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Old 10 December 2011, 18:37   #41
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And to now make things worse bbc have issued another wind warning for Mon/Tue west coast of Scotland

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Old 10 December 2011, 18:54   #42
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bruce - the idea is not to have electric cross you chest ie heart . earthing s foot might better!
Nah, it'll be a rumour started by the electricity companies to tell who's been fiddling with the mains.... they'll be recognisable cos their left hand will be welded to their arse.
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Old 10 December 2011, 20:15   #43
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bruce - the idea is not to have electric cross you chest ie heart . earthing s foot might better!
I realise this, I used to be a spark.
The current when shocked would travel across your chest because generally shoe soles are fairly good insulators and the left hand would be touching a good earth.
The intention of putting the left hand in a pocket would be to stop the curent travelling up one arm, across the chest, and down the other arm.
If your left hand is not touching earth then the current goes down through your feet via your chest but not as much through the heart as before due to the route.
Not touching anything with your left hand would work just as well as putting it in your pocket.

Basically if you are not sure what you are doing then don't fiddle with electricity or gas, they are both extremely unforgiving if you get it wrong.

I hope the winds aren't up again Mon, I'm supposed to be flying to Coll and back!
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Electricity!!!
You can't see it
You can't smell it
But it will bite if you annoy it!!!
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Not to bad here just watching the sunset and having a Pina Colada on the beech in wales
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Wow. All I was trying to do was to run a 13A extension from the Genny to the fridge!

Lighting & a lot of heat dealt with by the tilley lamps. For once they were only doing two jobs, the third job (midge destruction) being dealt with by the ambience outside.

For cooking the BBQ was going to get fired up, but we got the juice back before I could be bothered digging it out!
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Not to bad here just watching the sunset and having a Pina Colada on the beech in wales
How amazing is the Clyde ? 2 days after the worst storms in many locals' living memory we get from Largs/Arran/Tarbert/ Largs including a great dive and a few beers and all on 94 litres

http://youtu.be/m3aZ07Rn9hI

Fantastic pre Xmas weekend bash

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Wind and outages tend to go together here. My worst to date is five days. As a consequence, I run the house a little differently to most.

Cooking is on bottled gas and oil fired range, so cooking is normal. When the power fails, we lose the oil fired range and the associated pumps, but the solid fuel stove in the hall heats the core of the house and provides hot water. A couple of discreet emergency lights provide immediate coverage in the hallways and stairs. I have a "dark box" with camping gas lamps, refills, candles and torches. There is always an emergency lamp (6v with fluorescent tubes) charged and handy. All the communal rooms have a fireplace, as does the willk boudoir. I have a spare 12v truck battery in the shed and an inverter handy so I can run bits and bobs if needed - typically a DVD player or router or whatever. The fridge is a PITA though, and my only solution is to dump any frozen stuff into cold boxes and take it to work where there is a genny and, um, a lot of cold storage space...

Top Tip: For chilled beers/wine/etc - wrap the bevvies in a wet towel and leave outside in a windy location (I like a window ledge 'cos I can reach out). Evaporation does the rest

Why no genny at the house? I figure that when I need it, it won't feckin' start anyway, so be prepared!
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Log burner & about 2 winters worth of logs in store at any one time. Oil heating & 12kva diesel genny on permanent battery float connected to aforementioned changeover switch. Bring it on
Oh! did I mention the cellar full of beer, wine, single malt & freezer
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12kva diesel genny on permanent battery float connected to aforementioned changeover switch.
Perfect for the whole house. The Da is getting on a bit so I hunted out an old Lister/Petter 10KVa key start set for him. It's as old as Moses but is one of the 1500 rpm continuous use type. It runs the whole gaff for him and gives me another bolt hole to head for if the sh1t hits the fan. Actually, that won't be so bad, as the fan won't be spinning...
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