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Quick update:
Took 56 hours for them to turn the power back on.
Got the house warmed up and the busted water line capped.

Supposedly, a new law has been passed that they will no longer do indefinite blackouts. If they kill power to a section of the grid it will be in intervals.
That's a relief, glad to hear. I'm looking at a Generac whole house stand by generator. We lost all our grass fed beef and 2 refrigerators of food last year, I've been considering one since March 2020. It's a ton of money but I see it adding value to our home and giving us piece of mind.
Hopefully things will get back to normal soon for you.
 

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That's a relief, glad to hear. I'm looking at a Generac whole house stand by generator. We lost all our grass fed beef and 2 refrigerators of food last year, I've been considering one since March 2020. It's a ton of money but I see it adding value to our home and giving us piece of mind.
Hopefully things will get back to normal soon for you.
best 7K you will ever spend :serious:
 

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This is bringing back bad memories of the ice storm we had a while back, has to be almost 13 years now. We live in a rural area, we were without power for 2.5 weeks. I ended up borrowing a large generator from the construction company I worked for, powered my house and the neighbors. Wish you guys the best.
 

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Leaving work this morning it was 34 degrees. It felt like a heat wave compared to the single digits we have been having.
 
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Sadly to say I can’t trust dealer service or independent shops. I just purchased everything I need to do all my maintenance on my wife’s car and my SUV. I had a screw in a tire on my Subaru, I went to a reputable independent in town and showed them the screw. They said it was repaired. 2 weeks later light back on same tire. I think they just put some air in it a week later light back on went and talked to the owner. He said I will personally take care of it. A few minutes late he comes out and shows me a half in of a rusted nail and said it’s fixed and we did it for free. I knew the nail he showed me had no sign of being in a tire. A week later light back on. Take it to tire store and talk to the manager he said the patch they patched the original spot from the screw and the patch wasn’t put on correctly. Problem solved. My new Subaru had two free oil changes where I purchased took 3 hours both times to get oil change and tires rotated. Went to another reputable dealer and paid $100 for oil change and tire rotation. They over filled the oil. Now they call for another appt and want $187 for oil change tire rotation and air filter. I said no thanks. I pull my Subaru up on ramps to check out where the drain plug is located and my plastic cover covering the drain plugged had been tossed so that would not have to take 1 minute to remove it. I’m done. I have a 7 yr 100,000 mile warranty really just hope I don’t have the need for warranty repairs and that’s the world we live in unfortunately!!!


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You and are completely aligned on this subject. The only time any of my vehicles are touched by a mechanic is when it's covered by warranty.

I have no trust auto repair shops or the dealer. I worked at a dealership in the parts department when I was younger and I know the kind of compromises and rushing that goes on there. Even some of my warranty work done by my coworkers turned into disasters.

I do everything at home and since we have more than 2 cars, there's always a spare vehicle to drive if it takes more than a day to complete the repair. But I also grew up with a Family of car mechanics so I was wrenching on cars very young.

The only exception for me, right now, is that I stretched the head bolts, running too much boost on my track car and I'm going to pay a specialist to buildup my engine to handle more abuse. I've built several engines throughout the years, but have no interest in this one.
 

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The frustrating part is you come from that industry and know how easy it is to do the job right. It isn't rocket science but you would think it was after watching some of these idiots. For tires, I have had the best luck with Discount Tire. They at least make it right when they do screw up.
 

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The frustrating part is you come from that industry and know how easy it is to do the job right. It isn't rocket science but you would think it was after watching some of these idiots. For tires, I have had the best luck with Discount Tire. They at least make it right when they do screw up.
Discount Tire has been decent for me, as well. The only exception was when they ruined a brand new forged wheel. It took some effort, but they made it right and bought a new wheel. I brought the wheels there brand new in boxes after I had already inspected them so it was hard for them to claim that it was already damaged.
 

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Good to know that, because that’s the reason I quit purchasing from them.
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