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National Grid Shuts Off Gas A Week AFTER Storm!

 
Frater
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So I come home after work to my my devastation; no power but expect the usually reliable natural gas for cooking a late dinner...

No Gas, stove doesn't work at all.

So I fire up the generator, turn on the electric radiators, all is good for the moment.

This morning no gas, can't boil water to make coffee, OK so ever adaptable and resilliant (and it's been really trying!), I procede to boil water on the BBQ.

Stupidly I grab the meatl handle on the pot and get a fortunately mild burn, severe cursing ensued and then I notice my neighbors gas meter has a big lock thing on it.

I lost it, which i rarely do, went to my meter found the same big lock thing on it, swared profusely and proceded to turn it into scrap metal with a vengance in about thirty seconds (I'm an aircraft mechanic). The thing was about as tough as a master padlock.

I resisted the urge to do the same to my neighbors and he can do that if he wants, he's capable.

So anyway for 7 days following Sandy I've had gas and now they turn it off? If they really cared they have swam down here and turned it off during the storm or the day after.

WTF? Like i havn't been in the basement and turned the gas off to the flooded devices 6 days ago...

Really pissed me off but am now drinking coffee made on the stove :)

I'll live with the ramifications if any, they can bill me for the lock.

Best Wishes,

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Hang in there, Frater hf
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That's fucked up OP but no better way of going about it I'd say.

Good job!applause2
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That's fucked up OP but no better way of going about it I'd say.

Good job!applause2
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Id say they just missed your house when they were in the area... lucky you.

If your neighbors ask... tell them to pay their fkn bill next time and it won't happen to them.
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They are shutting off the gas to houses in areas when the electricity supply is about to be restored to prevent the possibility of spontaneous fires in houses with water damaged power systems.

As soon as power is restored for a few house the gas supply will be unlocked.



New Jersey Natural Gas said it would shut off gas to the hurricane-damaged barrier islands south of Point Pleasant Beach to Seaside Park, as well as Long Beach Island, affecting 28,000 customers. Electricity will be restored to the area once the gas is shut down, the company said.

[link to www.nbcnewyork.com]
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My daughter lives in NYC and they ran out of oil (her heat source) in her large apartment building that was NOT in the evacuation zone! Her landlord told her the oil delivery is being delayed because of the hurricane???? Large apartment building... Really?
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Your area will not recover until spring.
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Get a grip. People have lost their lives and their homes in this storm. So you're are put out a little. Grow up. You still have a home. What about the people in Breezy and on the Jersey Shore ? I'm sure they would love to trade places with you.
Would you rather have your house blow up when your neighbor has a gas leak ?
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Very easy to cause an explosion when they are restoring power etc,safer to shut it off.Also another storm on the way tomorrow and they are expecting more damage from that.Most likely it was off as a safety precaution.
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Am I to understand that the Gas Company just shut the gas off at your home, but you got it back on? So it isn't that they shut the gas off to the whole neighborhood?

I'd still think they are doing the prudent thing. It is good you know the dangers and how your appliances work--but many people don't.

If your neighbor's home caught fire it could burn your whole neighborhood down.

If you help a neighbor turn their gas on I'd make sure they have done what is required to keep your whole neighborhood safe.

Trying times--but hopefully a wake-up call to everyone in the country to what a major power grid failure would be like--weeks of months---Prepare.
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Sounds suspicious, like they want people to be without heat for the storm. So you were able to get your gas back on? They may be monitoring peoples gas usage. Be careful with that.
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So it isn't that they shut the gas off to the whole neighborhood?

 Quoting: stillhere


if they turn if off to whole area, they can get air pockets drawn into it, which means more headaches....


WAY TO GO OP!
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Re: National Grid Shuts Off Gas A Week AFTER Storm!
So I come home after work to my my devastation; no power but expect the usually reliable natural gas for cooking a late dinner...

No Gas, stove doesn't work at all.

So I fire up the generator, turn on the electric radiators, all is good for the moment.

This morning no gas, can't boil water to make coffee, OK so ever adaptable and resilliant (and it's been really trying!), I procede to boil water on the BBQ.

Stupidly I grab the meatl handle on the pot and get a fortunately mild burn, severe cursing ensued and then I notice my neighbors gas meter has a big lock thing on it.

I lost it, which i rarely do, went to my meter found the same big lock thing on it, swared profusely and proceded to turn it into scrap metal with a vengance in about thirty seconds (I'm an aircraft mechanic). The thing was about as tough as a master padlock.

I resisted the urge to do the same to my neighbors and he can do that if he wants, he's capable.

So anyway for 7 days following Sandy I've had gas and now they turn it off? If they really cared they have swam down here and turned it off during the storm or the day after.

WTF? Like i havn't been in the basement and turned the gas off to the flooded devices 6 days ago...

Really pissed me off but am now drinking coffee made on the stove :)

I'll live with the ramifications if any, they can bill me for the lock.

Best Wishes,

Frater
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coffee4 Great Job! There'd be hell to pay if I didnt get my coffee too.

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What did they say when you called them?
I believe they shut it of for emergency reasons, while they are fixing something else.

Its like when they are fixing power lines they have to shut of certain ares so they can complete the problem. Then they restore power to everyone on the same line. Its not an easy task....Hang in there.
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Don't forget, Sandy was a gift from above for Obama.

It's like saying a nuke going off would be a "gift from above" if it helped their messiah in the polls.

NBC NEWS' SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: HURRICANE MOMENT 'HANDED TO OBAMA FROM ABOVE'

[link to www.breitbart.com]
 Quoting: Super Bowl Dave


I wonder why Drudge is not pounding on the continued desperation of people in the impacted areas... he has switched over to election coverage when he still has an ooppourtunity to bring the issue to the public.
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I would have done the same thing...In the future to save your BBQ gas...take off the grill part and place your pot with water directly onto the burner...and yes watch the hot handle:))
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Keep strong, Frater. We're praying for you! hf
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perhaps there is water in the system and if the gas flows from the service into your gas appliances and ruins them, You'd be worse off.

Just a thought (im a gas engineer)
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I've got a half dozen backpacking/camping type stoves and plenty of fuel. Buy them while you still can.....
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The storm is heading in the direction of the NE. This time, it could be slower and remain in the area longer.

I suggest you pack up and position yourself with a bunch of 5 gallon cans filled w/High Octane Gas.

Secure some HEET to make a stove.

[link to zenstoves.net]

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The storm is heading in the direction of the NE. This time, it could be slower and remain in the area longer.

I suggest you pack up and position yourself with a bunch of 5 gallon cans filled w/High Octane Gas.

Secure some HEET to make a stove.


[link to zenstoves.net]


CE
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Re: National Grid Shuts Off Gas A Week AFTER Storm!
So I come home after work to my my devastation; no power but expect the usually reliable natural gas for cooking a late dinner...

No Gas, stove doesn't work at all.

So I fire up the generator, turn on the electric radiators, all is good for the moment.

This morning no gas, can't boil water to make coffee, OK so ever adaptable and resilliant (and it's been really trying!), I procede to boil water on the BBQ.

Stupidly I grab the meatl handle on the pot and get a fortunately mild burn, severe cursing ensued and then I notice my neighbors gas meter has a big lock thing on it.

I lost it, which i rarely do, went to my meter found the same big lock thing on it, swared profusely and proceded to turn it into scrap metal with a vengance in about thirty seconds (I'm an aircraft mechanic). The thing was about as tough as a master padlock.

I resisted the urge to do the same to my neighbors and he can do that if he wants, he's capable.

So anyway for 7 days following Sandy I've had gas and now they turn it off? If they really cared they have swam down here and turned it off during the storm or the day after.

WTF? Like i havn't been in the basement and turned the gas off to the flooded devices 6 days ago...

Really pissed me off but am now drinking coffee made on the stove :)


I'll live with the ramifications if any, they can bill me for the lock.

Best Wishes,

Frater
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That's the spirit Frater. Have to be able to smile through the BS.
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Re: National Grid Shuts Off Gas A Week AFTER Storm!
So I come home after work to my my devastation; no power but expect the usually reliable natural gas for cooking a late dinner...

No Gas, stove doesn't work at all.

So I fire up the generator, turn on the electric radiators, all is good for the moment.

This morning no gas, can't boil water to make coffee, OK so ever adaptable and resilliant (and it's been really trying!), I procede to boil water on the BBQ.

Stupidly I grab the meatl handle on the pot and get a fortunately mild burn, severe cursing ensued and then I notice my neighbors gas meter has a big lock thing on it.

I lost it, which i rarely do, went to my meter found the same big lock thing on it, swared profusely and proceded to turn it into scrap metal with a vengance in about thirty seconds (I'm an aircraft mechanic). The thing was about as tough as a master padlock.

I resisted the urge to do the same to my neighbors and he can do that if he wants, he's capable.

So anyway for 7 days following Sandy I've had gas and now they turn it off? If they really cared they have swam down here and turned it off during the storm or the day after.

WTF? Like i havn't been in the basement and turned the gas off to the flooded devices 6 days ago...

Really pissed me off but am now drinking coffee made on the stove :)

I'll live with the ramifications if any, they can bill me for the lock.

Best Wishes,

Frater
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I'm with you 100% buddy. That's reasonable action and self reliance in action. hf
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Man, that sucks big time. Honestly, I am really going to remember this for future reference.

Guard dog? Chain? Meter? lol

I wonder if it is legal to put your own lock around the shut offs? Keeping them out until they talk to you personally.
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Man, that sucks big time. Honestly, I am really going to remember this for future reference.

Guard dog? Chain? Meter? lol

I wonder if it is legal to put your own lock around the shut offs? Keeping them out until they talk to you personally.
 Quoting: --Voltaic--


Yeah, taking the comment from someone above into account -- get the same model lock and lock your service in the ON position. Guess they did it wrong on your house, oops.
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Man, that sucks big time. Honestly, I am really going to remember this for future reference.

Guard dog? Chain? Meter? lol

I wonder if it is legal to put your own lock around the shut offs? Keeping them out until they talk to you personally.
 Quoting: --Voltaic--


Yeah, taking the comment from someone above into account -- get the same model lock and lock your service in the ON position. Guess they did it wrong on your house, oops.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27121505


Exactly
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Get a grip. People have lost their lives and their homes in this storm. So you're are put out a little. Grow up. You still have a home. What about the people in Breezy and on the Jersey Shore ? I'm sure they would love to trade places with you.
Would you rather have your house blow up when your neighbor has a gas leak ?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25180363


My daughter lives on the Jersey Shore. Word is that they won't be back in their homes, if there is no damage, or if they're still standing, for 6-8 months. She's not complaining...just going with the flow. My grandson's school was 9 miles away. The roads to the school are destroyed. Now they will have to drive around 20 miles to his school...whenever it opens. No word yet.
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No comment from OP on his actions? Great for his "hot coffee fix", dangerous for the community at large. Typical.

I wonder what the penalty is under martial law?
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Re: National Grid Shuts Off Gas A Week AFTER Storm!
So I come home after work to my my devastation; no power but expect the usually reliable natural gas for cooking a late dinner...

No Gas, stove doesn't work at all.

So I fire up the generator, turn on the electric radiators, all is good for the moment.

This morning no gas, can't boil water to make coffee, OK so ever adaptable and resilliant (and it's been really trying!), I procede to boil water on the BBQ.

Stupidly I grab the meatl handle on the pot and get a fortunately mild burn, severe cursing ensued and then I notice my neighbors gas meter has a big lock thing on it.

I lost it, which i rarely do, went to my meter found the same big lock thing on it, swared profusely and proceded to turn it into scrap metal with a vengance in about thirty seconds (I'm an aircraft mechanic). The thing was about as tough as a master padlock.

I resisted the urge to do the same to my neighbors and he can do that if he wants, he's capable.

So anyway for 7 days following Sandy I've had gas and now they turn it off? If they really cared they have swam down here and turned it off during the storm or the day after.

WTF? Like i havn't been in the basement and turned the gas off to the flooded devices 6 days ago...

Really pissed me off but am now drinking coffee made on the stove :)

I'll live with the ramifications if any, they can bill me for the lock.

Best Wishes,

Frater
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Where are you located Frater?
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My gas stove is hooked to a 30kg cylinder on the back porch, 1 months worth under normal use. I thought self reliant types were prepped to be 'off the grid'?

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