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Author Topic: Greetings from Frozen Oklahoma, and a question about genset diesel thirst  (Read 2315 times)
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« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2007, 07:48:59 PM »

Just think about it winter is not here yet. Here in Scottsdale the temperature was in the low 60s today and the people are wrapped up like its  -20 and I thought about what would they do if it was cold and ice everywhere with no power like the people in the mid west
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« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2007, 07:58:40 PM »

Christy, I'd suggest getting Larry in the bus and make an early Arcadia trip!   Cliff's got room for you.  I'm thinking about retiring in Florida.  At Cliff and Julie's place.  Backyard living at it's best!  We'll pick a little music...drink NCBobs Kronies!  Whatta plan! Cliff and Julie don't know about the 'plan' yet...details eh?  Grin
I've felt your pain with the ice thing.  MAJOR bummer! 
We got a well...3 of the damned things...and a generator that runs them.   Have to make treks down to the genset twice a day to refuel. 
Can't afford those nice big diesel gensets that people in Oklahoma have!  Not even the ones that don't run!  Wink
Ya'll are getting dumped on with weather.   If I recall, you drove back thru the same crap after leaving Arcadia last year.   After a major hitch redesign...you have all the fun.
What are the roads like out there?  All iced up?
Hate to offer this, but our weather all week has been in the upper 70s--low 80s.   We can't buy rain here in North Carolina....or ice.   
Hope you get a shower soon!  Take Larry with you!  Saves water!    If the bus isn't winterized, warm that puppie up and take a shower in there!  That new tile shower in 'Tempbus' needs some action!     
Keep us posted on the 'big' generator situation.  Tell Larry to prime that sucker.  Don't reckon someone stole your fuel?  That's been a big problem since fuel prices escalated.   Larry will fix it! Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2007, 08:34:20 PM »

We sure would LOVE to go to Arcadia, but we've got a committment for a wedding December 29, so it's just not going to happen this year.  And, yes, it was a narly ice storm that hit us on the way home last year, stranding us in Dallas for a few extra days of shopping. . I mean, "waiting" for a few extra days, Wink

The roads were icy when the storm first hit. . . and we have a 450' "ski slope" up to our shop, so we called the guys on Sunday and told them to stay home.  Things sort of went downhill from there! Tongue 

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If the bus isn't winterized, warm that puppie up and take a shower in there!
The problem is, well, or actually, "lack of" well. . . no water to fill the bus!  TempBus hides in Larry's shop over here, so we don't have to winterize it.  On the other hand, we didn't have an exhaust tap in the garage door near the generator exhaust, which was going to be a necessity, as we were NOT about to pull TempBus out from it's safe hosue.  So in the middle of the falling sleet, Larry drilled a hole in the garage door, and then in the "not sleet anymore, but more like rain", I ran out and shoved the port through the door. 

I then risked the potential for severe bodily damage and scrambled up the icy ramps to the storage trucks to find a plethora of various metal fittings to build a fancy-dancy exhaust hose to try to get rid of  as  much of the carbon-monoxide laden exhaust as absolutely possible.  Thank GOD for foil tape is all I can say! 

Did I forget to mention that there's a whole 12-14" of space between the bus and the wall, so that I had to choose between shimmying 30' down the side of the bus, or running around around the outside of the building, braving sleet and rain, and coming through the door over close to the exhaust.  Also, those darn outlets and conduit clamps will hook on any and every pocket, belt loop, etc. on your clothing! 

After shimmying my 30', I then had to slither down and crouch, half turned, as I worked on my exhaust contraption.  It was either that, or work with my hind-end sticking out the garage door, and, well, it was COLD out there!  Oh, and YES, the generator has been running the whole time, so it was gloves any time I needed to touch any metal, then try to peel the tape backing off, remove the gloves, peel the backing, put the gloves back on, apply the tape, try to peel another one, $#!%!  TAKE THE GLOVES OFF, PEEL THE TAPE, PUT THE GLOVES ON. . .well, you get the picture.

The GOOD news is, late this afternoon, Larry got old ginny up and running again.  He had bought this old generator at an auction, years ago, but it had a bad motor.  Then, a couple of years later, he bought a motor at another auction. . .then, a year or two ago, he coupled the two together, but never really used it or did anything with it, just parked it at the other shop.  Well, Monday, he brought it over to our place, "Just in case", and, well, you know the rest of the story! 

Today, he pulled the fuel filters, and as he suspected, the fuel pump pre-filter was full of rust and junk.  Ginny simply ran herself out of diesel!  He replaced both the pre-filter and the regular filters, and when we left the office, we drug her back down to the house with us. 

Aaaahhh, needless to say, the first thing we did was jump in the shower "just in case".  I called my Mom, telling her that if she wanted a shower, she'd better get over here quickly and be ready to step in as we stepped out.  Sure enough, she high-tailed it over here, as sponge baths were not her idea of a good time either.  We shared a hot cup of coffee, and she headed back to the other shop, proud of her own little generator which has been purring like a kitten for several days now.  We agreed that as much as we'd like to gripe, we're very lucky to have heat and even SOME power, and that we can stay in our own homes.

Well, great, the news just said, "Another snow storm BARRELING our way!"  They are down to only 400,000 people in Oklahoma without power now. . .wow!  ha ha.  So, I guess that is a good indication that we may be running ole "Ginny" quite a while!  Larry just laughed and said, "You know, I figured with us having two different utility companies serving us at this place. . .well, you'd think ONE of them would have gotten us up and going!" 

JR, I'll give you that one, "Larry will fix it", yep, I say it over and over, "Even if I DIDN'T adore him, I'd keep him around, 'cause Larry can fix everything!" Wink  Christy Hicks  in


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OOOOOOOOOOOOklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plain. . . . Grin darn you Dallas!  Now I can't get rid of that tune!  Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2007, 05:20:33 AM »

Hmmm, woke up this morn, opened one eye. . peered out. . YEEEESSS! The clock is still on!   Grin Grin  We have lights, we have tv, and most importantly, WE HAVE COFFEE!  Genny, I LOVE YOU!

The drawback is, well, the stupid exercise bike ALSO has power. . so I've got no excuse to stay off of it like I have since the beginning of this ordeal.  Oh well, at least I can flush EVERY SINGLE TIME now! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy  Christy
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« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2007, 06:02:45 AM »

Christy, isn't it amazing the little things we take for granted, like flushing? 

Why not get a battery, hook it up to the TV or computer an the other end to your bike.  Then you can let Larry peddle away creating power so you can watch TV, or be online any time you want to?  I bet he would love to do that for you!
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« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2007, 06:21:06 AM »

Yeah, that's a GREAT idea. . .except, when I mentioned it to Larry, he did a loud harrummph, and muttered something to the effect of "putting it" . . . ."on his list of priorities". . . "holding my breath". . . . and "cold day in . . . ".  Huh   Grin Christy
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« Reply #21 on: December 13, 2007, 06:42:29 AM »

Christy & Larry

I can sympathize with you completely!

Several years ago when I was still in the HVAC business we had an ice storm here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Fortunately, I DID have the foresight to purchase an small Onan diesel genny, BUT, it was in the shop, buried under about four time more stuff than should have been in the shop in the first place!  Angry

So, I unload the shop outdoors in the ice & sleet, find the Onan, drag it outside, repack the shop, then remember I NEED WIRE!!!  Embarrassed Embarrassed

Unload the shop, find the wire, repack the shop, hook up the Onan..... (I am getting good at this by now) and, guess what? I NEED A BATTERY!!  Embarrassed Embarrassed Embarrassed  Angry Angry Angry

Soooooo, (see above)!!

Install the battery & the antique Onan ran like a charm. Sweet relief at last! Did the same things as you guys. Turn on the heat and well, flushed the toilets, took a bath and tended my wounds.

Now the good news was the Onan ran fine and powered the necessities at the shop & house with no problems other than siphoning #2 heating oil from my boiler tank every day with one of those little squeezie hand pumps things and hauling it to the genny.

But the kicker was this: We live seven miles passed World's End. (Yes, Virginia, there is a place called World's End) beside the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. It's a beautiful place but they really don't want people living here so we have to put up with services from the 1920's. So, after about a week the phone came back on (no cell phones worked down here) & I decided to call the electric company JUST for information.... Just wondering how long it would be before we had electricity again. The conversation went like this:

Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring ring

"Hello Choptank Electric"

Hello this is Tom A. I live at blah blah blah & was just wondering when we may have electricity again?"

"Hold On!"  (I am hearing voices raised and cursing in the background)

"Where did you say you were again"

"Crocheron, down passed the Refuge...."

(more cursing and swearing in the background)

And this is an exact quote from the electric company:

"LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING! YOU ARE LUCKY TO HAVE ELECTRICITY IN THE GOOD TIMES!  DON'T CALL HERE NO MORE!!!!!!

The moral of the story is the same as the Boy Scouts, "Be Prepared"!

 Grin Grin Grin


Just for fun, What do old, tired, HVAC guys make in OK? I might be tempted to move. BTY, I have a bus WITH A GENNY!!  Grin Grin Grin

Best Wishes,  TOM & PHYLLIS
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« Reply #22 on: December 13, 2007, 07:43:04 AM »

hahahha, enjoyed your story!  Are you sure you and Larry aren't related?  He keeps this shop pretty straightened up, but OH MY GOSH, you should see his other one!  It is knee deep of every possible tool, motor, contraption, welder (Larry owns two of every welder known to man. . . and YES, he just bought ANOTHER one the other day. . .boy, I tell you what, for two days we kept asking him, "So, Larry, is this another one of those, "THIS IS THE LAST WELDER I WOULD EVER NEED" type of welders?Huh??  Cheesy  boy, he sure regretted every making THAT comment two weldors ago!)  anyway, if you can picture a 30x40 shop crammed to the gills, and all the extension cords at the bottom of it all, you can imagine the fun we had, in the dark, trying to extract what we needed! 

Funny thing is when Larry got Big Genny running, my Christmas lights in the front lit up too.  a neighbor is flying down the road, gets in front of our place and slams on his brakes, skidding to a halt, backs up and pulls into the drive.  He leans out the window and yells, "Boy!  I just saw your lights and thought, "They'd better have a generator!  Otherwise, how in the H _  _ _ did they get electricity and we're still out!"   Cheesy  Turns out, contrary to what we thought, including his place, there are THREE of us out here on OG&E instead of just two.  The rest of the neighbors, including our office/shop and his barn are on another utility company.  I figure, with a grand total of three houses on OG&E in this area, yep, we'll get power sometime before next spring!  ha ha

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Just for fun, What do old, tired, HVAC guys make in OK? I might be tempted to move. BTY, I have a bus WITH A GENNY!! 

Well, right now, I can guarantee you'd make a heck of a lot of money off that generator if you just offered to go from house to house, spending an hour at each, running their furnaces Wink Grin  They say they're down to just over 100,000 people in the OKC metro area without power, as of this morning, so they are making progress.  A GC we're working for called this morning and told me he heard that only scoundrels and lowlifes were still without power . . .which explained a lot, didn't it! Wink Grin  Christy Hicks
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« Reply #23 on: December 13, 2007, 09:26:32 AM »

Leave it to Larry to coin the phrase "welding withdrawal"! 

And NO Angry, I did NOT allow him to disconnect our office so he could use his new "welder to end all welders".  I know, I'm heartless! Cheesy  Christy
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« Reply #24 on: December 20, 2007, 05:28:16 AM »

Christy,

You haven't updated us in a few days..  How ya'll doing?

Sending warm thoughts your way.... Grin

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« Reply #25 on: December 20, 2007, 07:00:02 AM »

Actually, not too bad. . .but we had another "event" from the ice storm hit us. . .it was sort of like that storm just had to give us one more "kick in the butt". . . I just haven't had time to sit down and write everyone. . . stay tuned for details, ha ha. 

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