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Posted by N9WOS on October 5, 2003, 4:31 pm

I have one question.
Did you make sure to tighten the safety shutoff on the pump?

(ie) Crank the pump knob to the right, until it was tight.

Sometimes the ball valve doesn't completely close on the pump.
And fuel will back feed into the pump compartment.
When the compartment is full, it will start spraying out
the oil/air hole on the pump cap.

Posted by Stormin Mormon on October 3, 2003, 1:22 pm
One article I read many years ago, the author made a body sized box out of
styrofoam panels and figured he could keep his body heat in, in case of a
long term cold power cut. It looked a bit too much like a coffin for me.

Many people have figured out "close the kitchen door" and hanging blankets
from the ceiling. during my power cuts, I also learned to go fill the tub
with hot water and have a long soak to get my morning going.


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I live in the boonies.  When we first moved in here the power would go out
quite often.  Sometimes for a few mins, sometimes for a few hours and
sometimes for a long time.  One of the things I used to do was set up a 4
man dome tent in the living room.  It was big enough we could play board and
card games but small enough that our body heat would keep it 'warm'.  Its
fairly amazing how much body heat will warm up a small space!

If you had to you could add VERY CAREFULLY a heat source.  Once I did put a
colman lantern in there with us to warm it up but I also had a fire
extinguisher as well as placing the lantern opposite the door.

Posted by Stormin Mormon on October 3, 2003, 1:24 pm
 I was toying with the idea of a UPS, and then wire a marine trolling battery
in parallel with the internal battery.

I wonder if those jump packs from BJ's (called either a Sport Pac or a
Winchester, they changed the name) would work to power a computer. Says it
would on the packing lit.


Christopher A. Young
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Get a AC/DC TV and video player and a small inverter.  The TV and player can
be used around the house when things are normal and when the power goes out
you can lug a battery in and have something to amuse yourself.  And you can
use your car to recharge the battery.

The inverter will come in handy if you have a true need to run something.
We have a 500W that we picked up that will run most things but you can get a
little one from walmart that would probably handle anything you'd need.  We
got the 500W because I found that the little one I had would not run my 1/2"

Posted by Vaughn on October 4, 2003, 1:00 am

     Yes, but not necessarily for very long.  I assume you mean one of those
15-20 pound battery packs with the jumper cables attached and a handle on
top.  Those things are mostly good for starting cars, I would guess they are
good for about 20 amp-hours, or about 250 watt-hours max.


Posted by Nothing40 on October 4, 2003, 12:46 pm
I had some friends that worked at G.I. Joes,where they sold those in
the Auto section.My friend told me that one he opened up was nothing
more than a ~10AH Gel-cell,and some "impressive looking" wire and
clamps,along with a jack and LED for recharging.

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