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  • wrtner
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    Originally posted by spacecase0 View Post
    yes they do make that sort of thing,
    look for RV or boat supplies for people that plug in to external power when they also have a generator on board,
    Thanks for that. A "Battery Selection Switch" (or power selector, or ship/shore switch) would do the job if it handles the voltage and amps. But it is good to know what to ask for.
    Last edited by wrtner; 02-27-2021, 10:49 PM.

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  • spacecase0
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    Originally posted by wrtner View Post
    Is there a consumer unit which, in effect, includes a 2w3p and a shrouded male socket? Maybe one of those chunky blue or red jobs? This would be fantastic and I wonder if anyone knows someone who could lean on a manufacturer to adapt one of their existing products? I am sure there is a market now, and certainly in the near future.

    With climate change, this scenario is going to get worse.
    yes they do make that sort of thing,
    look for RV or boat supplies for people that plug in to external power when they also have a generator on board,

    but the best way to do it in my opinion is to set it up just like a boat, have batteries that power your house, and just have the external power keep the batteries charged.
    that way if the power company goes out, you have time to connect your alternate system, and you don't have to keep it running all the time to have power, you just have to keep it running when your batteries get low.

    sorry for the delayed reply, I was having issues viewing this forum and replying correctly.(but I fixed it)

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  • wrtner
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    This could be the time to draw this thread to the attention of the Governor of Texas.

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  • wrtner
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    Originally posted by spacecase0 View Post
    no, they are not for sale at the hardware stores around here...

    most people used extension cords direct to appliances...

    and others turn off the main breaker to the house and then connect the generator to an extra circuit breaker. this is clearly not a great plan as it is pretty easy to mess up and break things...
    Is there a consumer unit which, in effect, includes a 2w3p and a shrouded male socket? Maybe one of those chunky blue or red jobs? This would be fantastic and I wonder if anyone knows someone who could lean on a manufacturer to adapt one of their existing products? I am sure there is a market now, and certainly in the near future.

    With climate change, this scenario is going to get worse.

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  • spacecase0
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    Originally posted by wrtner View Post
    Do you have a two pole three way switch to allow connection straight into your home's consumer unit?
    no, they are not for sale at the hardware stores around here...

    most people used extension cords direct to appliances...

    and others turn off the main breaker to the house and then connect the generator to an extra circuit breaker. this is clearly not a great plan as it is pretty easy to mess up and break things. I know one person that broke things this way in this outage.

    at my house, the generator gets connect into the clothes dryer plug after the main breaker to the power company gets turned off. just happens to be the easiest way for me to connect in and run everything (including the well pump).
    but I do hope to get a fancy switch at some point. would also like to build a generator room as well.

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  • wrtner
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    Originally posted by spacecase0 View Post
    I just got through a power outage in CA
    most people got by with nothing or with a tiny generator and extension cords run into the house.
    whole house generators were set up by some.

    I was all set up between solar and a generator for the well,
    was busy for 2 days solid helping others
    Do you have a two pole three way switch to allow connection straight into your home's consumer unit?

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  • spacecase0
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    Originally posted by wrtner View Post
    Our californian friends shouldbe able to get this project together if their power company is cutting supply to stopfires starting.

    they need:
    Genny head
    masses of TRS cable
    2p3w switches for aeach home
    a car
    I just got through a power outage in CA
    most people got by with nothing or with a tiny generator and extension cords run into the house.
    whole house generators were set up by some.

    I was all set up between solar and a generator for the well,
    was busy for 2 days solid helping others

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  • wrtner
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    California fires - Electricty deliberately being cut

    Our californian friends shouldbe able to get this project together if their power company is cutting supply to stopfires starting.

    they need:
    Genny head
    masses of TRS cable
    2p3w switches for aeach home
    a car

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  • wrtner
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    Hurricane Dorian. Now it is the Bahamas who are hit with power cuts:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/02/w...n-bahamas.html

    "With phone, internet and power lines down in many places, communication with the islands was difficult and firsthand accounts from eyewitnesses rare".

    This project should be capable of being got off the ground. We need someone on the ground who can act, a car, possibly ruined except the engine, cable, switches and of course, the genny head.

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  • ElectricMick
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    Originally posted by ElectricMick View Post
    Could u use an old fashioned engine governor?
    i've just discovered digital governors. there the business.

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  • wrtner
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    Hurricane Florence leaves 700k people with no electricity in Wilmington, NC
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    There seems so little between this idea and successful replications. There must be a load of wrecked cars out there which could be worked on.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Northstar were to give out a few generator heads as a charitable donation. (Lots of TRS rubber cable needed and two pole three way switches to be connected up to people's consumer units).
    Last edited by wrtner; 09-15-2018, 03:22 PM.

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  • ElectricMick
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    Could u use an old fashioned engine governor?

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  • wrtner
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    "Cruise control" looks an important part of all this.

    Does anyone know if this be retro-fitted? Can cruise control from one car be fitted to another? What, in practie and in reality, is cruise control?

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  • ElectricMick
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    Puerto Rico without power for 3 - 4 months. Also Dominica in trouble.

    a thought struck me. we do not need a car in perfect shape. could be washed into a river, half crushed or whatever. if it can be brought on to dry land, blocked up to sit fairly horiz., carb stripped and washed out, electrics dried out and checked out, bores checked for any water - Then if the engine can be made to run and there is power to any driven wheel, then we are in business !!!
    Last edited by ElectricMick; 09-22-2017, 03:23 PM.

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  • wrtner
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    Its a good solution, thx, but I have in mind providing for a street of houses, given enough 2p3w switches, plug boards and heaven only knows how much TRS cable (and a schedule to stop everyone putting their washing m/cs on at the same time).
    .
    Last edited by wrtner; 09-12-2017, 02:31 PM.

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