Winter Storm Ri...nah, naming winter storms sucks.

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Winter Storm Ri...nah, naming winter storms sucks.

#1 Post by Scott SNE Webmaster » 03 Mar 2018 21:17

My neighborhood got croaked by this storm, #3 on my all time list of bad ones since living at this address. The primary serving my street is on the ground and one half of a tree is upside down and in the wires, or what's left of them. There is no immediate indication of where this tree came from but it's resting place pretty much makes it likely that I won't have power for days. So my responses to any website related issues are going to be slow. Many people have had far worse results than my inconvenience but if anyone doesn't get a timely response to a question or inquiry this is why.

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#2 Post by garys » 03 Mar 2018 22:10

The whole naming winter storms thing is a publicity stunt by the Weather Channnel. It's really stupid, did I mention that? What's next, naming cloudy days?

Looks like we won't have power for a couple of days. Which is a bit perplexing as two streets over they have power and we didn't have any trees in our neighborhood come down. NatGrid says Tuesday late evening is when they expect to have power back.

Anyway, a generator and wiring is on the shopping list. Second over 24 hour outage in less than six months, so the bride says generator .

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#3 Post by NHdave » 04 Mar 2018 08:20

Agreed on the storm naming thing. We bought a doublewide over the summer. Will be getting a portable generator set up in spring, having an electrician come out and wire up the transfer switch and outside plug. Will be putting the generator in one of those small lockable outdoor garden storage sheds and installing a 110V exhaust fan with some fresh air intake vents, found the idea on youtube. Thought it would be easier than having to drag it out of the shed everytime we needed it and having to go out and clean the snow off it regularly during a storm.

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Re: Winter Storm Ri...nah, naming winter storms sucks.

#4 Post by trp » 04 Mar 2018 10:23

NHdave wrote:
04 Mar 2018 08:20
...Will be getting a portable generator set up in spring, having an electrician come out and wire up the transfer switch and outside plug...
If you haven't looked into it already, you might want to consider a Generator Interlock Kit as opposed to installing a transfer switch for your new generator. The interlock kit accomplishes the same thing as a transfer switch, meets the electrical code in most localities (check with your local building/electrical inspector beforehand to make sure) and is usually much more economical compared to installing and wiring a transfer switch. As an added bonus you can run any circuit in your house with an interlock kit (assuming your generator has enough capacity to run that circuit). With a transfer switch you are limited to powering just the circuits that were wired into it.

The interlock kit for my Crouse-Hinds electrical panel cost just $63 and it works perfectly. You are either hooked up to street power or to generator power depending on the position of the interlock. It's impossible to be hooked up to both at the same time with the interlock kit properly installed. That is the same function that a transfer switch provides but typically at a much higher purchase and installation cost.

Before purchasing my interlock kit I did a lot of research online. One interesting piece of information that I discovered was that some licensed electricians online admitted to ALWAYS initially proposing/recommending a transfer switch to generator customers. They would only mention the lower-cost interlock kit if the customer really balked at the high cost of the transfer switch. From what I read apparently there is much more of a profit margin for the electrician if a transfer switch is installed. FWIW let the buyer beware!

I purchased my interlock kit from GenInterlock.com (based in New Jersey) and all of their products are made in the USA and include FREE shipping. I found them to be very responsive and answer their emails very quickly if you had any questions that were not already answered on their website. Here's the link to their website if anyone is interested: https://www.geninterlock.com/
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#5 Post by NHdave » 04 Mar 2018 12:30

Thanks for that info, will definitely look into an interlock kit instead. I bought a Generac 5500W running genny, main concerns are fridge and oil furnace, along with the heat tape on the incoming water line underneath. Hopefully these are legal in NH, much cheaper than a transfer switch, and I'm supplying all the parts, electrician is just doing the work. Appreciate the heads up!

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#6 Post by ecps92 » 04 Mar 2018 14:52

For those still with power and scanning, lots of Canadian plates [Power Crews] in the Area.
Last few times I caught them, I was searching 162-174
Scott SNE Webmaster wrote:
03 Mar 2018 21:17
My neighborhood got croaked by this storm, #3 on my all time list of bad ones since living at this address. The primary serving my street is on the ground and one half of a tree is upside down and in the wires, or what's left of them. There is no immediate indication of where this tree came from but it's resting place pretty much makes it likely that I won't have power for days. So my responses to any website related issues are going to be slow. Many people have had far worse results than my inconvenience but if anyone doesn't get a timely response to a question or inquiry this is why.

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#7 Post by garys » 04 Mar 2018 18:41

No Canadian plates observed so far. NatGrid says that there are over 500 crews in the area for repairs. They seem to be doing temporary repairs to get people back on line, then will follow up with the permanent stuff when they can. Lots of tree crews in town, which is the first step to getting power restored. Tree crews doing their thing, then moving on, NatGrid showing up when they can.

We're supposed to have power back by midnight tonight according to their outage tracker. This morning it was Tuesday at midnight, so they updated sometime during the day. "Crew assigned" to our area, which is a good sign.

Still going to do the generator, though.

ecps92 wrote:
04 Mar 2018 14:52
For those still with power and scanning, lots of Canadian plates [Power Crews] in the Area.
Last few times I caught them, I was searching 162-174
Scott SNE Webmaster wrote:
03 Mar 2018 21:17
My neighborhood got croaked by this storm, #3 on my all time list of bad ones since living at this address. The primary serving my street is on the ground and one half of a tree is upside down and in the wires, or what's left of them. There is no immediate indication of where this tree came from but it's resting place pretty much makes it likely that I won't have power for days. So my responses to any website related issues are going to be slow. Many people have had far worse results than my inconvenience but if anyone doesn't get a timely response to a question or inquiry this is why.

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#8 Post by garys » 05 Mar 2018 22:05

I saw four trucks from "Service Electric Company" out of Chattanooga, TN in the parking lot of the Walmart on the west side of Brockton (Oak Street). I think some crews are starting to stand down as major outages have been restored.

Service Electric has an itinerant repeater license (FB2I) on 151.51250. FCC Callsign is WQPU927. They have a bunch of 151.xxx and 152.xxx frequencies.

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