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WAPA is out again

 
rotorhead
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I tried to call to report the outage but all of their emergency numbers are unavailable or the mailboxes are full.

I vote for withholding payments. If the government is not going to pay their bills then why should we? If enough of us stopped paying then maybe we could get their attention. This is the fifth outage in two weeks for us.

In Beeston Hill, STX.

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Topic starter Posted : January 16, 2014 1:40 am
Stxer1
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And if they do answer the phone by some miracle, of course they have no information. Definition of totally inept while charging us record breaking rates.

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Posted : January 16, 2014 2:29 am
gonetropo
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I tried to call to report the outage but all of their emergency numbers are unavailable or the mailboxes are full.

I vote for withholding payments. If the government is not going to pay their bills then why should we? If enough of us stopped paying then maybe we could get their attention. This is the fifth outage in two weeks for us.

In Beeston Hill, STX.

Seventh in 3 weeks....we called also and no answer...at least this one was a short one.
BTW, petition being circulated by J. Thomas to petition the PSC regarding the outages on BH. Signed by all the condo owners a MdP and being circulated amongst the homeowners.

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Posted : January 16, 2014 8:51 am
vicanuck
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Now that my diesel generator is hooked up and runs the whole house, I don't care about power outages anymore.

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Posted : January 16, 2014 11:54 am
sloop jones
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I vote for withholding payments. If the government is not going to pay their bills then why should we

this suggestion is the best.

Selective enforcement of turn off for non pay , creates the possibility of legal action by those required to pay?

$ could be placed in escrow for release when VI GVT. comes up to date with their payments. as all customers are required to do.

Anyone with time on their hands to start a movement.?

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Posted : January 16, 2014 12:05 pm
speee1dy
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was out for about 20 minutes for us

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Posted : January 16, 2014 12:06 pm
IslandHops
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Yep, out about 20 mins last night through the St. John area as well. We seem to have had more than our share recently. We have a generator with auto transfer, but I'm getting tired of resetting the time/alarm on the coffee machine. Anyone know of a source for a small, cheap UPS?

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Posted : January 16, 2014 12:39 pm
speee1dy
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seems it was almost island wide here? from what i have heard from others. of course the street in front of us did not loose their power at all. they usually have power when the rest of us dont.

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Posted : January 16, 2014 2:49 pm
divinggirl
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seems it was almost island wide here? from what i have heard from others. of course the street in front of us did not loose their power at all. they usually have power when the rest of us dont.

Who is on that street that works for WAPA?

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Posted : January 16, 2014 6:26 pm
speee1dy
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exactly lol

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Posted : January 16, 2014 7:07 pm
Jim Dandy
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A coffee pot pulls 1,100 - 1,500 watts.

A small and thereby cheap UPS is good for 200 - 300 watts for short periods of time.

No way you will be able to unplug the coffee maker quick enough from the UPS and plug it into a wall outlet to make coffee and not have the clock start flashing 12:00.

Only way to make your plan work is rewire the coffee pot so the clock circuit works on it own cord which you can plug into a small cheap UPS while the heating elements are on another cord/circuit.

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Posted : January 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Tiberius
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Keep moanin' about it. That will fix it.

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Posted : January 17, 2014 12:27 am
vicanuck
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Get a generator...don't worry, be happy! I've got a 12.5 kw at home, a 100 kw at the business and a 9.5 kw spare in the warehouse.

WAPA outage? Bring it on!

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Posted : January 17, 2014 11:49 am
IslandHops
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A coffee pot pulls 1,100 - 1,500 watts.

A small and thereby cheap UPS is good for 200 - 300 watts for short periods of time.

No way you will be able to unplug the coffee maker quick enough from the UPS and plug it into a wall outlet to make coffee and not have the clock start flashing 12:00.

Only way to make your plan work is rewire the coffee pot so the clock circuit works on it own cord which you can plug into a small cheap UPS while the heating elements are on another cord/circuit.

The generator automatically cuts over in less than 15 sec. The UPS would only be in service to keep the clock set for that short period, not while making coffee, so the wattage is not an issue. The old coffee pot must have had a capacitor in that circuit because even with a brief outage it would hold the time and wake up settings. Unfortunately it died and the new replacement model it doesn't have that extra circuit - cheap buggers. I took the old machine apart to check it out. Unfortunately the way they build these things it is 'destructive testing'. I even tried contacting the manufacturer but for some reason they were less than forthcoming about how to easily disassemble and rewire their machines - go figure.

So a very small very cheap inline UPS is all that is required. Resetting the clock and wake up twice a week is getting old. (rich world problem) 😎

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Posted : January 17, 2014 3:34 pm
Beeski
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My Cuisinart Coffee Maker I got at Gallows Bay HW must have a small battery in it, because it remembers its clock and program settings for 20-30 minutes of power outage.

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Posted : January 17, 2014 3:54 pm
Jim Dandy
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I'm not sure that the UPS could handle the wattage of coffee maker even when it was running on AC. And if the power went off while you were making coffee and the UPS had to handle the full load at best it would trip its protection circuits and at worse the sudden heavy load would smoke it.

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Posted : January 17, 2014 9:30 pm
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