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  • CentralTXHunter
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    My mom is still out. She’s been living with us since Thursday. Oncor finally came and disconnected her service yesterday. Then it rained all dang day. My guys got out and rebuilt her service this morning while I ran a chainsaw cutting up the tree that did her in. Now waiting on the city to do the inspection so we can get Oncor back out to reconnect her. Been a heck of an ordeal.


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  • Huntindad
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    Power still off. Got generator on freezer for few hours

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  • Welding Teach
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    My parents live outside of Marlin. They lost power about 3pm Wednesday afternoon. I talked to my mom this morning and they still have no power. He has a Miller welding machine he cranks up for awhile during the day to power the refrigerator and charge their phones and such.

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  • Tmag
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    Originally posted by D4H View Post
    I am retired from an electric co-op. We always had a tree trimming program going on. Our main problem was home owners not wanting their trees trimmed or right of ways maintained. The old rural customers understood the need to trim trees due to past power outages. The new land owners moving to the country did not want their trees trimmed or want the tree trimming crews on their property. Trees that touch power lines actually are contributing to line loss of electricity flowing through the system. In other words, trees absorb power from the lines just like the meter at your house. The power purchased from the main supplier is total usage. The power recorded from electric meters is always less then total usage. The difference is due to line loss from trees and other obstructions and normal loss in an electrical distribution system. The total usage bill from the supplier still needs to be paid so the consumer pays for the line losses passed through to their electric bill. An active tree tree trimming program is necessary to keep non-income losses to a minimum and keep rates stable longer. The other advantage to an active tree trimming program is less outages during inclement weather. If the meters are spinning during cold weather, the utility is making money and customers are happy and warm. Outages cost a lot of money with the cost of lineman on higher wages due to overtime, equipment breakdowns, getting stuck, dangers of getting electrocuted, etc. The lineman crews are the toughest and most dedicated people I’ve known.

    So the next time you are contacted by your electric utility to trim trees on your property, you will be helping yourself, your neighbors and your community in minimizing future outages. If you see trees in the lines on your property, contact them and they will come out and trim them.
    SHECO does this and I haven't lost power since Ike destroyed our home. I also bought a 17kw PTO generator in 2009 that is still brand new.

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  • Biggs
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    1 day so far just North of Temple.
    Generator is eating propane like candy. Man that’s some expensive electricity!


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  • Witchgrass
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    Originally posted by D4H View Post
    I am retired from an electric co-op. We always had a tree trimming program going on. Our main problem was home owners not wanting their trees trimmed or right of ways maintained. The old rural customers understood the need to trim trees due to past power outages. The new land owners moving to the country did not want their trees trimmed or want the tree trimming crews on their property. Trees that touch power lines actually are contributing to line loss of electricity flowing through the system. In other words, trees absorb power from the lines just like the meter at your house. The power purchased from the main supplier is total usage. The power recorded from electric meters is always less then total usage. The difference is due to line loss from trees and other obstructions and normal loss in an electrical distribution system. The total usage bill from the supplier still needs to be paid so the consumer pays for the line losses passed through to their electric bill. An active tree tree trimming program is necessary to keep non-income losses to a minimum and keep rates stable longer. The other advantage to an active tree trimming program is less outages during inclement weather. If the meters are spinning during cold weather, the utility is making money and customers are happy and warm. Outages cost a lot of money with the cost of lineman on higher wages due to overtime, equipment breakdowns, getting stuck, dangers of getting electrocuted, etc. The lineman crews are the toughest and most dedicated people I’ve known.

    So the next time you are contacted by your electric utility to trim trees on your property, you will be helping yourself, your neighbors and your community in minimizing future outages. If you see trees in the lines on your property, contact them and they will come out and trim them.
    This! I was working outage restoration last night around Boerne. Lots more ice there than in ,oat of our Territory. It’s really hard for us to get people to understand how much of a necessary evil it is for us to maintain Our existing right of ways, or clear new ones for new construction. Lots of members still off there due to accessibility issues due to iced, downed trees, and manicured yards that we need to drive 30,000 lb trucks across to get to some poles.

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  • RWB
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    Originally posted by Chew View Post
    Power went out again here in Leon county a few hours ago. Got my old *** generator running a shop light, a space heater and an electric blanket for the wife.

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    Chew, how bad is the ice in Leon County? Wondering how much tree and limb clean up I have ahead of me

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  • Tony Pic
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    Originally posted by Backwoods101 View Post
    Out in Harper


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    Where? I am in Harper and we have had power all day. A few flickers. Off 479& klein branch

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  • Greenheadless
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    Our plant up in the Aldine area of Houston reported being out of power this afternoon?

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  • Mudslinger
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    Rogers in eastern Bell county. Out since 8:30 last night.

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  • Greenheadless
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    Originally posted by Tmag View Post
    I like this one. 30kw laughs at AC/heat coming on while the oven and dryer are running.
    all that and would prolly run the pool too
    Last edited by Greenheadless; 02-02-2023, 06:28 PM.

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  • sasqy
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    18kw here on my 1,500 sq ft .
    Installed ourselves when building.
    Propane fueled and it exercises once a week to keep in shape.
    Battery charged, fuel fresh in motor, transfer switch test.
    Best insurance I have out here.
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  • Grand Passage
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    Lost power in Boerne around 9:00 last night, and it just came back on 30 minutes ago. 30 minutes prior to that I had started the generator to keep the fridge and freezer cold, go figure.

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  • Huntindad
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    Originally posted by Chance Love View Post
    Been out in Leander since 1:30am.
    Yep, went out at 5 pm came bCk on around pm and down around 1:30. Think I'll go get my generator. It's an hour away

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