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#1966 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted December 11, 2013 - 11:45 AM

Got the clothes dryer back online today.  The problem was the 2nd whole house surge protector that I had installed on the dryer breaker.  The surge unit had a short in it.  Removed the unit & all is fine, clothes drying now.  So the total damage was a pair of whole house surge protectors (price paid when bought a couple years ago $140), the stove control board (bought used for $38), furnace parts $115, and fridge fan, $23.  Grand total spent not counting new surge protectors is $176.  Called the guy at power company, but not in his office.  Left call back number on his machine.  The surge protectors are still about the same price today, so if I have to eat that too, then total will be around $325.  Insurance deductible is $1,000, so no help there.

  Our humidifier wasn't working (not related to surge), but took it apart & just needed a good cleaning of mineral deposits.  It's now working as well.  So far today has all been to the positive.  :thumbs:   Still very tired, but at least things are less stressful.  No word yet on my sister Wanda with the tumor, nor my sister Mary Lois who is undergoing surgery this morning for colon cancer.  She is undergoing a colostomy, and not sure yet if it will be permanent or not.


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 01:18 PM

We'll be praying for your sisters , keep after the power co.   they would rather have you forget or give up so be a ''squeaky wheel "  I'm guessing it's not in your nature but try, lol


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 02:42 PM

We'll be praying for your sisters , keep after the power co.   they would rather have you forget or give up so be a ''squeaky wheel "  I'm guessing it's not in your nature but try, lol

 

No, not my nature, but I'll give it a try.  I'm at the point though that this kind of thing just makes more stress, so if a good attempt fails, then I will likely let it go.

  Thanks for the prayers!


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 02:55 PM

Al, When you talked to the linemen, did they say anything about the nuetral supposed to be disconnected from the grid when using a generator? I was told by one of our power co linemen that powering the nuetral put them at risk. Their statement was that everything had to be disconnected from the grid when using a generator. Supposedly a regular transfer switch does that.
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Posted December 11, 2013 - 03:09 PM

Doug  the one  one I talked didn't say but that's a question I will ask . You would think there would be enough  grounds but in Daniels   case  it looks like there  might be a problem .  with the neutral and ground it may very well back feed   Good point !


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 03:09 PM

Al, When you talked to the linemen, did they say anything about the nuetral supposed to be disconnected from the grid when using a generator? I was told by one of our power co linemen that powering the nuetral put them at risk. Their statement was that everything had to be disconnected from the grid when using a generator. Supposedly a regular transfer switch does that.

 

Yes, I'm looking for information regarding that myself.  But so far all I've found says I can use the power co's neutral.


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 03:12 PM

Did a quick web search and Doug is correct .  

http://www.jcpb.com/...y/generator.asp


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 03:36 PM

Found this pdf  on  neutral   switching  , learned a little but a lot went over my head lol

 

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Posted December 11, 2013 - 04:27 PM

When I was talking to a buddy of mine ( who is a master electrician) a few years ago about putting a full house generator in he told me that I would have to have to put in a double pole breaker switch to cut all connection to the power company lines.  Then put a switch on the generator as well to connect up.  From what I understand from that conversation if you are going to use the house pwr lines on a generator you do need to disconnect the lines from the pwr company coming in. 


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 04:49 PM

 I'll be talking to my power company guy tomorrow.  He returned my call this afternoon, but I was doing chores.  Looks like I am at fault due to not having the neutral broken.  Oh well, maybe they sell the 3 pole disconnect at cost for customers.


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 06:29 PM

Sorry to hear of the sisters health problems. Glad other things went better though.


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 08:23 PM

My sister Mary Lois came through surgery fine...all went well.   :dancingbanana:  That's all I know at this time.


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 08:27 PM

Great to hear a bit of good news for your family!!!


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 08:36 PM

Yeaaaaaa good news


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 08:50 PM

My youngest sister Angela had similar surgery a few months back & did great.  So hoping Mary Lois' surgery healing goes as well.  Both still undergoing chemo treatments.  No word on if any more tests showed anything on my oldest sister Wanda's illness.


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