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Gunhippie
So, last Wednesday just before three PM, the power went out here at the brewery. I was back in my shop and heard a very loud BOOM from up front.

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That truck--full of our beer--was heading out just like he has been three times a week for years.

Seems that a company called Chrystal Broadband has hung some fiber-optic cables all over town about over the last year--they're not actually hooked up to anything but the power poles--and the cable was hung too low. In the 100+F heat last week, the cable had sagged enough for the truck to catch the cable, bringing down an entire power pole with all three of our transformers!

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I didn't know that a fiber-optic cable was that strong! Needless to say, the power was out for a while!

Obviously, no more brewing today. Can't run the kitchen, either, as the exhaust fans won't work, so we had to shut the pub, too. Without the line chiller running, draft beer was getting hot and foamy real fast, as we have 45 feet of beer trunk exposed to the sun between the beer cooler and taps. Fortunately, I have a cooler full of bottles and ice in the Van at all times, just for emergencies like this.

Powerlines were down across all three entrances to our parking lot, so we improvised an escape route through a neighbor's yard and escorted the customers out. Fun times!

PP&L crew showed up about an hour and a half later--they had to come out here from Pendelton, about 130 miles away, so they made some damned good time!

First estimate was that the power would be back on by 5:30PM. I had turned off all main breakers on our numerous breaker boxes, as the surge when the power was restored has blown things up in the past. Not on my watch!

I opened a beer and sat back to watch. Around 6:00PM, I was updated that the transformers had to be replaced and the power would be back about 10:30PM, so I finished my beer and went home to grab a bite to eat.

We had two big fermenters at high fermentation, so myself and the brewers had rigged the cooling jackets for those two up to the city water, which did a great job of keeping them from running away and ruining a lot of lager.

I got back at about 10 PM so I could get our refrigeration systems up and running before we lost a lot of beer and the food in the kitchen.

About midnight, I was told the power was back on. The linemen left instanter!

I started to turn on the breakers in my shop first. I hit the main on one of the big 3-phase boxes and BOOM! A bright flash and lots of smoke as all the breakers blew! I grabbed my Fluke and tested the voltage--520 volts, where it should be 240!

Called the linemen again (it helps that the foreman is the father of one of our staff). About twenty minutes later, they were back. Seems that the lines in Wallowa county run at several different voltages, and they used the wrong transformers. Wait for more transformers to be delivered.

About three AM, I decided that there would be no sleep tonight, so made some coffee on the 426A:

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Water is for pre-heating my Thermos and travel mug. Torch is my stove quick-starter. Still too hot for a lantern, so light is by my WWII US Navy Battle Lantern.

I'd just finished my first cuppa at about four AM when I was told again that the power was back. This time, I checked voltages before turning on any breakers! All good... except that that first 520 volt surge had blown a lot of expensive equipment.

I spent what was left of the night in the bed in the van. Back up at seven AM to start fixing things.

Three Variable Frequency Drives @ an average of $700 each, several surge protector strips and a router for my shop computer were hors de combat:

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The one in the middle really blew up. There was oil from that big silver capacitor over about half the brewhouse. If you need a VFD, don't buy a Lentze. The other two, both over 25 years old, died quietly. TB Woods, sad to say, no longer exists.

Our power sucks out here and this wasn't my first rodeo, so I had spares on hand for the VFDs, as the brewery doesn't run without them.

We had the entire brewery up and running by mid-afternoon and I went home to get some shut-eye!

Interestingly, I discovered that Nikon Transfer, which is part of my photo work-flow, won't work without a good internet connection. I've been running my shop computer on the pub wi-fi until this afternoon, which was very sketchy way back here in the shop. Finally got the router replaced and Nikon Transfer works again, so I can work with pictures again!

PP&L will be replacing all the blown equipment, fortunately, and our business insurance will cover the lost income from being shut down for 24 hours.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
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SteveRetherford
some pretty serious WOE !!!
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Smudge
That's a long time for a power outage, but that 426A looks like a nice stove to help get through it. When those transformers on the poles blow, it's a hot oily flaming spectacle. 
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D421
PP&L lawyers will have fun with the cable company.
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Bumpkin 95
Oh man that’s sure some mess it sounds like. What about the driver.  That poor soul expecting things would still be high enough to fit under just like always. Did he get the blame or the company that hung the fiber cable? 
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SteveRetherford
get some overtime pay :-) that had to be a long night , cant imagine working the next day .
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1hpycmpr
Oh no, not the surge protectors!  Glad to hear you folks kept losses to a minimum, Timm.  At what point did the “fun times” become not so fun?  Sounds like a royal PITA!
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sourgasjohn
Send lawyers, guns and money, the s**t  has hit the fan!
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D421
You need to get the brewers to start work on a 520 VOLT IPA.
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Bob1774
Too bad it happened, but goes to show if you are prepared, things turn out better than if not prepared.  From the cold brews in you cooler, the back up tech stuff, it sounds like you navigated it about as well as anyone could have guessed.  Perhaps you need to get a generator that runs on ethanol?  The brewery could add a micro-distillery so there is always an abundance of fuel, and sell whats not needed for hooch.
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BSAGuy
Crazy story, Timm.  Good that GPA's aren't voltage-sensitive.
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Whitegas Extraordinaire
Glad no one got hit with the flash. You can bet the oil with metal in it was ridiculously hot.
There’s some shared liability there. POCO owes you equipment! 
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Gunhippie
D421 wrote:
You need to get the brewers to start work on a 520 VOLT IPA.
Dominic


Now, that's a damned good idea!

Apparently, the collapse of the pole took the power off so fast that the transformers didn't actually blow up. They just broke when they hit the ground. Good thing, as the truck driver was a nimwit and immediately got out of his rig and tried to clear the wires hanging all over it by hand. Turns out, those wires carry 1,200 Volts and all the Amps you could ask for. He could easily have been a smoking pile of ash.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
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Vintageish
Arghhh.
You're due for a dull day at work pretty quick!
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Gunhippie
Bumpkin 95 wrote:
Oh man that’s sure some mess it sounds like. What about the driver.  That poor soul expecting things would still be high enough to fit under just like always. Did he get the blame or the company that hung the fiber cable? 


Dipstick Broad band company. Like I wrote, he's in and out at least three times a week for years and this never happens. Besides, I suspect that the broad band fiber company is a complete scam. That fiber cable ain't attached to anything but the poles, and it seems they never had permission for that!
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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outlawmws
Wow! Quite the spectacle! 

You are lucky you didn't catch something when the circuit breakers blew (I'm assuming they blew apart  -not deigned for THAT voltage!
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Gunhippie
Breakers seem to have survived just fine. Square D rocks! But, man, the flash from the box....

My father had a friend who dropped a screwdriver into the buss of a nuclear sub. He didn't have a face, and not much in the way of hands. Strangely, he was also a very successful tool salesman.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Ridge Runner
I hate it when that happens.

Definitely not your typical day at the office! That sucks pretty bad, but parts can be replaced, glad no one was hurt in the mix of things.

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Hoffy1039
Somebody was prepared and knew how to deal with issues....you must be from eastern Oregon!!!
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DougA
It sounds like the show has only just begun, though, for the follow-up legal wrangling with the fly-by-night broadband company and the power company and the trucking co's insurance and the brewery's insurance.  Break out the popcorn and sit back and watch.
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uvarmint
It’s staggering to me how prepared you were for something that seems unimaginable to happen.

Way cool Timm.
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Gunhippie
DougA wrote:
It sounds like the show has only just begun, though, for the follow-up legal wrangling with the fly-by-night broadband company and the power company and the trucking co's insurance and the brewery's insurance.  Break out the popcorn and sit back and watch.


It can be soooo comforting to be able to say "Not my job!"

Steve: We have horrible power out here. This is the third time I've replaced a couple of those VFDs. We're also a long ways from anywhere, so if I don't have critical spares, we don't brew.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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austin65uri
Good write-up.  Glad no one was injured.  At least the event took your mind off COVID 19 for a while.
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Chucker
Whatever life is like in that county, it ain't boring Timm. Good preparedness man. 
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Preparedness starts with a state of mind.  If you live in denial, you won't prepare...

Timm clearly does not have that problem...
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kb0hae
Not a fun day Timm, but a great example to the rest of us that it pays to be prepared!  Glad no one was hurt!
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BSAGuy
Your tale reminds me of these sad sacks, Timm.  Hopefully they have Terminal Gravity in their jugs!


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DougA
Yet another idea for a triumvirate of new IPAs to follow the 520 Volt one: Gloom, Despair and Agony! 
DougA  ... fettler and keeper of a family collection of nickel: a 249, a pair of 237s, and a 1938 228B, along with a late 1979 red 200a.  Then two more turned up, a 1941 243A and a 1944 242C, and now there's a b-day 200A lantern, too!.
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Gunhippie
DougA wrote:
Yet another idea for a triumvirate of new IPAs to follow the 520 Volt one: Gloom, Despair and Agony! 


Maybe not the best names for beers these days!

So, to top things off, the internet has been out since shortly after noon. The internet guys we use said it was because of a fire on the ridge where the transmitter is. Problem being, that ridge is clearly visible from here, and there is no fire. Obviously back on now, but why lie about something everyone can see? Not even running for office.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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DougA
Gunhippie wrote:
So, to top things off, the internet has been out since shortly after noon. The internet guys we use said it was because of a fire on the ridge where the transmitter is. Problem being, that ridge is clearly visible from here, and there is no fire. Obviously back on now, but why lie about something everyone can see? Not even running for office.

The seems to be the method of operation for nearly everything these days.  Back in December some packages I was expecting via FedEx were AWOL and my cousin, who had sent them, called FedEx to find out what was going on.  She was told that deliveries were delayed "because of snow."  Only thing is, the weather was pretty quiet in December, and this is Buffalo after all, and it takes quite a bit of snow to slow things down here.  When in doubt and you can't explain something, lie.
DougA  ... fettler and keeper of a family collection of nickel: a 249, a pair of 237s, and a 1938 228B, along with a late 1979 red 200a.  Then two more turned up, a 1941 243A and a 1944 242C, and now there's a b-day 200A lantern, too!.
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