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Old 12-26-2008, 05:18 PM   #11
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I was close. Five days without power and I have an electric heat pump. Didn't have much fire wood as the insert isn't very good as a heater and the glazing gets covered with carbon, so it's useless for watching. Another day & I would have to stoked the fire with mesquite charcoal!

Still snowed in & no phone, but at least the power is on. Need to buy CO detectors and a catalytic heater I can connect to my propane tanks. Very annoying to have over 100 gallons of propane & no way of using it except for water heating.

And a larger chainsaw. I have MANY downed trees, several of which are across the driveway.

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Old 12-26-2008, 05:35 PM   #12
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Not a disaster, but still an unusual day.

As I mentioned in a different thread, we apparently had a circuit breaker trip last night, so that the furnace was off, and most of the downstairs in our house. My beer fridge was warm, but the house was cold. Got that figured out, and then my husband mentioned that the weather was getting bad for traveling. So instead of leaving on our vacation (kids and I) the next day for our 14 hour drive to visit my family, we left at noon.

We are now in Grayling Michigan, and nothing is open. We had Christmas dinner at the Grayling 7/11 and are sitting in the Days Inn.

Not a disaster, and gas station food isn't all that bad. Still, it's a unique Christmas for us.
We just had the main breaker go. Middle of the huge-ass snowstorm last Sunday. Middle of the Patriots game, too. Took out half the panel, including the furnace.

I also don't have an electrician (the guy who was doing work for me on the side is now out of the business). So, pick up the phone book and start calling people who are local.

Got lucky, though, the guy I called first was up to the house within ten minutes (remember, he doesn't know me at all, I *just* called him out of the phone book). Figured out the main breaker was shot, cobbled stuff together so we'd have heat (and power in the living room; virtually nothing else in the house other than that one room). His employee was back at the house first thing Monday morning. Turns out the main breaker was corroded to hell, he can't get it apart and he can't get us a replacement (it's old). So, got a whole new box, so we're out $600 - $700 (haven't gotten the bill yet).

The electronics to the oven got fried as well, so that's another $175 part and $100 labor. At least the cooktop works, but that killed my plans to cook x-mas dinner.

So, basically out $1,000 the weekend before x-mas. Not terribly exciting, but a pisser nonetheless.
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:41 PM   #13
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Finding 4 freezing and sick puppies on my run this morning and knowing I had no chioce but to take them to animal control.

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Old 12-26-2008, 08:59 PM   #14
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olllllo, kudos for doing the right thing (not that I had a doubt you wouldn't) but I think you get the prize for the crappiest duty.

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Old 12-27-2008, 03:26 AM   #15
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We cleaned the pups up as best we could; two of them were clearly sick; we really had no options. If they get healthy they will surely get adopted over an older dog. Brenda and I just don't have the resources to care for 4 sick puppies.





I promised Brenda that we would adopt another older dog when we have the opportuntiy to do it right.

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I have not had an Xmas off in 6 years... nuff said.

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Old 12-29-2008, 02:06 PM   #17
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Oh, I have a bunch of these and usually they involved electricity.

One Easter, we lost partial power to the house and had to cook our Easter ham on the gas grill. $800 later and a new electrical box we were back in business.

One Thanksgiving, our furnace went out and I had to replace the master control board. Two years later, at Christmas, that same furnace finally bit the dust and we had to replace it all together ($3,000 later).

This year was the best though. While it was -8° (-30° with windchill) we kept loosing power to our furnace (similar problem as before) and had to have someone come out and fix it. Then, to top it off, the wife got into two different car accidents (neither of them her fault) within a week, the second one on Christmas eve.

We have terrible luck around holidays.

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