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The Phone Booth / Generators
« Last post by CMDL_GUY on October 27, 2019, 05:08:13 PM »
I did not want to hijack the Dallas Tornado thread, but generators seem like a good topic for us to discuss.

Along with myself, many of us on this board are aging! I know I don't want to go out with a heart attack trying to start a damn generator :002:

I am in the process of replacing a few of my generators with new units which will have electric start.  :066:  I have purchased an inverter/generator with electric start rated at 3500 watts for the shop.  I decided to go with an inverter/generator at this location due to the large investment in amateur  radio equipment which needs to be protected with "clean" power.
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The Phone Booth / Re: Dallas tornado
« Last post by TexasTechnician on October 26, 2019, 10:04:44 PM »
Oh trust me Sam pipes do freeze her in Texas. Not every year but one time is one time too many.

Talking about generators: I have a 110 volt and a 220 volt that are gasoline ( Brigg's & Stratton ). My 110 is 38 years old according the serial number and I've got it running like a top after putting an electric ignition coil on it this Summer. My 220 is in my shop in East Texas and I have not started it in a couple of years. We only use it for arc welding in the field and we haven't had to do that in a few years but I really need to get it ready.
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The Phone Booth / Re: Dallas tornado
« Last post by silversam on October 26, 2019, 09:43:31 AM »
Trace -

I've experienced a couple of power outages over the years here in NYC. Some minor  (a couple of hours) some major (a couple of days) and after Hurricane Sandy (where I did NOT lose power) I considered getting a generator. I've already got Natural gas coming into the house and I've got a small backyard so it seemed like a no brainer.

Then I thought how often I've actually lost power for more than a few hours. (Twice) Over how many years (45) and decided I had better things to spend my money on.

I did advise my friends who live half the year in Maine and they wound up with a Propane generator that they use (more than) several times a year. Sometimes several times a month - especially in Winter, even if they're not there - it kicks in automatically and keeps the boiler running and the pipes from freezing. Not something I imagine you'd worry about in Texas :066:.

Sam
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The Phone Booth / Re: Dallas tornado
« Last post by MacGyver on October 23, 2019, 06:52:58 PM »
Bobby, I think that's what happened up there as well because that ISP was dead city wide.

Sam this particular location is currently gasoline, but it's because it was originally a stop-gap.  If I were to stay here, it would get upgraded next year and be propane just because there is no natural gas over here.  Wherever I move, the new system will be propane from the start unless natural gas is available which is the out of the park home-run.
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The Phone Booth / Re: Dallas tornado
« Last post by TexasTechnician on October 22, 2019, 11:53:33 PM »
One of my locations about an hour NE of you lost the main data pipe.  No internet that direction, but then again they don't even get Saturday Night Live until Tuesday.


Yeah, what was so strange for me was my Internet went out yesterday morning long after the storm had passed. It was my ISP's link they said.

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The Phone Booth / Re: Dallas tornado
« Last post by silversam on October 22, 2019, 10:57:15 PM »
Glad you're all well. Stay healthy!

Trace - What does your generator run on? Propane? Natural Gas? Diesel? Gasoline?

If it's not piped in Natural Gas (or Diesel, I guess), I would worry like hell about storage.

Sam
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Antique Telephones / Some of My 500 series Telephones
« Last post by Southernphonemans Telecom on October 22, 2019, 05:10:46 PM »
I would like to put an image of some telephones but am unsure of how to do it, can someone please instruct? thank you
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The Phone Booth / Re: Amateur Radio License
« Last post by MacGyver on October 21, 2019, 08:31:54 PM »
Thanks was going to get a cyphering.


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The Phone Booth / Re: Dallas tornado
« Last post by MacGyver on October 21, 2019, 08:28:00 PM »
Hey gang.

3 of them went over us.  As soon as I could hear the sirens east of me instead of west I knew they were on the other side.  We were on backup generator for about 24 hours which isn't unusual at all, but we're back up.

Glad to hear you're okay, Bobby.  One of my locations about an hour NE of you lost the main data pipe.  No internet that direction, but then again they don't even get Saturday Night Live until Tuesday.

I understand Gov. Abbott declared Paris a disaster area.  My first thought was, before or after the storm?
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The Phone Booth / Re: Dallas tornado
« Last post by Keighlar on October 21, 2019, 07:31:05 PM »
Trace is good, but he's been without power. I'm sure he'll check in as soon as he has a moment to sit down. 
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