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Two questions

This is our septic tank during installation. It is a complex beastie operated entirely by a finicky computer. Oh, how I wish I was kidding. We had to agree to this to buy the house. If the power goes off for more than a day or so, we cannot shit.

It is my belief that the power will go this winter. Maybe for only a few hours at a time. Maybe longer. I am partial to the occasional shit.

So we’re looking to buy a generator. Uncle B is excellent at researching these things, but I thought I’d ask if anyone had insight.

We’re thinking something small, sufficient to power one thing at a time. Like, plug in our two freezers until they’re down to temp. Same with the fridge. Plug in the shit tank for an hour until it does its thang. We’re not trying to run the whole shebang off a generator.

Just thought I’d ask.

Unrelated, it came up in the comments of the previous thread what supplements people were taking to ward off the coof. My own regimen was zinc, magnesium, C and D (with quercetin on hand in case I needed it). I ran out of C recently, went to reorder and thought…how long am I going to do this?

Well? How long are you going to continue your covid supplements?

Oh, and don’t forget – Dead Pool tomorrow. Be here. Or don’t.


Comment from Ancient
Time: August 25, 2022, 7:43 pm

I have switched to EGCG instead of Quercetin. I take it every day with C, D, & Zinc. I haven’t had a flu or cold since I started doing this two years ago, but I haven’t been sick either. I like the idea of not getting a virus every year, or every couple of years.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 25, 2022, 8:31 pm

I’ll probably carry on with magnesium, zinc and D at least, because I’ve read most people are deficient.

Comment from Downwind of Seattle
Time: August 25, 2022, 8:41 pm

Small Genset – easy to move, easy to use for other things, smaller tank to go bad when you forget about it.
Large Genset – pick a spot and leave it, larger tank to run longer but also more to go bad.
In either case, get something like this so you’re not running extension cords all over the place: https://www.amazon.com/Reliance-Corporation-31410CRK-10-circuit-Generators/dp/B000HS2L3O/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=generator+transfer+switch&qid=1661459931&sr=8-10

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: August 25, 2022, 8:57 pm

We’re sticking with the vitamins fiveever. If it keeps me from getting the garden variety ungained function American Cold it’s all good. We’ve been pretty healthy since this stupidity started so why mess with it.

I suspect Y’all who were covid vaxxed probably have to stick with it forever too because despite their claims, it’s probably tinkered with your DNA. Just sayin.
The word Thalidomide keeps coming up every time I think of their damned rush to get mRNA drugs out there so they can use it for everything and the kitchen sink in the future.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: August 25, 2022, 8:59 pm

I’ve got a 20 year old Honda EU2000i generator that kept two refrigerators and a few lights on for 47 hours back in 2018 during the “Public Safety Power Shutoffs” from PG&E(spit) here in CA. Very quiet, reliable. Holds a gallon or so of gas, so has to be fed regularly. I named her Champ, I was so impressed. Around $1000 US.

Comment from p2
Time: August 25, 2022, 9:12 pm

I run a small Firmin 3750 watt genny when the lights quit. 5 gal (650,000 metricliter) tank will run it continually for 12-14 hrs (.500–.625 dayunits). Power fails here regularly; this unit ran the freezer & fridge simutaneously just fine. I don’t bother during the winter as freezer stuff goes on the back porch & fridge stuff into the garage. Think I paid $250 US (£ who the hell knows anymore?)for it 3 years ago.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: August 25, 2022, 9:57 pm

I find the concept of a cyber septic tank as perhaps being a bit too much. One shudders at the thought of what happens when a chip goes out. Let alone, getting a replacement chip from China and having it either back ordered or stuck on a container ship somewhere.

Long ago when the world was new, we lived in a cabin in the mountains way above [over 10,000 feet] and to the southwest of Buena Vista, Colorado on Tin Cup Pass. Like your place, built over time; the main part of our cabin was built in the 1870’s with later add-ons. It was, when built, the stagecoach station for the route over the pass. It was added to, and other cabins were built nearby. There were neither sewer systems nor septic systems. We all used a shared well for water, and for toilet purposes I had to dig a county-legal permitted outhouse to be allowed to move in.

6’x6’x 10′ deep, concrete lined, and with an appropriately equipped building over it. Let us say, I was younger and had more strength and endurance. It was about as basic and uncomputerized as you could get. I assume though, that you and Uncle B get to stay inside during the process. In the winter, going to it was a touch chilly. And there was the occasional bear in the area to watch out for.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from RD
Time: August 25, 2022, 10:14 pm

I bought a WEN brand inverter-generator through Home-Depot. 2350 watts, reasonable quiet, very easy to start, only 40 lbs. I’ve only done testing and maintenance start-ups every 6 months, but so far it starts on 1 or 2 pulls.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: August 25, 2022, 10:28 pm

We have a 3000 watt Honda here, it’s nice and quiet and will run a fridge or freezer or computers and the internet. We originally got it to run the sump pump because we have a lot of ground water here and it runs year round…the Honda won’t run the sump pump though. So we got a 10,000 watt generator from Costco…super powered but loud as hell and goes through a lot of gas. Runs the sump pump or anything else though.

My sister is looking at a natural gas generator for her house…if you have natural gas lines in your area, it might be worth considering, lot less hassle than gasoline or diesel…we don’t have gas lines here where we are.

We had that ice storm here in 1998 and the electricity was out for weeks so it’s worth being prepared for the worst, especially now with their man made energy crisis.

Comment from thefritz
Time: August 26, 2022, 1:09 am

I live in Florida in the winter and sunny N. Michigan in the summer (don’t hate me…) so I think I get enough natural D from that orange orb. I still started taking D along with C, zinc and quercetin cuz everything I was reading was saying it was the key to building a strong immune response. I forgot to mention in my previous post that I did start a topical magnesium application as lots of D tends to reduce your magnesium.
Anyway, I’m curious about Ancient’s EGCG mention…will do some research.
I plan on keeping the supplements going as I too have not had so much as a headache since soaking my cells daily with my vitamin cocktail.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: August 26, 2022, 1:40 am

Hubby and I have been doing the quercitin, vit c, vit d and zinc daily routine since we recovered from the initial round of what I am very certain was COVID in Dec 2019. He was sick, sick, sick and lost taste and smell. I was just sick. We both swabbed neg for flu and were told “it’s just a bad cold.” We were both left with a dry, hacking cough for the next 3 months. Haven’t been sick since despite multiple cross country trips since then. We either achieved some potent antibodies or the cocktail works.

As for emergency power, we had a whole house generator installed right after we moved to FL. Generac, natural gas fueled, 23kw of power on demand. My fat ass will be sitting in air conditioned comfort no matter what Mother Nature dishes out.

Comment from dissent555
Time: August 26, 2022, 2:00 am

Dang. I heard about the anticipated higher electricity rates in Europe and thought immediately of you folks in the UK.

Those quiet Honda generators sound pretty good. But what happens when the illuminati take away our petroleum products – in order to “save” us.

Comment from OldFert
Time: August 26, 2022, 2:05 am

I take b, c, d, zinc, magnesium, a b-and-lutein and other stuff combination my retina doc recommeded, and other junk prescribed and otherwise.

Live in hurricane country, bought a whole-house jennie a couple of years ago. Comes on automatically when the power flops for more than a few seconds. We’re all-electric so had to add a big propane tank to service the jennie.
It’s been worth it, though it was pricey.

Comment from Gordon R. Durand
Time: August 26, 2022, 2:57 am

I make my own tonic bitters with honest-to-goodness fever tree (cinchona) bark I buy online. I know they all say that your run-of-the-mill gin and tonic doesn’t provide a therapeutic dose of quinine, but I like to think mine does.

Comment from lauraw
Time: August 26, 2022, 3:11 am

If you regularly eat meats, dispense with the zinc supplements if you are not actively ill; too much zinc can cause a copper deficiency and attendant immuno- and neuro problems. There’s plenty of absorbable zinc in meats for healthy people. Set those supps aside for when our betters decide we can’t have meat anymore.

Prophylaxis for covid is the same as for keeping your health up against most other respiratory viruses that attack the mucosa. D is critical. Keep it up and love your life.

Here is a great link with data, data, data: https://c19early.com/

Finally, lady Weasel: From my own hard experience. Bite the bullet and get a bigger generator than you think you will need. Trust me.

Comment from lauraw
Time: August 26, 2022, 3:30 am

That first item at my link, Iota-carageenan, is delivered as a nasal spray. It is also an ingredient in modernist cuisine, used as a gelling agent. So presumably inside your sinuses would be modernist masterpieces of infection-fighting snot.

It’s exciting to think about.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: August 26, 2022, 1:13 pm

Psst, Stoaty! Gordon makes his own quinine. This is a serious development.

Comment from thefritz
Time: August 26, 2022, 1:53 pm

Reading through all the comments on supplements and aux. power, I was struck with the realization…Swease’s imaginary internet friends all seem to share in a common trait—personal responsibility. Imagine that! See y’all back here for the Dead Pool.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: August 26, 2022, 3:38 pm

I take magnesium, D3 and a multivitamin every day…working pretty good for me. Lot of people seem to be getting weird sinus infections and things like that, weird for summertime, anyway.

Comment from Allen
Time: August 26, 2022, 8:29 pm

I run a 22kW system powered by a 4 cylinder engine, I need that much for the high voltage fence zapper to keep the unwashed at bay.

Seriously though, for small loads a 2 kW system will probably fix you right up. That’s probably the way to go for your stated goals.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 27, 2022, 4:58 pm

Thank you for your help here, fellow minions – that was very helpful. And yes, Allen, I agree – 2kW will probably suffice for us. Haven’t decided which yet, but it possibly won’t get a lot of use. Not enough to justify Honda’s prices anyway. Maybe a Champion.

Comment from BJM
Time: August 27, 2022, 5:32 pm

We too bought a Generac whole house generator powered by a 500 gal propane tank when PGE started their “public Safety-cover-their ass” shutoffs.

We also installed a solar panel for the well as a backup for the backup. You gotta have water.

Stoaty, you might research composting terlits…but I think a generator is a good idea if you have freezers. Keep in mind that you must store enough fuel cuz when the power goes down the petrol stations will shut down too. PGE shut some people off near the main transmission lines for two+ weeks.

We have a friend who is in the fire protection bidness and he set up a system to use the pool water to defend the house. So I hope we’re good.

Comment from D
Time: August 28, 2022, 1:55 pm

Uncle Badger –
See if there are lightly used generators around. Many people buy them, find that putting in a cutover switch is spendy, then find that the little thing never gets used, then sell them off. Some of them can be converted to run on natural gas, if you have that; as long as the gas is on your generator will run. Or perhaps a 20lb propane tank, which will last about 5 hours?

We have cut back on the staggering number of vitamin pills we were taking as covid talismans, but we’re still doing a daily multi, 5000IU D3, 1000mg C, a K2, B complex, and a small magnesium. I’m working on finishing the last nascent iodine drops too.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 29, 2022, 6:25 am

Thanks, D. After much fat chewing, Her Stoatliness and I have more or less decided to opt for LPG (maybe even dual fuel) as we have no mains gas here. I’ll start looking for a used one, too.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: August 31, 2022, 8:59 pm

Sweas and Uncle B,

You might want to a) speed up getting that generator, and b) be ready to hide it and run it clandestinely. The latest from a new California law is that they are about to be banned completely in a couple of years, which means that other Leftist states are going to follow suit.


As Britain might do also since it inconveniences/endangers HM’s subjects for the sake of Mother Gaia. Which means manufacturers will stop making them.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 2, 2022, 7:27 am

Oh, the irony! The one I’m thinking of buying is made by a Californian company. These people are really quite mad, aren’t they?

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