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Post  Chook on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 7:19 am

I've been away from home all week for work in Mt Gambier, "living it up" in a pretty basic but comfortable apartment.

You've probably all heard that yesterday afternoon the whole of SA lost power pretty much all at once.
I left the office/shed about 3:45 to go and get changed and head to the gym for a while before a colleague (also from Adelaide) and I were to meet a former colleague who has retired down here at the pub for tea. 
5 minutes later I arrived at the apartment to find out I had no power, speaking to reception I found out the whole town, 30,000k+ was out (that was quick)

My daughter sent me a text to tell me they had just lost power in Adelaide, 460km away, by the time I tried to ring her, my son and my other 1/2 they had no phone reception either.

I rang the retired local to see what he wanted to do for tea now there was no power, he said, no worries, come around and I'll fire up the BBQ"
Off we went to Woolies to see if we could get anything, most other shops seemed closed, we were greeted with a packed carpark, packed store and strangely enough, looking over towards the meat section, there was no one there. We did a dash to find the 3 large display fridges were completely empty except for a couple packets of burgers, some plain bbq sausages in massive bulk packs and 2 smaller gourmet sausage packs, it was like the apocalypse had hit Mt Gambier. The gourmet snags were ours and then it was off to Dan Murphy's to be guided into the cold room with a torch to get a carton of Super Dry 

Ended up having a nice evening with a couple of mates eating by candle light, I woke at just after midnight to take a leak, while I was in the small room the power finally came back on. I had a text from home, they got power back about 9:20 and all was ok for them.

We forget how much we rely on power, mate needed LPG for his car, he could fill but no one could take payment on the fuel card without power, most shops had to shut, just a couple of big ones with back up gen sets stayed open, no traffic lights during Mt Gambier's "peak hour rush" was bad enough, larger cities would have been chaos.
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Post  #Tag on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 5:48 pm

You could have all lined up and blown at the wind generators.
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Post  paul on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 6:09 pm

Sounds like worse to come tonight ...........

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Post  Chook on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 6:12 pm



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Post  Chook on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 6:14 pm

#Tag wrote:You could have all lined up and blown at the wind generators.
SA has a shit load of them, lucky they didn't take off!!
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Post  Chook on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 6:18 pm

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Post  paul on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 6:24 pm

I know what they were really doing ................. Laughing



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Post  #Tag on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 6:32 pm

Hehehe  zero emissions snort chuckle  (I probably should have used an emoticon but my computer hasn't run out of ink )
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Post  Chook on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 6:42 pm



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Post  Re-Cycled on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 9:59 pm

There's the problem... erectile dysfunction! Razz

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Post  paul on Thu 29 Sep 2016, 11:41 pm

@Re-Cycled wrote:There's the problem... erectile dysfunction! Razz
Something else we can blame the Pollies for  Razz

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Post  barry_mcki on Fri 30 Sep 2016, 1:36 am

@Chook wrote:




Science, an answer for everything.  

Keep safe Chook and all our SA friends.
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Post  paul on Fri 30 Sep 2016, 8:56 am


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Post  Chook on Fri 30 Sep 2016, 6:41 pm

This is at a Friend's farm in the Mid North, there's something a bit wrong here ................

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Post  paul on Fri 30 Sep 2016, 8:20 pm

lol!  I think they must have put the float valve in back to front  Laughing

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Post  Bosco15 on Sat 01 Oct 2016, 7:55 am

Those transmission towers look very light weight and a little flimsy compared to the ones I see locally. 
The concrete footings look similar to my front fence. 
I think that someone has been watching Better Homes and Gardens.

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Post  reddog on Sat 01 Oct 2016, 11:11 am

Yeah might be made of Chinese steel. Our towers down in the south west of WA leaving the power stations nearby are very heavy duty and have survived many heavy winds including various small cyclones which have flattened bush land all around them.


Hopefully all our SA members are safe and there's not too much property damage. We've just got another storm front hitting WA now, so hopefully it calms down before it gets across the bight.
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Post  BanditDave on Sat 01 Oct 2016, 11:19 am

Yep, that's what you get when you sell off state owned assets to private enterprise.

Everything is done on the cheap to maximise profits. Those transmission towers are probably kit sets from China.

Bring back government ownership.

Another good example is Tasmania.
When I lived there in the 1970's I think they had sufficient hydro power to easily power the entire state plus some surplus to sell "overseas".
Privatise the resource and it runs out.
If the goal is 24 hour power supply then hydro power can provide that and more, followed closely by coal power.

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Post  paul on Sat 01 Oct 2016, 12:03 pm

@reddog wrote:Yeah might be made of Chinese steel. Our towers down in the south west of WA leaving the power stations nearby are very heavy duty and have survived many heavy winds including various small cyclones which have flattened bush land all around them.


Hopefully all our SA members are safe and there's not too much property damage. We've just got another storm front hitting WA now, so hopefully it calms down before it gets across the bight.
Thanks ...........we only lost a few branches @ home and had an early minute from work with no power ,but it certainly was a strong storm & some people copped it really bad ............more forecast for next week , but hopefully not as bad as this one . Oh well , time to try out my new chipper / mulcher  cheers

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Post  Chalkie on Wed 05 Oct 2016, 12:05 am

Hope the chipper isn't electric! Very Happy
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Post  paul on Wed 05 Oct 2016, 8:49 am

@Chalkie wrote:Hope the chipper isn't electric! Very Happy
Luckily the power Gods were shining us that day  Laughing

(I've been thinking of fitting a generator to the wife's exercise bike so she can peddle us up some electricity if the power goes out again  Razz )

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