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Discussion: Sorry to hear that. And tho...

in: Charlie; Charlie > 2020-08-07

Aug 7, 2020 4:21 PM # 
Sorry to hear that. And those power lines are dangerous enough that I'm guessing your resident expert electrician/arborist in not inclined to have a go. I guess your phone still works?
Aug 7, 2020 5:18 PM # 
I had been wondering about your power situation with all the fallen trees. Hope you, Zach and Rhonda are surviving OK. Didn’t you have a deer in your freezer? Our thoughts are with you.
Aug 7, 2020 5:23 PM # 
Our next door neighbor’s brother has been visiting due to the outage. He lives further along from you near the Devil’s Elbow.
Aug 7, 2020 5:25 PM # 
What you need is that old standby: "more power." Either that, or more cowbell.
Aug 7, 2020 5:52 PM # 
Well, we got more propane, which is not much help because the generator is not working. Cellphone works, but nothing else. Who’s your neighbor's brother?
Aug 7, 2020 6:24 PM # 
Our neighbor is Ken Tucker. Not sure of brother’s name.
Aug 7, 2020 6:50 PM # 
Is there gas in the generator?
Aug 7, 2020 7:29 PM # 
Love New England by candlelight! My cousin owns an unelectrified cottage out on Little Deer Isle in Maine. Watching dusk move in, and beginning to light kerosene lanterns and enjoying dinner by candlelight is magical...until you're asked to pump water for ten minutes to wash the pots and pans afterward!
Aug 7, 2020 7:31 PM # 
Cooking that dinner gets more complicated. No power means no well water, either.
Aug 7, 2020 7:41 PM # 
My cousin is quite the accomplished engineer in Boston. But he, and his forebears, have vigorously rejected modernization since the cottage was built 100 years ago. And have ingeniously designed a very comfortable weekend retreat, all with 18th century technology.
Aug 7, 2020 8:31 PM # 
If that's the way you have it set up, that's great. But when the power goes out, you can't just say "Oh boy, candlelight dinner!" if you don't have a stockpile of candles. Ratlum Mountain is bucolic, but definitely modern.
Aug 7, 2020 8:38 PM # 
We’ve been w/o power since Tuesday. Tree across wires on road below us. Our 4kw generator is treating us well but I make many trips to basement to rotate selected circuits. Had to drive to New Hartford to find gas, only premium at that. Not much gas in Canton and Avon, long lines, and all pumps filling red 5 gallon cans. All three donut stores I passed had drive through queues backed up to the highway.
Aug 7, 2020 11:48 PM # 
Power back on at 6:45 pm. Eversource guy in a bucket truck dismantled the offending hickory tree, then down to the junction at the road, a few twists and he was on his way and we had power. The generator guy is supposed to show up tomorrow, fat lot of good that does. Not sure why it takes so long for him to come. Not the way they had sold their service.
Aug 8, 2020 12:05 AM # 
Good for you, way up there in the hinterlands. We’re still out down here near near the center of town, and Eversource has marked us on their outage map as back online . Ain’t so.
Aug 8, 2020 12:17 AM # 
Call them. They are taking calls now. Hard to say, but I think my call to them this morning got things in motion. A few hours later a guy came on and looked at it, made no promises. When the guy with the truck and the saw finally showed up, it all happened fast.
Aug 8, 2020 2:56 PM # 
So I assume you have gas, be interesting to know why it quit.
Aug 8, 2020 3:45 PM # 
No gas involved. It runs on propane, and the tank is full. The guy came by today, said it probably needs brushes or something, but since our power is back he wasn't going to deal with it until he had dealt with the guys who are still without power. So I guess I'll find out more eventually. I think it was losing steam earlier in the day, because the AC stopped working. Just didn't have enough juice to push it, I guess. At that point, everything else seemed to be running ok, but we resolved not to use the oven, dryer, etc. We started turning stuff off, but by the time it finally quit it couldn't even run itself with the breaker turned off. It would start, run about 3 seconds, and then die.

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