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(PennLive)   Hey, an electric company is planning a scheduled outage overnight when temperatures are near sub-zero, what's the worst that can happen?   (pennlive.com) divider line 131
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2013-01-22 08:22:42 PM  
what's the worst that can happen?

They roll doubles and land on Water Works?
 
2013-01-22 08:54:24 PM  
They can't do this during the [warmer] day when most people are at school or work, or when seniors can get to out of the house and to someplace warm?
 
2013-01-22 08:54:31 PM  
The dinosaurs get out?
 
2013-01-22 08:54:42 PM  
Your house shouldn't freeze THAT quickly. If it does, you're probably paying a fortune to heat it and you should invest in insulation. Put on a sweater.
 
2013-01-22 08:55:10 PM  
Throw on an extra blanket when you go to bed and shut up. People go without power for more than 4 hours quite often in the winter when snowstorms bring down power line deal with it.
 
2013-01-22 08:55:46 PM  
superradnow.files.wordpress.com

70s Morgan Freeman is a heartless bastard.
 
2013-01-22 08:56:52 PM  
blogs.uoregon.edu
 
2013-01-22 08:57:58 PM  

FizixJunkee: They can't do this during the [warmer] day when most people are at school or work, or when seniors can get to out of the house and to someplace warm?


Well, it says that it is an emergency. Some switches failed this morning, and they probably have them jumped, but they have to take the mains off the line... it's the radiation.
 
2013-01-22 09:00:55 PM  
Crank wanted for questioning.
 
2013-01-22 09:01:02 PM  
"an emergency outage scheduled by Met-Ed."

Emergency...scheduled...hm...
 
zez
2013-01-22 09:01:23 PM  
Also, it's not like a stupid rolling blackout for the hell of it, they need to shut stuff down for a bit so they can replace a broken part. Since they said 4 hours it will probably take only 2 so then everyone will say, "wow! That was fast!"
 
2013-01-22 09:01:32 PM  

FizixJunkee: They can't do this during the [warmer] day when most people are at school or work,


The schools are probably reliant on the same switch. I would guess they are doing this at nights specifically so people can go to work and school the next day.
 
2013-01-22 09:02:02 PM  

miss diminutive: what's the worst that can happen?

They roll doubles and land on Water Works?


I say let this needed repair go, what's the worst that can happen.
 
2013-01-22 09:03:30 PM  
Could be worse, out here PG&E blows up entire towns.
 
2013-01-22 09:04:19 PM  
it's 4 hours, so people who live in tin shacks are gonna get cold. people with poorly insulated houses might want to wear something warm to bed, or at least throw on another blanket. the worst that could happen? someone will wear an ugly sweater. at least they won't have to wear it outside.
 
2013-01-22 09:04:25 PM  

gadian: Your house shouldn't freeze THAT quickly. If it does, you're probably paying a fortune to heat it and you should invest in insulation. Put on a sweater.


^ This..
 
2013-01-22 09:05:00 PM  
what's the worst that can happen?

They ignore the problem and end up with a much longer, unplanned outage.
 
2013-01-22 09:05:26 PM  
In my house, the daytime setpoint is 68F and the nighttime setpoint is 60F during cold months. Temperature switches automatically at 11PM and 6:45AM with my fancypants Honeywell thermostat.

I wake up at 6:45 and the temperature usually is 62 or thereabouts with an outside temperature of 20F. Temperature equilibrium is logarithmic- that is, the closer the inside gets to the outside temperature, the longer it is going to take for the temperature to drop another 1degree. If your house gets dangerously cold in less than 24 hours there is probably nothing between the walls and the windows are open.
 
2013-01-22 09:05:30 PM  
Residents are advised to bring charcoal grills inside and light them to generate heat. Be sure to close all outside windows and doors tightly to maintain warmth.
 
2013-01-22 09:06:22 PM  
Hey, you guys!

You don't need power, do you?
 
2013-01-22 09:06:30 PM  
images.wikia.com
 
2013-01-22 09:07:01 PM  
They should stick to planning unscheduled outages.
 
2013-01-22 09:08:58 PM  
near zero is cold, but near sub-zero is deliciously cold.
 
2013-01-22 09:11:22 PM  

FizixJunkee: They can't do this during the [warmer] day when most people are at school or work, or when seniors can get to out of the house and to someplace warm?


you mean when schoolds and businesses want to be open and street lights should be working?
 
2013-01-22 09:11:24 PM  
I wish when my electric was off I knew when it would come back on so I could either sleep tight or find a warm place.
 
2013-01-22 09:12:32 PM  
dailypicksandflicks.com
 
2013-01-22 09:13:31 PM  
I'll save my outrage for when the power company charges these customers extra for 4 hours of lost profits
 
2013-01-22 09:14:52 PM  

theMightyRegeya: "an emergency outage scheduled by Met-Ed."

Emergency...scheduled...hm...


That's how redundancy works sometimes. Our backup system is holding, but it's at capacity so we need to bring it down at a predetermined time to fix everything. Happens all the time.
 
2013-01-22 09:14:52 PM  
Adding an 'R' turns an outage into an outrage! Thanks, Letterman!
 
2013-01-22 09:17:53 PM  

denbroc: [blogs.uoregon.edu image 635x476]


You owe me one keyboards and something to wipe my monitor off with please.
 
2013-01-22 09:20:58 PM  
Ever heard of heavy pajamas and an extra blanket?

/Lived through the '98 Ice Storm in Eastern Canada
//No sympathy
 
2013-01-22 09:21:46 PM  

zez: Also, it's not like a stupid rolling blackout for the hell of it, they need to shut stuff down for a bit so they can replace a broken part. Since they said 4 hours it will probably take only 2 so then everyone will say, "wow! That was fast!"


The Scotty strategy.
 
2013-01-22 09:24:04 PM  

nmemkha: [superradnow.files.wordpress.com image 850x330]

70s Morgan Freeman is a heartless bastard.


Yep, first thing that went through my mind too.
 
2013-01-22 09:25:19 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-22 09:25:53 PM  

zez: Also, it's not like a stupid rolling blackout for the hell of it, they need to shut stuff down for a bit so they can replace a broken part. Since they said 4 hours it will probably take only 2 so then everyone will say, "wow! That was fast!"


^^That^^
About two weeks ago some guy wacked into a distribution box and blew out power for about 2hrs. They scheduled a 5hr outage for that night @8 to replace the burnt out box for a permanent fix. Power was out for just over 3hrs.

Plus, who knows, if they leave the temp fix in it may cause bigger problems taking longer to fix.
 
2013-01-22 09:26:02 PM  
Crank all heat sources to 11 until outage goes into effect.
 
2013-01-22 09:27:22 PM  

BigLuca: nmemkha: [superradnow.files.wordpress.com image 850x330]

70s Morgan Freeman is a heartless bastard.

Yep, first thing that went through my mind too.


-1,000,000 for "Hey," instead of "Hey you guyyyyyyys" subby.
 
2013-01-22 09:30:48 PM  
No natural gas heat? Are they savages in the tropics?


This will make some people just crank up the heat prior to the outage causing the sytem to be overloaded and go down early.
 
2013-01-22 09:31:39 PM  

Watubi: I'll save my outrage for when the power company charges these customers extra for 4 hours of lost profits


well/// they are probably going to do that if history is any way of judging expectations
 
2013-01-22 09:32:06 PM  
www.homedepot.com

50,000 BTU/hr wall furnace. $594 at Home Depot. Put one of these in the house, and you won't be cold when the power goes out.

/Not recommended for primary heating in very cold climates, but good for a backup
//Is the primary heat source for older houses in the Southwest, including mine
 
2013-01-22 09:32:14 PM  

Happy Hours: No natural gas heat?


You still need power to run the blower and control systems.
 
2013-01-22 09:32:52 PM  
It's not the cold that kills you, it's having to reset the time on the microwave
 
2013-01-22 09:32:56 PM  
Persons dependent upon powered medical devices: suck it.

/not going to get a generator for a CPAP.
 
2013-01-22 09:33:11 PM  

Happy Hours: No natural gas heat? Are they savages in the tropics?


This will make some people just crank up the heat prior to the outage causing the sytem to be overloaded and go down early.


most natural gas heaters use electricity if for nothing else the fan
 
2013-01-22 09:34:06 PM  
People lived without electricity for millions of years. These people will live for 4 hours.
 
2013-01-22 09:35:44 PM  
t0.gstatic.com
 
2013-01-22 09:37:16 PM  
Bundle your ass up and sleep through it.. Kinda sucks, but 4 hours isn't that long. Your house will have residual heat for the larger portion of that anyways.

If your hot water is electric too though and you get up early for work, that's gonna suck.
 
2013-01-22 09:38:00 PM  

Thrag: Could be worse, out here PG&E blows up entire towns.


I was going to click "funny," but remembered how bad that catastrophe really was and had a sad.
 
2013-01-22 09:38:13 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Adding an 'R' turns an outage into an outrage! Thanks, Letterman!


Thread win!
 
2013-01-22 09:38:32 PM  

buzzcut73: [www.homedepot.com image 300x300]

50,000 BTU/hr wall furnace. $594 at Home Depot. Put one of these in the house, and you won't be cold when the power goes out.

/Not recommended for primary heating in very cold climates, but good for a backup
//Is the primary heat source for older houses in the Southwest, including mine


what powers it?
 
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