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Offline t00nces2

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Re: Survival Was Harder Than I Thought.
« Reply #30 on: September 20, 2017, 02:44:03 PM »
The reason this has been talked about here is that you raised the question as to what would happen in a LONGER power outage or SHTF.

There is nothing wrong with you or your neighbors deciding to spend gas on cooling when you knew it was short term. You asked, what if it was longer or a SHTF ? And, the answer is that you cant have airconditioners running 24 hours a day off of generators in everybodies separate houses longer term.

Carl Lives down south were it is hot and muggy, like you do. The people I linked the quotes from Live in Florida and had power out from these storms, just as you did. These folks seem to be saying that making do with fans to sleep at night is quite doable and makes the gas last a whole lot longer.

Yes, a longer time would be handled a bit differently. My point was more that in a TEOTWAWKI, gas would not last very long. There are difficulties associated with heat that limit the effectiveness of some of the methods of preparation. My main reason for the post was that my preparation was to have a small gen to run and eke gas and I wound up letting a neighbor use it to help get them through the trouble.
I knew on September 11, 2001 by 9:30 AM EDT that my life would probably not be as comfortable as it had been thus far, but it was definitely going to be more interesting.

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Re: Survival Was Harder Than I Thought.
« Reply #31 on: September 20, 2017, 03:37:07 PM »
  Good for you and the neighbor. Perhaps you can suggest a place where he can buy his own generator and help him out again....Here on the forum a post can often get torn apart like chum on the water with well intentioned advise.
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Re: Survival Was Harder Than I Thought.
« Reply #32 on: September 21, 2017, 10:51:11 AM »
Considered a chain and believe I came up with a way to secure the gen that was more secure. I looped 3/16 steel cable over on itself and made it short enough the gen could not be moved more than a few inches from the hurricane rated garage door. Nearly impossible to cut and if someone wanted to work on it around a 300 degree running generator, they were VERY determined people. I also hooked up a light like Jack has highlighted as an item of the day that comes on if the power goes off and pointed it right at my face as I slept. The power goes off, the light blares in my face to let me know the power has failed, the pistol is kept right at the nightstand and I can go outside in noticed.



FWIW, That attachment isn't very secure. Someone with an impact driver and nut driver could have that tap-con out in a matter of seconds. And with the generator running, no one would notice the noise of the impact.

I would look at a different means of attaching the anchor to the concrete.
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Re: Survival Was Harder Than I Thought.
« Reply #33 on: September 21, 2017, 02:35:30 PM »
FWIW, That attachment isn't very secure. Someone with an impact driver and nut driver could have that tap-con out in a matter of seconds. And with the generator running, no one would notice the noise of the impact.

I would look at a different means of attaching the anchor to the concrete.

The generator was on one side of the garage door and the anchor was on the other. You can see the garage door seat that runs between the gen and the anchor. With the garage door open, the difficulty removing the cable would be significantly reduced.
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Re: Survival Was Harder Than I Thought.
« Reply #34 on: September 21, 2017, 02:54:07 PM »
The generator was on one side of the garage door and the anchor was on the other. You can see the garage door seat that runs between the gen and the anchor. With the garage door open, the difficulty removing the cable would be significantly reduced.

Not too bad for security as nothing beats a motion lamp and some kind of leash to give the owner time to load the house gun.
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If you had only one year,one month,or one day...Would you live your life differently?

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Re: Survival Was Harder Than I Thought.
« Reply #35 on: September 22, 2017, 10:08:10 AM »
The generator was on one side of the garage door and the anchor was on the other. You can see the garage door seat that runs between the gen and the anchor. With the garage door open, the difficulty removing the cable would be significantly reduced.

Yes, that would help. Good thinking.
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Re: Survival Was Harder Than I Thought.
« Reply #36 on: September 25, 2017, 05:26:57 AM »
At times we take things for granted and are surprised when they are more difficult than we thought.  As many in Florida discovered the simple resource of gasoline that we take for granted became scarce when just driving north through the state during Irma. 
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Re: Survival Was Harder Than I Thought.
« Reply #37 on: September 25, 2017, 08:17:16 AM »
  If you want to try out a SHTF, then you might want to help out the Red Cross. They are asking for 50 hams, general class or higher to work up to 3 weeks in PR. Then you see whats needed in the real thing. I just wish I could go, but with my health I be one of the problems.