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Old 08-29-2011, 12:42 PM
 
Location: High Bridge, NJ
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Generally pictures of storm damage and impacts were pretty much limited to where the reporters were standing and some random photos. This time around the emphasis was very much placed on what regular people were reporting. It did two things IMO; it gave people a greater sense of the damage and it allowed you to see impacts on areas that are generally not covered at all by reporters.
I dunno-it was somewhat amusing to watch NJ Burkett (Channel 7) getting blown down the boardwalk on Long Island...
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Old 08-29-2011, 12:47 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Just talked to some of my old neighbors back in the Watchung mountains. Trees down, power lines down ( power might be back up in a week) No cell or land line service.

It's a good thing NJ doesn't get hurricanes I can't imagine what kind of damage that might cause.
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:00 PM
 
Location: High Bridge, NJ
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It's a good thing NJ doesn't get hurricanes I can't imagine what kind of damage that might cause.
I know right? I mean if they did the Delaware River might overflow it's banks and cause debris to slam into the bridges causing structural damage. Places like Bound Brook, Raritan, South River, the Brunswicks, Old Bridge, and others would be underwater. 800,000 people would be without power!!! Good thing...

Oh wait.

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Old 08-29-2011, 01:58 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I know right? I mean if they did the Delaware River might overflow it's banks and cause debris to slam into the bridges causing structural damage. Places like Bound Brook, Raritan, South River, the Brunswicks, Old Bridge, and others would be underwater. 800,000 people would be without power!!! Good thing...

Oh wait.

Did ya catch Christie's press conference where a reporter asked about the situation around the Delaware & he blew it off & then made smart-a$$ cracks how he was in Disney World during a nor'easter?
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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anyone have a generator? i am curious what type of generators people have and what kind of power they provide. it may be a good idea to have one in case there is a long term power outage. so far in 2 years in my community, ive lost power once for a few hours. nothing else more than maybe a few minutes. but i like to be prepared. i remember when the power went off a few hours, we went to my moms for dinner and a neighbor of hers had fired up a generator. it was pretty loud and ultimately for a few hours didnt seem to be a big pay off. but that guy is prepared for a longer term outage if needed.
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:32 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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anyone have a generator? i am curious what type of generators people have and what kind of power they provide. it may be a good idea to have one in case there is a long term power outage. so far in 2 years in my community, ive lost power once for a few hours. nothing else more than maybe a few minutes. but i like to be prepared. i remember when the power went off a few hours, we went to my moms for dinner and a neighbor of hers had fired up a generator. it was pretty loud and ultimately for a few hours didnt seem to be a big pay off. but that guy is prepared for a longer term outage if needed.
A whole house generating system costs big bucks. Aldi sells generators a couple of times a year. Having something to keep the refrigerator &/or freezer cycling at least for a while each day would be a help. As Ani said, cooking can always be done on a grill outside (well, if it's not in the middle of a nor'easter. . .) Keeping food in case of a long term power failure would be the most helpful reason to have a generator.
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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A whole house generating system costs big bucks. Aldi sells generators a couple of times a year. Having something to keep the refrigerator &/or freezer cycling at least for a while each day would be a help. As Ani said, cooking can always be done on a grill outside (well, if it's not in the middle of a nor'easter. . .) Keeping food in case of a long term power failure would be the most helpful reason to have a generator.
funny, i remembered i have seen aldi advertising generators. ill search my email for their old ads.

i would say my fridge/freezer and sump pump are probably the number 1 priority. then the air conditioning (dont want my daughter uncomfortable). if it was reasonable, i may be able to convince my mom to get the bigger generator and i can get a smaller one. i live in the same community so if she had power (or vice versa) we could use the others fridge/freezer and even stay in the other's home if it was uncomfortable.
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:43 PM
 
Location: High Bridge, NJ
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anyone have a generator? i am curious what type of generators people have and what kind of power they provide. it may be a good idea to have one in case there is a long term power outage. so far in 2 years in my community, ive lost power once for a few hours. nothing else more than maybe a few minutes. but i like to be prepared. i remember when the power went off a few hours, we went to my moms for dinner and a neighbor of hers had fired up a generator. it was pretty loud and ultimately for a few hours didnt seem to be a big pay off. but that guy is prepared for a longer term outage if needed.
I have a 4500W "jobsite" generator (like the ones contractors use at building sites with no power)-it's loud, uses a lot of gas, and I have to use extension cords to run the power into the house, but I got it for free (it wasn't running) so my investment was a few gaskets and a carburetor kit. It runs my freezer, refrigerator, and both sump pumps, and there's enough room left for a TV or radio. In the winter I use it to run the fan on my wood furnace too. IMHO the only way to go is a permanently connected propane or natural gas powered unit. First of all they are much quieter which makes a huge difference if you're running it hours on end. Second of all, you never have to worry about gas going bad, or having to run out to get it with a storm approaching when everyone else is doing the same. Third, if it's permanently connected you have the option of having it come on automatically in the event of an outage. With the hurricane approaching I stayed up basically all night because if I were to fall asleep and the power went out for a few hours, I'd wake up to soggy carpets and standing water in my basement. With an automatic transfer switch, a grid monitor, and a dedicated fuel supply, the generator can kick on when you're not even home. The big box stores do sell them but you're better off researching and going through either a local electrical contractor or an online company (Northern Tool, etc...) as the Depot and others tend to carry Generac and the lower quality units. Kohler is among the best you can buy.

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i would say my fridge/freezer and sump pump are probably the number 1 priority. then the air conditioning (dont want my daughter uncomfortable). if it was reasonable, i may be able to convince my mom to get the bigger generator and i can get a smaller one. i live in the same community so if she had power (or vice versa) we could use the others fridge/freezer and even stay in the other's home if it was uncomfortable.
If you have central air you could probably go with an 8kW and be able to run everything in your house including central air with no problem. If you wanted to prioritize a bit you could probably get away with a 6.5kW or 7kW.
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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First of all they are much quieter which makes a huge difference if you're running it hours on end. Second of all, you never have to worry about gas going bad, or having to run out to get it with a storm approaching when everyone else is doing the same. Third, if it's permanently connected you have the option of having it come on automatically in the event of an outage.
that sounds good. i like the quiet idea for a couple reasons. 1. less annoying 2. people know you have power they may come asking to use it. i dont mind helping out, but i cant be everyone's go to for power. the idea of hooking it up to my gas line sounds good also, i have that already for the grill.

so 8kw for it all, 6-7 for most. that was going to be my next question, because right now i have no clue what amount of watts would do what, thanks. looks like we may be talking about $2k. at this point, we dont have much history justifying it but id rather avoid having that history anyway.
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:48 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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funny, i remembered i have seen aldi advertising generators. ill search my email for their old ads.

i would say my fridge/freezer and sump pump are probably the number 1 priority. then the air conditioning (dont want my daughter uncomfortable). if it was reasonable, i may be able to convince my mom to get the bigger generator and i can get a smaller one. i live in the same community so if she had power (or vice versa) we could use the others fridge/freezer and even stay in the other's home if it was uncomfortable.
In case of a long-term power failure forget A/C. Remember, without electricity you can't buy fuel to feed the generator. A sump pump is reasonable & necessary. Keeping food & drink cold is good. A generator is to maintain the bare minimum, not to maintain a lifestyle.

Aldi usually sells generators in the spring & fall.
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