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  1. I am new here. Should we stay here in intros or open a new site? Please advise, rancher. Off to bed now been a long day here getting work done to prepare. Good nite....
  2. Thank you for the response. When I refer to a total power grid shut down that includes pressurized public water off line, as they need electricity to run their pumps,land line telephones have a 48 hour battery back up and then they are dead. If you intend on drawing from a well you had better be sure your generator can take the surge and running load. Remember if on a well with no stored water, you will need to run that generator almost everytime you want water. So no water, no power no land lines and one must have power to recharge a cell phone (if they work) as the relay towers also require electricity to work. So you could really be in the dark...so to speak. Parts fro a generator repair (or anything) are not able to be ordered or delivered, no phone..no grid. If you intend on securing others propane tanks, how are you going to move them? Then hook them into your system? By the way 911 will not work as the phones are dead. Speak about fighting others if they hear your generator, they will. Sound attracts the desperate very quickly. It offers hope, food, shelter or plunder, rape and murder, either way one must take steps now to deal with that then. Do you have those steps layed out? To hook into a home etc. corretly and legally one must have a transfer switch if I am not mistaken. That takes you off public line to protect a repairman and to protect your generator. A generator exhuast can in most cases have an additional muffler system added to in or it can be piped into an insulated drum. If one does run a generator they should always have lookouts posted to watch for incoming people. Then the question comes up if/when they show up and want?? Do you give??? Will they take and go away or just stay? Or bring back others in great need and greater numbers? Once you open that door it opens countless possibilities. None usually end in a good deal for you. That includes staying alive. I have been with people at my home, who have gone through the generator situations and they stories they shared are scary. People also died. I am not in theory here, just fact. So anyway again a major grid down for a long time brings on a whole wagon of trouble and issues. Usually a 5,500 watt genset is bare minimum and it will not run a well that has a larger pump horse power rating. I think this topic might bare some more discussion. Do you agree? rancher
  3. OK I am back now. Let the dogs back into the other end of the house. I am asking a few questions to get to know more about your groups thinking and help refine our programs. Hope that is cool with you all? Questions on generators. When power grid fails... do you have a back up system? What is the wattage output? Is it tied into your entire network or must you plug each unit you wish to run into it? What make is it? Chinese/American? Can you get it repaired easily? What if you need it and it fails? How long do you intend on running it during a 24 hour period day after day, week after week and month after month. How much fuel have you set aside to do that? Up north here, solar is not developed enough and cheap enough to be considered a good standby by system during much of the year. We have it to a degree but not able to really run much for a real life support systems. We got 12' of snow last winter. Wind is great when it blows...but one must store the power, another big expense and has a real limited output back when calm. So we fall back on generators to run the place. How about you? Now a bit about me. I have seen tons of sights with opinons about this or that. ... Like some others, my time has value, so I don't deal with theory or ideas. I prefer to deal with ideas that have been put into manifistation with known applied results. Almost every system we have ever put in place has been run and testedfor extended periods of time. We know the abilities and what it can not do. So I guess in short I am looking for first hand applied knowledge. If we get any takers, I would be glad to enter in the exchanging of information and results. I hope this is not to blunt for some of you, but blogging for fun is not my thing. The sun is up and it is time to hit the ranch work list. Take care, rancher
  4. Hi. Thanks again. I will come back with a couple questions. My lovely wife just woke up below our bedroom loft. I am up there. I now get the pleasure of brewing some fresh starbucks coffee for her and serving it to her in bed. A daily treat I am allowed to do for her. What a cutie!!
  5. We thank you for your posts welcoming us. Glad to see some wine sippers out there. In our emergency food supply we are well stocked up on any varieties of "medicinal" supplements!!! I wished I could find a couple barrels like Jesus made. We settled for bottles. Oh well :). We were wondering if there was a "thread" or "forum" section here that dealt with what you all have done about some core items like generators/solar, fuel reserves, protecting what you have obtained, how you are protecting your loved ones in and during what could be a very ugly, long and desparate extended blackout during a crisis? We would be interested to know if this group has members that are well balanced in all areas of "survival"? We would like to exchange information on what some have actually done and share possible contacts for sources if either side needs those leads. Take care, rancher
  6. Hello out there. A member or your site referred us to you folks. We might do the ice tea thing around here after all the snow melts and it warms up some more. For now my lovely wife and I are enjoying the red and white wines. Call it tea if you wish to:). Hope to observe some and maybe throw in a comment here and there. take care, rancher
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