Yeah...I am back to the civilized world!!! Lets see, we had no lights, no phone and no water. I have to get used to it though, that is the norm when you live out here. Anyway, we got up to 2 feet of snow!!! Our back yard looks like a tornado went though it. My wife could not go to work. All the streets out of here were blocked by downed trees and limbs. I was able to go to work later in the morning, they were able to get one dirt road open
My wife's car came within just a few feet of being hit by a HUGE tree limb. We were out there cleaning the snow off the cars when we heard this loud CRACK!! We took off running, I thought the whole tree was falling. Oh well, April snow is the norm in Northeast Ohio. Talon, as for the genrator, you do not need to spend that much money..I need to get one too. A 5,500 watt generator should do the trick to power your furnace, refrigerator, some lights, sump pump and the TV. Price for those, $600-$700 depending on the store and make or model. However, I did see a whole house generator that is powered by natural gas or propane for approx $2,600. I think it was 15,000 watts which is more than plenty. This house is already set up for a generator. It has outlets on the walls that will be powered when a genrator is hooked up. I just need to go buy one now, especially after talking with my neighbor last night. He said, "oh this is normal around here. Last year, we were without power for 2 weeks once"
Time for me to go generator shopping.