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Old 05-30-2011, 07:53 AM
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Battle Creek got clobbered by the storms last night, and I am one of the unfortunate many that lost power! Consumer's website says that the hardest hit areas (Battle Creek) may not get power back until Wednesday evening!

So, I was frantically going store to store to find a generator last night, but everywhere I checked in BC was sold out already (8 pm). I figured this would happen, as I tried dragging the fam out to the store earlier to get one, only to be stalled by the wife's attempt to track down relatives who we could borrow one from. That failed, and so did my attempt to find one that late!

So I settled on a Stanley power converter that hooks up to a car battery and supplies 500 watts of power. I was able to plug in a 300w heater and one Koralia 3 powerhead for water movement. The tank temp was down to 71 degrees when I did this last night and after running all night without any problems it was back up to 80 at 5:00 am.

Does anybody have an idea of how long a new cheap car battery will run one of these power converters? It was still going strong this morning, but I can't imagine it will last until Wednesday evening. I guess if it dies, I can just swap it out with my car battery and recharge it!

I was really wanting to find a generator (and I definitely will be getting one before the next big storm!), but all-in-all I am pretty happy with the power converter! If only it could run a 46" LCD and a PS3....

Is there anything other than the heater and water movement to be concerned with until Wednesday?

Thanks,

Keith
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:42 AM
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You should be fine without your skimmer for a few days. As you already said, the most important is the powerheads and the heater.

We got a card in the mail where Home Depot was giving 10% off to the veterans/armed forces today. If you know anyone who was in the military that you could have show their card. We picked up a 5500w generator there last summer for 399, they clearanced them out and were orignially 899. Might be worth going to see what kind of deals they got going today, especially if you're going to be without power til Weds. We lost power here last Sunday and we had both tanks going and our sump.....plus ran a cord to the neighbor's house for their sump. It's always better to get a bigger one than one that just won't do the job.
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Battle Creek got clobbered by the storms last night, and I am one of the unfortunate many that lost power! Consumer's website says that the hardest hit areas (Battle Creek) may not get power back until Wednesday evening!

So, I was frantically going store to store to find a generator last night, but everywhere I checked in BC was sold out already (8 pm). I figured this would happen, as I tried dragging the fam out to the store earlier to get one, only to be stalled by the wife's attempt to track down relatives who we could borrow one from. That failed, and so did my attempt to find one that late!

So I settled on a Stanley power converter that hooks up to a car battery and supplies 500 watts of power. I was able to plug in a 300w heater and one Koralia 3 powerhead for water movement. The tank temp was down to 71 degrees when I did this last night and after running all night without any problems it was back up to 80 at 5:00 am.

Does anybody have an idea of how long a new cheap car battery will run one of these power converters? It was still going strong this morning, but I can't imagine it will last until Wednesday evening. I guess if it dies, I can just swap it out with my car battery and recharge it!

I was really wanting to find a generator (and I definitely will be getting one before the next big storm!), but all-in-all I am pretty happy with the power converter! If only it could run a 46" LCD and a PS3....

Is there anything other than the heater and water movement to be concerned with until Wednesday?

Thanks,

Keith
Your water will be fine not being skimmed for a few days but you need a way to get some oxygen in your water, might want to spring for a cheap air pump and stone so your animals don't suffocate

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Old 05-30-2011, 09:36 AM
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Thanks for the replys! I do have a battery powered air pump I can use. Going to Home Depot in K-Zoo after work today (I love Holiday pay!) to look for a generator, so I will pick up some air line to get that going. Thanks for the advice!
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I hope everything goes well with your tank. Btw, you can get the 10% off Home Depot coupons at any post office. They have new resident packets that you get when you move and they are inside that. I know the post office in my area has the mover packets in their area that is always open.
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I just got a whole house generator and am getting ready to sell my old (barly used) 7.5kva gas generator with transfer switch. If you are interested, I will give you a great deal and can meet part way (for the price of gas).


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I just got a whole house generator and am getting ready to sell my old (barly used) 7.5kva gas generator with transfer switch. If you are interested, I will give you a great deal and can meet part way (for the price of gas).


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Hey Mike,
Any chance you would pm me with who you got it with, what brand, how much it cost and what the wattage is? I'm getting quotes of prices all over the place with me doing a lot of the ground prep. I'm looking for a guy to do it all, but not break the bank. I'd appreciate any info. Thanks!
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I was able to get an 8000w generator from my cousin yesterday after work, so everything is up and running! I am still in the market for one, so if anyone nearby has a great deal on one, I'm interested!
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sorry to hijack thread but if one of you still have a gen. for sale. i'm in the market for one also please lmk thanks alot john
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:27 AM
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Well, wife just called and said the generator ran for 5 minutes this morning, then shut off. Plenty of gas, circuit breakers not tripped, here we go again!

So, if there is anyone out there with an available gen for sale, please let me know! I may be able to come by shortly to pick it up!

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check the oil some small engins have a low oil sencer to shut them down
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:23 AM
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Thanks,

Trying to talk my wife through the various scenarios over the phone! I love her to death, but she doesn't have any desire to get her hands dirty! Leaving work in an hour, to troubleshoot it myself. Thanks for the advice!
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You can also hook your battery up to your car with jumper cables and recharge it. An hour every 24 hours would probably keep you going.
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