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How fragile it all really is.

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Old news.

I have spent my life working on the valves, pipes, and switches that keep your lights on faucets running.

Enjoy it while it works because every year there is less funding for maintenance and repairs.

The problems are far worse on the east coast where some of it was built in the 40`s and 50`s.


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I guess the big question is Why are key components of our infrastructure being made overseas.
 
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The sad thing is that you can hugely improve your ability to weather an event like this with just modest effort and expense. It's not like you need a hardened bunker with ten years of supplies. A few will learn and be ready the next time. More will learn, but will dump all the stuff or let it go unmaintained by the time this happens again. And most won't do anything and will suffer again. There is something to be said for living in a place where things break all the time. It forces a bit more discipline.
 
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The sad thing is that you can hugely improve your ability to weather an event like this with just modest effort and expense. It's not like you need a hardened bunker with ten years of supplies. A few will learn and be ready the next time. More will learn, but will dump all the stuff or let it go unmaintained by the time this happens again. And most won't do anything and will suffer again. There is something to be said for living in a place where things break all the time. It forces a bit more discipline.
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I have my eye on a Duramax 15000 Watt generator. I’ll use my income tax refund to cover it. It will handle full house but is portable for use elsewhere if necessary.

Storing gas or propane may be a issue for over three days need, but it is what it is.

Might even loosen up some of my stingy-bitch funds to go full solar. Or both solar and generator. Should I do that, it makes everyone else, even you, safer, because when I prep for anything, nothing ever really occurs. Hence, everyone is safe.

And, you can thank me later should I do this.


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If you are going to get a big generator, propane is a much better option. It is a lot easier to store a bunch of propane than gas and it doesn't go bad. We have a big propane generator to run the well, with a 250 gallon tank. That is enough for months of well use. For household needs, if you don't need to run electric heat or other big loads, smaller is usually better. A 1500 watt generator meets all of our needs and a little fuel lasts a long time.
 
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If you are going to get a big generator, propane is a much better option. It is a lot easier to store a bunch of propane than gas and it doesn't go bad. We have a big propane generator to run the well, with a 250 gallon tank. That is enough for months of well use. For household needs, if you don't need to run electric heat or other big loads, smaller is usually better. A 1500 watt generator meets all of our needs and a little fuel lasts a long time.


The one I mentioned runs on both propane and gasoline. Is that okay too?

Thanks for your reply.


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Yep. On the dual fuel types, it is generally best if you never run gas in it, since the impurities in gas inevitably gum up the carb and that is the most common reason why they don't start when you need them. Running propane only, the carb stays nice and clean. Then you just have to start it up often enough to keep it polarized.
 
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500 gallon propane tanks sell around here for about $500.00 used. 1,000 gallon tanks command premium prices. Last time I checked almost 2 Grand. I have one 1,000 and one 500 hooked in tandem. For portable uses on grills, whatever I have one 30" and a half dozen 20# ones. I also have one of those filler devices to refill those little tanks like you use on a camp stove. I have 5 buildings to worry about and this system can keep us going for several months so long as we run the big generator 3-4 times a day or so to power the furnaces,pumps,freezers, refridgrators, etc. In 30 years we have had a ton of outages. Most only last a day or two but we had two dandies that lasted over a week each. Saved our bacon.

Years back we ran some "drills" to see just how long the fuel would last in a real SHTF scenario. We ran the generator for about 45 minutes 3-4 times a day. During the time we were electrified we did our laundry, took showers, did the dishes, etc. This also ran our irrigation system to the lawns and garden. This also worked just fine to insure our fridges and freezers kept stuff cold. At the same time the system recharged a battery bank hooked up to a 1,500 watt inverter that was set up to run stuff like our TV and electronic toys. Those drills taught us that we could last about 6 months on our load of fuel. In a real pinch you can downsize the amount of time you run the generators.




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Next Shortage - Propane fridges and freezers. I chucked our old Servel a few years ago. Just plain wore out and you cannot get parts anymore. Talking with the wife and we are pricing them out. Nice affordable units out there now and still available. Thinking about ordering one up. I would miss my ice in my cocktails in the event the grid went down for a long time.




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Yep. On the dual fuel types, it is generally best if you never run gas in it, since the impurities in gas inevitably gum up the carb and that is the most common reason why they don't start when you need them. Running propane only, the carb stays nice and clean. Then you just have to start it up often enough to keep it polarized.


Great info! Didn’t know but makes perfect sense now that you mentioned it.


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