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#284055 - 03/14/17 03:41 AM Re: Power Outage (caution: Dark Subject) [Re: Ian]
MoBOB Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ian
The aluminium will shield the electrical component of the electromagnetic energy but it cannot shield the magnetic component.

Transmitted radio waves consist of both and one cannot exist without the other. (It's complicated)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_field
It does spin out of control rather quickly.
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#284056 - 03/14/17 04:07 AM Re: Power Outage (caution: Dark Subject) [Re: Ian]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
Originally Posted By: Ian
The aluminium will shield the electrical component of the electromagnetic energy but it cannot shield the magnetic component.

Transmitted radio waves consist of both and one cannot exist without the other. (It's complicated)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_field


Interesting! Thanks for the info. I stand corrected.

Added bonus: I guess this means my tinfoil hat actually works! grin

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#284058 - 03/15/17 01:36 AM Re: Power Outage (caution: Dark Subject) [Re: MoBOB]
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Registered: 03/08/03
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Loc: East Tennessee near Bristol
Plus it doesn't mix with copper wires or the connectors made for copper. They expand & shrink from heating at different rates which will loosen connections.

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#284065 - 03/15/17 10:03 PM Re: Power Outage (caution: Dark Subject) [Re: hikermor]
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We finally had a whole house generator installed. It uses natural gas, so we can run it indefinitely (pending oil & filter changes).

The thing that prompted us was that when the power goes out we (1) lose heat, (2) lose our well pump, thus water, and most importantly, lose use of bathrooms.

Not cheap, but it adds peace of mind.

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#284101 - 03/27/17 11:07 AM Re: Power Outage (caution: Dark Subject) [Re: KenK]
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Registered: 10/08/05
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We had a transfer switch installed a while back for the same reasons... water, heat, toilets, sump.

Cost was hundeds (not thousands) and absolutely the best money we have spent in years. Now any generator including our portable can run the essentials without pulling out appliances and dangling cords through windows.

HIGHLY recommended.
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