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lonestarjeff    Posted 02-17-2021 at 18:05:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Texas power grid
  • We were fortunate to have power throughout this week, although the heat pump we have lost traction when temps stayed below the 20's. Just about everyone else we know lost power for extended periods of time the last few days.

    How are the rest of you in the region doing?


    Larry TX    Posted 02-24-2021 at 15:00:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Here in Brazoria County (just immediately south of Harris County - Houston), our neighborhood lost power for only 12 hours last Wed. but other parts of this city of 140,000 lost power for several days Jeff. Don't know what causes it (pwr. co. can't explain), but our side of the street here that backs up to a 55 acre retention pond often loses power, sometimes for 8 hours or more. Though I should have checked into it long ago (I've been here since '74), I'm about to bite the bullet and invest in one of the automatic full home power generators that run on natural gas.

    John in Mich    Posted 02-24-2021 at 18:54:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Be aware that the typical natural gas supply to a residence is not sufficient to run a whole house generator. Contact your gas supplier about it and they will ask about your existing natural gas consumption.
    We had to install a larger supply bored from the main to our house and a larger meter.
    Pricey but has already been worth it, not in dollars but in comfort and peace of mind.

    Walt/Tx    Posted 02-18-2021 at 13:56:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Hello Jeff. Rotating outages here for 3 days so I used my little gasoline generator to power my natural gas house furnace controls. No water problems so far.

    lonestarjeff    Posted 02-20-2021 at 16:54:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Definitely nice to have a generator. I had a little 3k unit to help back in '13 at the farm when an ice storm knocked us out for a week. It wasn't much, but we had lights at least. The farm house is all electric. I bought a 6k unit that spring. I keep a avgas in the tank, start it up every fall.


    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-17-2021 at 20:19:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Son lives just outside of Austin. Lost power about 2 AM Monday and got it back today. About 36 hours without. Lost water later in the day Monday and still does not have it back. Original problem was loss of power to run the water pumps. No idea what the current problem is.

    I certainly do feel for you fellows! Know you are not used to it. This is the most winter weather I've seen since I was a kid in the 30's and I even spent two winters in Alaska.


    Dean    Posted 02-17-2021 at 19:13:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My brother lives in Grapevine (north Dallas).

    His power was out for 35 hours but has been back on for several hours now.

    Natural gas supply did not fail but furnace will not run without electricity. He is now back home from the local civic shelter and repairing freeze damage.

    No one knows if his area will once again be rotated out.


    Bob Kuba(TX)    Posted 02-17-2021 at 18:25:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My Geothermal Heat Pump not doing too well either!

    My temps have not got ABOVE 20! Have a few power shut offs, but my propane Genny kicks in on auto!
    I'm in East Texas near Emory.

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