This update will, ghods willin’ and the krik don’t rise, end our saga with the power outage of June 2008.
About 5:45 PM…. DTE flipped the switch and… FWOOM! Power was back!
After making sure it was nice and stable, I started undoing the stuff I’d set up… beginning with the not-UL-approved string of extension cords I intended to power K’s work computer setup (thus making it possible for her to work at home tomorrow and not go to the office, something she hates) *and* the bedroom TV setup because I was going through withdrawl (and it doesn’t suck as much juice as the main AV setup in the living room).
Fridge status: milk, eggs, Miracle Whip, all purchased last week to replace that lost in Tuesday’s brownout: gone. Ice cream: gone. Ice in icemaker tray: gone. Everything else: just fine.
I love my generator. It ran about 22 hours straight at one point, and one 3.7 gallon fillup was good for ~18 hours of operation at our operating point this time around. I checked the oil before I started it back up this afternoon and it hadn’t used a drop. Ever. As long as I’ve had it (since 1999). It’ll get a long-overdue oil change soon as a reward.
That said, I’ve started poking around for an automatic, whole-house stand-by generator set. I have some connections to play with there.
And… if your LJ user id is “havepower”, you’ve been blocked from spamming my blog and reported to LJ. I also have your IP, and your provider is being notified. Try it again from a different handle, and I’ll make you even more miserable by turning your spamming ass over to some folks I know who have no bag limit on their spammer hunts…