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IReallyLikePizza2

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I think everything is done at my house apart from getting the fences fixed permanently, putting some root growth hormone fertilizer on the trees and fixing my gable walls so they don't leak, all of which are future tasks.

Loaned out my portable 8.25kw Champion generator to a neighbor who ran it for 20 hours. Magnetic spark plug got a lot of junk! Still low hour so its probably still in the break-in phase

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Changed the oil out for 15W-40 when I got it back, much better for this hot weather. I suspect I'll loan it out again this storm or at least this summer

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Also went and deployed 20 x 10 Port USB Charging stations, and a multi-bay secured USB Charging dock at a community center. It was PACKED to the gills with people cooling off and looking to charge devices

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Saw T-Mobile out there with some of their trucks

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Cool T-Mobile truck also (Note Starlink on the roof, because T-Mobile cell service is down :rofl:)

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Something I bought for my preps just because its a super handy item is these Nite Ize CamJam tie downs. They just seem like they could be useful for nearly anything. Sure enough, they were very handy for securing my trees.


Another item is these ground anchor screws, again just seemed like something with a million uses that I might need


They came in very handy for securing my trees! If only I'd done this BEFORE the storm, huh? Next time I guess

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The cord is paracord, I mounted a 1000ft spool in my garage with some scrap pipe, just so I can easily get access to it

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I've had very good luck with the ryobi 18v inverter. You can charge a LOT of cell phones from a single 18v 4-6ah battery.

If you get the 'top' version it also have usb-c PD.
 
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I lost power at 7:35am on Monday. Still no power. Went to the storage yard on Monday hoping they had opened the gate before losing power. Nope. But they had it opened early Tuesday. Brought the motorhome to the house and ran an extension cord to the refrigerator and the freezer in the house. Running off the generator in the motorhome. Got both down to proper temps in a few hours. Been monitoring the temps of the cords and so far no issues.

Spent the night in the motorhome since it has AC and TV. And we are now hanging out in there since it is cool.

No real damage otherwise. But there is real damage in the areas around us.

Seriously considering a whole house gas generator. Should have gotten one last year when there were no storms in the area.
 

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Man sorry to hear that. I'm surprised at the damage, flooding I'm seeing reported. I mean its not like it was the first Cat 1 to come through Houston. Seriously we dont even do any extra stocking up for Cat1's.

Musta had a lot of smaller vortices/'naders in the bands?
 

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Texas (Houston) must have some shitty power delivery or just a non-hardened power network in general. Here in PCB FL we laugh at Cat1s. All our wooden power poles have been replaced with concrete poles. It’s been ongoing for the last 5-6 years since Hurricane Michael. Maybe the power would be out in sporadic areas but not city wide here for this many days for such a small hurricane.

Saying that, I just threw down $11k for a Generac 24kW I may never use! Pics tomorrow!
 

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I lost power at 7:35am on Monday. Still no power. Went to the storage yard on Monday hoping they had opened the gate before losing power. Nope. But they had it opened early Tuesday. Brought the motorhome to the house and ran an extension cord to the refrigerator and the freezer in the house. Running off the generator in the motorhome. Got both down to proper temps in a few hours. Been monitoring the temps of the cords and so far no issues.

Spent the night in the motorhome since it has AC and TV. And we are now hanging out in there since it is cool.

No real damage otherwise. But there is real damage in the areas around us.

Seriously considering a whole house gas generator. Should have gotten one last year when there were no storms in the area.
You lost it a few hours after me, been on generator ever since. Longest outage I've ever experienced! Honestly this whole situation has completely 100% cemented my existing view that you just NEED a standby generator if you live somewhere near the gulf. I would have been MISERABLE without power this whole time

PS. We had no cell service until last night. Had to drive a few miles north to get emails and text messages.
T-Mobile in this area seems like a total loser. Verizon seems to be working good so far, so thats good. I'm still running on my Verizon 5G Home Internet, and its working alright. Big props to that at just $25/mo. But I am thinking of getting Starlink instead

Man sorry to hear that. I'm surprised at the damage, flooding I'm seeing reported. I mean its not like it was the first Cat 1 to come through Houston. Seriously we dont even do any extra stocking up for Cat1's.

Musta had a lot of smaller vortices/'naders in the bands?
Something was different for sure. I keep checking to see if NOAA might upgrade it after the fact. Massive damage. Largest power outage in Houston History. But CenterPoints incompetence didn't help either, I have some stories I'll share soon

Texas (Houston) must have some shitty power delivery or just a non-hardened power network in general. Here in PCB FL we laugh at Cat1s. All our wooden power poles have been replaced with concrete poles. It’s been ongoing for the last 5-6 years since Hurricane Michael. Maybe the power would be out in sporadic areas but not city wide here for this many days for such a small hurricane.

Saying that, I just threw down $11k for a Generac 24kW I may never use! Pics tomorrow!
Both! Power is a mess here. Can't wait to see the pics!
 

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We were without juice for 8 days back in the 2017 hurricane. Saving grace was our Internet/cable was all underground and we never lost that. I put 140 hours on the then new Generac 10,000/8500 portable but we had a disconnect switch and plug (30amp if I recall right) outside by the breaker panel so it was an easy couple of flicks of switches to be up and running. $1250 I think I paid for that unit, I still have it and ran it two hours a few weeks ago when the power company replaced a few poles in the neighborhood.

I couldn't run my central air or pool pump (without shutting down other stuff) but everything else within reason. Had a window unit for a "cool room" and gave the Gernerac a rest between 6am and noon each day. It worked out well. Still wish Id had the whole house unit, but $10,000-$20,000 depending on what you do and having only lost power that one time for more than a day in 20 years, its a tough call.
 
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Our next door neighbor with three kids gave up this afternoon and bugged out to her parents' house in San Antonio.

Up here in the northern part of Harris County there are no stations selling gas today. The ones open yesterday have sold all their fuel, except diesel.
 
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