It’s been a wild and crazy week here in southeastern Pennsylvania. In December I made a post extolling the beauty of a recent snow storm. This past week I saw the furry of mother nature as multiple winter storms pummeled the Philadelphia area. On Wednesday a 1/4 inch of ice fell on the Philadelphia suburbs that brought down power lines and trees leaving many people literally out in the cold. Unfortunately I too was left in the dark, but thankfully I have a portable generator. With temperatures dropping into the low 20s (F) at night I hard wired the house furnace (natural gas) into the portable generator to heat the house. I took the power cord from a Cisco 2950 and cut off the C13 end, striped the ground, neutral and hot wires, shutoff the breaker at the house panel and wired in the power cord to the furnace. It wasn’t rocket science, so the following night I wired the water heater (natural gas) so we could take a hot shower. Last night we finally got our power back after almost 72 hours in the dark.
Have a look at what the ice did to the beautiful pine trees in my backyard.