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My House Flooded! What do I do? Start Here

This is a series of articles I’m writing based upon my own experience when my home flooded during Hurricane Sandy. Obviously some things will be different depending on your part of the country / world, whether you flooded from a small, local event vs. a large scale event like a hurricane that affected your entire state, etc., but I hope to give you some peace of mind and set you in the right direction.

In the beginning:

The water has finally receded enough for you to get to your house. You open the front door expecting a horror show inside and possibly get a surprise like I did and find that your house doesn’t look much different inside at all. Then you step through the door and are greet by the SLOSH sound your foot makes when it steps on the soaked carpet. Your house has flooded.

Your head swirls with a million thoughts about how much of your stuff is ruined, how much can be saved, how much is it all going to cost, how long will it take to get back to normal, I can’t believe I forgot that precious family heirloom was in the bottom of the closet, it’s ruined! Should I get a carpet cleaning machine or maybe a wet / dry vacuum to save my carpets??

You aren’t going home tonight. You’re not going to be able to go and stay home for a few months. It’s going to take a bit to wrap your head around what’s happened to you. Take a bit of time to let it all sink in, then you need to go into mental battle mode. You don’t have time to mourn or sink into despair. You are now in a race against your neighbors and your entire flooded community and the time to start is RIGHT… NOW.

Open an Insurance Claim

Assuming you have a safe, dry place to sleep for now, the first part of this race is for you to IMMEDIATELY Continue reading ‘My House Flooded! What do I do? Start Here’

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Installing A Portable Generator Outlet On Your Home

GeneratorOutlet.jpgHaving a portable generator but only using extension cords to power your home is like having a car with only one seat. It works and gets the job done, but adding more seats or in the case of the generator, adding a receptacle to your home allows you to leverage the full capabilities of your generator and live much more comfortably.

Portable Generators of about 3,000 watts or higher generally have heavy duty power connectors meant for connecting heavy loads beyond a basic extension cable. In the case of my 7,500 watt generator, it has a large four prong outlet that’s meant to connect a 30 amp cable to a receptacle.

I purchased the Reliance Controls PB30 L14-30 30 Amp Generator Inlet Box which matched the connector (L14-30) on my Champion 7,500 Watt with Electric Start  perfectly. These generator outlets are universal and generally go by the number of prongs. Smaller generators will use receptacles with less prongs, bigger generators will have more. It will often say right on the generator outlet what type of connector it uses (L14-30 in my case above).

I spent about $45 on the outlet box itself and paid an electrician Continue reading ‘Installing A Portable Generator Outlet On Your Home’

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