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Posted October 06, 2013 - 07:07 PM

We had a pretty tremendous blizzard blast through here Friday and Saturday. 2 to 5feet of snow depending on where in the area you were at, combined with 40-70 mph winds for over 48 hours.I have lots of branches down and was without power the final time for 27 hours. My wife was snowed in at her job up near Mt. Rushmore from Friday morning until about 2 hours ago. They are on generator power and will be for at least a week. Both kids are still pretty much stranded at their homes, daughter in Rapid City and son at college up in Spearfish. They are fine and have power and food! Our damage is very minimal compared to many other folks in the area.

I wasn't very well prepared, as I only had a gallon of gas and the carb was off the MF8E to order a rebuild kit. I had to put the carb back on the way it was without any decent lights so I could start moving snow. I ran it until it quit today then my brother-in-law cut a quick path with a loader. I will clean up and widen everything out tomorrow when I get more gas, but many stations are out of gas right now.

A hot shower is going to feel great tonight!

Later---DAC

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Posted October 06, 2013 - 07:11 PM

No thank you! Glad to hear the juice is running again at your place.


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Posted October 06, 2013 - 07:17 PM

Glad you made it through! You folks really caught it up there!


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Posted October 06, 2013 - 07:25 PM

I could get frost bite just looking at it. Did it hit your place Cat?


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Posted October 06, 2013 - 07:35 PM

Thanks for the pictures. It's not often you will see green leaves on the trees with snow on them at the same time. I'm glad everyone is OK! It's always a good idea to have some gas on hand. I used to keep 20 gallons when I had a big gas powered GT and generator. 


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Posted October 06, 2013 - 08:09 PM

Glad you made it through.  This is the time of year I appreciate living in the south.


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Posted October 06, 2013 - 08:39 PM

Hope things get back to normal quickly.  Certainly don't need that kind of weather around here any time soon.  The Massey looks  good earning her keep like that. :thumbs:     Good looking old GMC   I'm guessing 1956?    Thanks for the pictures.  It is certainly unusual to see all that green with the snow.      Rick 


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Posted October 06, 2013 - 09:05 PM

Glad you made it thru and everyone is OK. Hopefully the gas is still there and the snow moves easy and/or melts.
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Posted October 06, 2013 - 11:02 PM

Yuk, too early for that white stuff. Good to hear the family is safe.

How much notice did the weather Gurus give you folks, or dead they get

caught with their pants completely down?


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Posted October 07, 2013 - 12:17 AM

All we received here in eastern SD was some rain and wind. Suppose to be 70 tomorrow.

Hope you get back to normal shortly.


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Posted October 07, 2013 - 04:31 AM

I'm glad that you all are okay. You might be able to siphon some gas out of a vehicle. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted October 07, 2013 - 05:27 AM

What crazy weather , we put the a/c on Sat night it's very warm here for Oct.


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Posted October 07, 2013 - 08:43 PM

 

Thanks for the pictures. It's not often you will see green leaves on the trees with snow on them at the same time. I'm glad everyone is OK! It's always a good idea to have some gas on hand. I used to keep 20 gallons when I had a big gas powered GT and generator.


I should look into a generator one of these days, even if it was just enough to run the well pump now and then to flush toilets and have some water to wash up. I usually have 5 gallons of gas around but just got bit this time. 
 

Glad you made it through.  This is the time of year I appreciate living in the south.

 
Mom was from here and Dad was from Georgia---as much as I hate snow I never moved south to enjoy snow-free winters!
 

Hope things get back to normal quickly.  Certainly don't need that kind of weather around here any time soon.  The Massey looks  good earning her keep like that. :thumbs:     Good looking old GMC   I'm guessing 1956?    Thanks for the pictures.  It is certainly unusual to see all that green with the snow.      Rick


Things are improving fast, 40 degrees yesterday and 50 today. The tractor has been good to me, but the engine I put in it came from a snowblower. I have put needle and seats in it several times and after a few runs the dang thing starts pouring gas out of the carb like the float doesn't close the needle. Once it is running is does well just have to tinker with the high speed screw a lot.

The GMC you commented on is a '55 second design which looks pretty much identical to a '56. I drive it more that the other 3 GMC's that can be seen in the pictures!
 

Glad you made it thru and everyone is OK. Hopefully the gas is still there and the snow moves easy and/or melts.

 
Monday is a normal day off for me at work, but I got called in to help with emergency repairs for 4 hours, cutting into my time plowing and running for gas. My wife had to go back in to work this morning but they let her off early for being there for 56 hours during the weekend. She was able to go get gas cans filled so I could finish pushing snow soon as I got off work. The stuff I still needed to move was only a couple of feet deep by then due to melt but now the driveway is back to near normal width! I didn't get to drag all the branches up into a pile yet.
 

Yuk, too early for that white stuff. Good to hear the family is safe.
How much notice did the weather Gurus give you folks, or dead they get
caught with their pants completely down?

 
They started reporting the possibility of wind and rain turning to snow last Tuesday so it didn't catch anyone by suprise, just every day closer the forecast kept getting worse, and Thursday they issued a blizzard warning. I was in denial!!
 

All we received here in eastern SD was some rain and wind. Suppose to be 70 tomorrow.
Hope you get back to normal shortly.


Glad it didn't just head out east and pound you over there, Chris! 
 

I'm glad that you all are okay. You might be able to siphon some gas out of a vehicle. Good Luck, Rick

 
It didn't have to come to that, fortunately, I didn't want to burp gas for a couple of days! LOL Actually I have an old kerosene stove siphon pump that works well with gas too but I have to add hose to it to reach into a gas tank.
 

What crazy weather , we put the a/c on Sat night it's very warm here for Oct.


In South Dakota there is a saying "Heater in the morning, A/C in the aftenoon!"

Thank-you all for the responses, it sure is appreciated. I guess the real hard part of the ordeal was being alone, especially the 27 hours with no power. You get stir crazy quick! In 1988 we were without power 36 hours, but my wife and 18 month old son were home and I had a 12 volt TV. I got the battery out of one of the vehicles and we had TV! Can't do that nowadays with the "advances" in television technology. I still have that TV by the way, LOL!

This time an Ipod and an old school Coleman lantern were my friends!

Later---DAC

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Posted October 08, 2013 - 07:06 AM

Get a squeeze bulb type siphon to have just incase. It means that all you vehicle are then gas storage for you. Get a generator. I have generators and and woodstoves so that we can comfortably survive big storms. In 93, a COL fron ND lost his house because we were TDY and his power went out at home. The plumbing froze then it warmed up and the power came back on. The house flooded itself.

 

You can pick up a used generator very cheap and fix it like a GT. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted October 08, 2013 - 10:14 PM

 

Get a squeeze bulb type siphon to have just incase. It means that all you vehicle are then gas storage for you. Get a generator. I have generators and and woodstoves so that we can comfortably survive big storms. In 93, a COL fron ND lost his house because we were TDY and his power went out at home. The plumbing froze then it warmed up and the power came back on. The house flooded itself.
 
You can pick up a used generator very cheap and fix it like a GT. Good Luck, Rick


Thanks, Rick, the siphon I have is a squeeze bulb one but I should just get one with long enough hoses to reach into a car or truck tank instead of stuffing longer hoses on that one. Since 3 of my trucks are pre-unleaded I don't even have to make it fit thru those smaller fuel tank necks!
In around 1990 we were in Denver for Christmas and got a call from my brother-in-law. It was -20 with 60mph winds. The furnace went out and won't re-fire. By the time we got back it was too late. Water lines all broke and parts of the double-wide flooded inside. We were on propane at the time and the water going out the stack froze in horizontal icicles until it couldn't vent anymore shutting down the furnace. A friend and I replumbed underneath and above floor lines and it was as tuff of a job as I have ever experienced! That double wide got replaced with a modular in 2006.

I have no desire to burn wood. Did that for many years and I'm getting too old and beat up for all the cutting, hauling, splitting, stacking and cleanup. The generator deal and keeping more gas on hand has jumped to the top of the wish list!

On a sort of related note, I mentioned yesterday about the carburetion issues on the 10 hp Tecumseh in the MF8E. As noted above this engine came off a snowblower. I decided to unplug the primer line that hooks to what looks like the vent hole. The doggone thing ran great for an hour and a half dragging branches! Never had to adjust the high speed screw and it never died on me! Still seems to have an needle and seat issue, but gas doesn't run out of the carb, it is just damp with gas now when shut off.

More pics from tonite.

Later---DAC

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