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I ordered a couple more LED headlamps. This one is 360 lumens. Before you bash me too much on the lumens let me just say it’s very bright. Has 3 different main light modes so you don’t waste battery life on just one higher mode. Keep in mind that the higher you go the more they eat your batteries. So I typically work, fish, hunt, with something under 500 and also carry a higher powered LED flashlight with much higher lumens with spot. I have Q beams and super high lumen LED flash lights, but I think anything 300-800 is plenty bright for most or our needs. My last Energizer is still going from 4 years ago, so I got some more.

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10 gauge baby!
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I'm surprised that thing is only rated at 15 amps...it is beefy! However, I LOVE that you got a big thick cable for long distances. The longer the cord, the more electrical loss you have so you want the thicker gauge wire. After you have it up and running wait about 15 minutes and see if that cable is getting warm. Warm is ok but hot is very very bad.
 
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I'm surprised that thing is only rated at 15 amps...it is beefy! However, I LOVE that you got a big thick cable for long distances. The longer the cord, the more electrical loss you have so you want the thicker gauge wire. After you have it up and running wait about 15 minutes and see if that cable is getting warm. Warm is ok but hot is very very bad.
I’m hoping it will be good to go!
 
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Glad we avoided this storm.

Although it got me thinking a lot. Most of us aren’t really as prepared as we think we are. If we had a 2 week power outage the majority of us would struggle for lights, gas, propane, battery power etc.

Along with the stuff I ordered above, I added a few more things and will continue to add little by little each paycheck. I feel like every year things are getting worse.

I just ordered a Midland - WR120B/ WR120EZ NOAA Emergency weather radio. Has 7 channels of NOAA and public alerts if the power is out I’ll still know what’s going on because it also has backup batteries.

Some 9 day Candles.

Ezorkas LED Lanterns

Bic Lighters (always need a good lighter)

Battery Organizer | Batteries, etc.


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I wanna turn this thread into a Preparation/ Gear thread.

Anytime you buy something beneficial for your reef/home to deal with any kind of storm this season (flood, hurricanes, etc) please share here.
 

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I remember when my Mom had a propane car and it really stunk. Do you ever smell propane around your house. I imagine that once it gets into your carpets and drapes it would be hard to get that smell out.
 
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Just got this awesome EDC backpack (mine is shadow grey) for important things like:

Mini water filter (Sawyer)
Mylar blankets or Emergency sleeping bag
Duck tape
Tarp
Waterproof matches
Headlamp w/ batteries
Flashlight
Solar powered hand crank NOAA radio
Pocket rocket isobutane burner
Knife/ Multi tool
Bic lighter in waterproof case
Paracord
And the list goes on.

All these things can help you at home in power outages, winter storms, and if you got to jump in the car and leave or get home! It’s good to have a dependable durable backpack.


 
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Finally done!
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Bring on the hurricanes! But not really.... please don't.
Very nice sir. Makes you feel good being prepared. One thing that might be super smart is to elevate that slab by 4-5’. Probably be pretty cheap too. You see what happened to NY, NJ, etc. Might be good to have it higher for flooding. Around the bay people mount them on their second floor off the house.
 

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Very nice sir. Makes you feel good being prepared. One thing that might be super smart is to elevate that slab by 4-5’. Probably be pretty cheap too. You see what happened to NY, NJ, etc. Might be good to have it higher for flooding. Around the bay people mount them on their second floor off the house.
Yeah I'll have to watch it the next time it rains hard. Thankfully I'm in a pretty elevated area of Houston here and I also had some big french drains put in the yard last year so hopefully it isn't an issue. I will probably do it anyway next time I have the contractor out. Just because it hasn't flooded here ever doesn't mean it won't nowadays.
 

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I raised mine to make sure it was as high as my lowest electrical socket. Any higher is pointless. I wouldn’t expect it to be cheap to raise it now that you’ve already laid it. You’re gonna need the plumber the electrician and the concrete guy all over again.
 

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I raised mine to make sure it was as high as my lowest electrical socket. Any higher is pointless. I wouldn’t expect it to be cheap to raise it now that you’ve already laid it. You’re gonna need the plumber the electrician and the concrete guy all over again.
Maybe, maybe not. The Generac guys just brought the slab with them, put it down and leveled it and all the connections are flexible tubing. They said it was meant to be able to be moved easily if we ever moved to a new home etc. I'll probably give them a call and see what they say before I attempt anything else. My hope is a skilled contractor would be able to just jack it up and put a frame or something underneath. Either way that will have to do for now as that was the budget. Hopefully it won't be an issue and I'll get it fixed up next season.
 

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Maybe, maybe not. The Generac guys just brought the slab with them, put it down and leveled it and all the connections are flexible tubing. They said it was meant to be able to be moved easily if we ever moved to a new home etc. I'll probably give them a call and see what they say before I attempt anything else. My hope is a skilled contractor would be able to just jack it up and put a frame or something underneath. Either way that will have to do for now as that was the budget. Hopefully it won't be an issue and I'll get it fixed up next season.
just having it at all must be a huge relief! you could always dig a moat! and it looks like you got the big dog, that should keep everything nice and cool inside!
 

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Ya NYC is only a 90 minute flight. Only a few hundred miles away from where I live. Eventually it is possible flooding like that could happen here. I am thinking about how I can make my basement windows more water tight. I think all that pressure will just blow then in. Hmmmm
 
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We’re gonna get a flood or Hurricane and we’re really not as prepared as we like to think we are. It’s just a matter of time. These things keep increasing every year. What can you really do in a situation like NY and NJ? Just the mere end of that hurricane killed 40+ people. Just goes to show that even a simple tropical depression can smoke you.
 

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just having it at all must be a huge relief! you could always dig a moat! and it looks like you got the big dog, that should keep everything nice and cool inside!
Yeah, huge load off my mind. Had a 5 hour power outage just a few weeks ago, blown transformer in the ally, and lost a few of my more sensitive acros to the rapid temp swing. All the pumps and things are on back up, but the fish room is a tractor shed I built and insulated and the AC just drew too much power and couldn't get it running and the tanks went up about 2 degrees in an hour. Few things bleached in a couple hours, RTNd three days later. Thankfully it's all on the Generac now. Think time to invest in a couple chillers just in case.
We’re gonna get a flood or Hurricane and we’re really not as prepared as we like to think we are. It’s just a matter of time. These things keep increasing every year. What can you really do in a situation like NY and NJ? Just the mere end of that hurricane killed 40+ people. Just goes to show that even a simple tropical depression can smoke you.
Yeah unfortunately they just weren't ready for that kind of weather in that area. New Gov. of New York said it herself, "I don't think anyone expected that kind of rain." and nobody plans for a flood in NYC. A lot of deaths from stuff like drowning in apartments below street level. We have learned the hard way around here to be prepared for flooding and that's all we can really do, try and be prepared vs not at all. Weather has changed and more Americans will need to be ready for a wider array of events.
 

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Ya well I just put new basement windows in last Fall. I am thinking 2 by 4s and sandbags in front of the windows. Maybe concrete blocks too. I have a brand new furnace washer plus a rental water heater down there. I am a bit more than a few hundred miles from NYC. 460. But it can still happen. They say to not own property in the tropics cus of storm damage. It might be eastern North America as well.
 
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Yeah, huge load off my mind. Had a 5 hour power outage just a few weeks ago, blown transformer in the ally, and lost a few of my more sensitive acros to the rapid temp swing. All the pumps and things are on back up, but the fish room is a tractor shed I built and insulated and the AC just drew too much power and couldn't get it running and the tanks went up about 2 degrees in an hour. Few things bleached in a couple hours, RTNd three days later. Thankfully it's all on the Generac now. Think time to invest in a couple chillers just in case.

Yeah unfortunately they just weren't ready for that kind of weather in that area. New Gov. of New York said it herself, "I don't think anyone expected that kind of rain." and nobody plans for a flood in NYC. A lot of deaths from stuff like drowning in apartments below street level. We have learned the hard way around here to be prepared for flooding and that's all we can really do, try and be prepared vs not at all. Weather has changed and more Americans will need to be ready for a wider array of events.
I just started to prepare a little more since these events seem to be happening more frequently. No I’m not a prepper or a survivalist, but I am a person that can clearly see there’s going to be supply shortages (already happening) and other jacked up situations coming like power outages, floods, hurricanes, etc that will pretty much cause you to suffer if you’re not more prepared. Louisiana being a perfect example right now. Going on a week without power would suck. Even if you only have gas in your generator for 7 days only…that is 7 days you’re not dying in heat and could mean the difference between life and death for some. At least you could run a fan, the fridge, charge phones, have some lights, run a microwave, etc. Not sure how many watts these smaller window units are, but just cooling a small room to get some relief would be a game changer in Louisiana right about now.
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Ya well I just put new basement windows in last Fall. I am thinking 2 by 4s and sandbags in front of the windows. Maybe concrete blocks too. I have a brand new furnace washer plus a rental water heater down there. I am a bit more than a few hundred miles from NYC. 460. But it can still happen. They say to not own property in the tropics cus of storm damage. It might be eastern North America as well.
Anything helps! There’s a S#iT Storm coming. I can feel it.
 

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