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Posted on 05/13/2012 3:20:10 PM PDT by Kartographer
I am a deputy sheriff in Louisiana and patrol primarily on the night shift. A few nights ago my shift was alerted that the main city in our parish was under a complete "black out", meaning a total loss of ALL electricity. The reason for the blackout was unknown but the repercussions were great. The power stayed out for a mere hour and a half, but that was all it took to cause chaos all throughout the city. In this hour and a half multiple shootings occurred, multiple wrecks occurred on the highways and city streets, and multiple stores and businesses were broken into and looted due to security systems malfunctioning. All within that small hour and a half. It really shows how fragile the order in our cities hangs in the balance. People who would probably have been watching television or engaging in other peaceful activities, were gathering in the streets starting fights. All because the lights and tv turned off. Wow. Only a handful of people had nothing to worry about because they were prepared with a few necessities such as: flashlights, food, water, protection (I.e. Rifle, handgun, or shotgun).
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A solution sometimes called water glass. Sodium silicate. I'm not a fan of it. It changes the characteristics of the egg. But it does work. Easier to have chickens and electric lights during the winter to keep them laying.
That technique was primarily used when chickens were raised during spring through fall, and most slaughtered for winter, with a few left over to make a new flock the next year.
We have several generators but we’ve never used any of them for a power outage, believe it or not we just don’t think about it. Around here it goes out for a few minutes up to 3 or 4 hours but I guess we’re optimists and just keep thinking it will come back on soon.
I keep bottled water for those occasions and enough water in jugs in the house for a few flushes but we have never had it go out over about 6 hours.
Speaking of lard... anyone have any idea how long an unopened factory sealed bucket of it is good for?
But with as many wild pigs as we have here in Texas, I'm not going to worry about storing manteca.
Anybody in the Houston area who wants to order long term storage food with me from www.waltonfeed.com?
I order a pallet about once a year now. You can get natural, non-GMO grains, beans, etc. as well as excellent Idaho honey. With a grain mill and a few buckets of grain you will have the calories to last through months of shortages.
Some of their grains and such are packaged to last many decades if you keep them indoors.
I have a forklift and place to ship them. We all save on shipping by buying in bulk.
Seems like a fine way to assemble a group of Freeper preppers.
Get eggs fresh and “uncleaned”. Store in a cool dry place and only clean off the feathers, chicken poop, etc as you need to use them.
They will keep for months.
“but this one can be hooked in parallel with another for 2kW is you had to have that. “
Do not do that - if they get out of phase, you will fry everything.
My company actually tried to invent a device to allow that behavior - two multi-million-dollar labs went down in flames.
If there truly is a food shortage I will be out on the corner selling bread and beans. Hungry kids eat free, but their imprudent parents will have to sign an IOU.
I will take payment in trades such such as gasoline, ammo, metals, and labor.
If the water goes off, I will organize the well digging and water filtration/treatment.
If security is a problem, I will organize all of the armed citizens into a block militia.
Bugging out to the woods is not my style. I will stay and help while fighting if necessary.
Johnny, I love you, man, but BS.
Generators are still, to this day, isolated, “bolted” in phase (and I mean with hardware bolts), or phase-controlled by humans.
Or if you have a way around that, you might wish to sell it to the US...
For a few billion dollars.
Totally agree. I think community organization will be the most important thing.
Finding out and organizing peoples skills, if it means well digging, then people better be ready to pickup a shovel.
The main thing will be nobody gets a free ride. Nobody.
Just like that sign in a bar...
“Whiners will be shot!”
When the hurricane/storm knocks out our power, we talk with neighbors. As time goes on we get closer. Happened after hurricane wilma.
It's not your grandfather's genset.
Your milage may vary. I am, after all, just a cook.
They want a good chunk of change for that cable, as well as another 1$k for the 2nd generator. Cannot imagine needing 2kw, so no way for me. Merely interesting as the cost for higher capacity generators climbs fairly quick, and portability declines in pace.
Really low voltage running backwards through an inverter? Try it with 440’s running off two out-of-phase engines.
I am telling you, we tried it - and we blew the building up. Twice.
Sudden dissemambly of the entrire facility.
The safety precautions on the second genset were funny - concrete walls, a blow-out-roof, etc., etc.,...
Alas, it turned out to be necessary. The sucker is probably still in low-earth orbit.
I guess that you are thinking of the 12-volt capacitor pack that powers a laptop - like a Dell. Plug it in anywhere, it works.
Well, guess what. That technolnology is not scalable to useful sizes.
And, to be honest, I was the one pushing for it. THIS technology will save soooo many lives...
Only it could not be done.
Too small to be of use. Although, I am interested in their phase control algorithm...
You aren't listening. It's an inverter genset. 12VDC into an inverter that can sync with another.
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