupe owner, I cannot sit idly by while you flagrantly engage in Solstice abuse!
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I would argue that it may be better off in it's current cryogenically frozen state
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