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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. :yesnod:
https://www.sealskincovers.com/index.php/seal-skin-trade-5l-car-cover-434098.html?make=pontiac&type=5l&model=solstice

https://www.weathertech.com/pontiac/2009/solstice/sunbrella/car-cover-bodystyle-option/coupe/

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 flagrantly engage in Solstice abuse!
This is unacceptable, buy a outdoor car cover ASAP. :yesnod:
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!
This is unacceptable, buy a outdoor car cover ASAP. <img src="http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/images/smilies/yesnod.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Yesnod" class="inlineimg" />
I would argue that it may be better off in it's current cryogenically frozen state
LOL!!! 🤣🤣🤣
 

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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 :thumbs:

BTW, I really need to break down and buy a CarHart snowsuit.
Chop save your money I have Dickies insulated bib overalls and insulated coveralls that I purchased over 30 years ago ( I worked outside every day of the year no matter what the weather ) still have them and they have held up through all my abuse and a much better price than Carhartt . As for the cover they make some pretty good all weather covers I have a Covercraft on the Solstice very well made and fit they also made covers specifically for cars parked outside . Columbia Station Ohio -5 real feel -36 Just thought about this why not a portable car garage ? Harbor Freight sells these things in different sizes and they are pretty reasonable . The nice thing about them is because they are portable you should not have to have a building permit to erect one on your property .I had one at the old house for years they have a metal frame and a heavy duty tarp type cover with a zippered front for access .What I did in the winter was purchase 6 sand tubes (the things you get to put in the trunk or bed of a pick up for winter traction ) and secured them to the bottom of the frame in all the bad winters I had this thing it stayed up and keep my Lincoln from being exposed to the weather
 

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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.
Found this:
When you park your car in the garage, even if it isn't heated, the slush can melt from the heat of the engine. The water that results from the melted slush increases the rust-causing properties of the salt. That can lead to more rust damage than if the car remained outside.
 

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This is unacceptable, buy a outdoor car cover ASAP.
I did buy one after I purchased the coupe, knowing that I wouldn't be driving it everyday. I do drive the coupe all year (StingYa has already chastised me for it here in NEO) so it's hard to cover it when the weather is this way. I prefer to cover it clean and dry but since it sits outside it isn't ready for covering all the time. We only have a 1-1/2 car garage. My wife's car and my 2 Harley's occupy it from Oct/Nov until Apr/May. Her car sits outside when the weather is better and I move my '71 Spitfire in so I can continue to restore it. The Spitfire in now next to the garage under multiple tarps (and snow). The coupe get's covered when it's possible or when riding weather arrives.

Both of the Sol's I've owned have been used and abused (before I owned them), not pristine like many on the forum own. I try to take care of it as well as I can so it will be around for a while. I'd still have the 07 Sly if # 171 hadn't shown up at a dealer 3 miles from my home. I feel very privileged to be the owner of a coupe and will take care of it the best that I can.
 

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Yippee! They are predicting snow for Western Washington State. Forcast say Monday, then Tuesday, now anytime between Sunday through Tuesday.

Must be nice being a weatherman. Make weather predictions, change them, be wrong, blame the unpredictable weather, get paid, start over. This late in January, it will be a marginal, 1 to 2 inches, if any.
 

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Got 1/2" of snow on Monday. Woo hoo.

Drove around today topless. Temperature was 21°F , 1/2" snow on the sides of road, pavement was dry.

Heater worked well.

We are expecting 4 to 12 inches of snow over the weekend and gusts to 60 here in Western Washington State.

I'll believe it when I wake up on Saturday, look out the window and see snow. Weather people go crazy with snow predictions around here. They get a lot more attention and viewership when snow is expected so they tend to exaggerate forcasts in order to get more air time.

Anything over 4 inches is very rare here. Maybe once every 6 to 8 years. Traffic will be gridlocked and AWD vehicles will be in ditches and left parked on the side of the road. School and businesses close, power outages for 5 to 7 days, pure bedlam.

We are ready. Loaded up on food, beverages and propane for the generator.
 

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People here in Washington State are going crazy with the threat of snow.

There are pictures on the web showing empty grocery store shelves.

My wife was at Costco and she saw many customers with carts piled high with essentials.

We rarely get a significant amount of snow so people here are not used to it so they panic.

The weathermen and news people don't help the situation either with their exaggerated forecasts.
 

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You haven't figured out yet that the weathermen work for the grocery stores?

Store has an overstock of milk and toilet paper, so it calls the weatherman. Weatherman predicts snow and the overstock disappears.
 
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