Tuesday, September 17, 2013

transformers-more than meets the eye


TRANSFORMERS-MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

The regular reasoning in prepper/survivalist circles goes like this: Those raghead/rice eaters will lob a nuke up into the atmosphere and EMP our ass.  Or, the sun will vomit a huge solar flare and EMP our ass.  And then those humongous transformers in every city block or outside big buildings, so prevalent you don’t really ever notice them ( the ones the size of several refrigerators that distribute power after transforming it down to a reasonable- I want to say ‘voltage’, hope that is correct ), they all blow up spectacularly.  And then, because as a society we collectively have our heads up our ass because it is far better that a few bankers and CEO’s have third houses on the beach than we keep strategically important industries safely at home, we have to go shopping at the OTHER rice eaters to replace all of them and that might never happen because the manufacturing capacity is only for regular cycles of replacement or a known amount of yearly growth, and that includes domestic supply over there in Asia so we might go to the bottom of the list with an asterisk indicating they’d only begin to consider it if we paid in actual gold instead of Obammy Bucks.  Which assumes we have any gold left which is peeing yourself levels of funny.

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However, I submit to you my beautiful and loyal minions, there is far more to worry about here.  And that is the itty bitty transformers.  The ones you see on nearly every power pole, the white ones a few feet tall.  In 1992 when Hurricane Andrew came through the south ass end of Florida, it damaged quite a bit of these small transformers.  Then, EVERY SINGLE spare transformer in the ENTIRE nation was sent to Florida to replace them.  Which in turn caused a one year shortage GLOBALLY.  We are not set up to replace the small transformers, not at any significant level.  1992 was a fairly decent economy compared to today.  Oil was far more affordable.  There were far more resources available.  And the entire global capacity to replace transformers was found lacking when a few units perished in a natural disaster in a small area.  Come EMP from whatever cause, there will be about zero recovery, ever, except in very tiny areas, because of the transformers.  You can bet on that.

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Ah!, you leap up and point a quivering finger at me.  The odds of EMP are pretty damn low, so why worry?  Why put diminishing resources towards a non-problem?  Oh, exactly.  That is what has already been decided.  But wait!  Does anybody else see an opportunity here?  I submit to you that come a revolution, small pole transformers are a perfect target.  Everywhere you look, a target rich environment.  And they can’t all be guarded.  The enemy is just as dependent on grid electricity as we are.  I don’t suggest we start a revolution.  Far from it.  Let the Feds die in the crash they caused.  But if you are forced to act defensively, such as civilian murders as guerilla activity reprisals, keep this in mind.

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24 comments:

  1. check your paypal thingy

    bigunsfan

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  2. A very astute tactical observation, Lord Bison. I had not thought of the smaller street-side transformers as important victims / targets.

    Considering how (in)frequently the things actually need to be built, it makes sense that there are not 10,000 of them sitting in a warehouse somewhere. Assuming there is a bit of JIT theory going on with how many are produced, each state in the US probably gets a couple dozen a year.

    Think about it: You only need new transformers to replace the old transformers, or you may only need new transformer if you're building a new mcmansion housing tract where the city dump used to be. So, either way, the demand is not *that* feverish, and probably fairly predictable.

    In my own personal evolution, I'm still trying to get to Level 2 of THE ONE AND TRUE PATH of Survivalism by utilizing solar panels and rechargeable batteries, coupled w/ LEDs. Of course, that means I have to sell off the oil lamps that I foolishly bought during my first year of pulling my head out of the sand...but hey, we all make mistakes.

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    1. I'll wager I made more mistakes than most- but folks only want to hear from perfect alpha dogs so I can't be a teacher. Back when you could buy a drum of keroscenr for under a buck a gallon those lamps might have made sense. You didn't have much alternative. Now, though...

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    2. And look hard at switching out your solar batteries of the standard lead acid sort with the Edison nickel iron batteries- proven life times of 60+ years, needs only lye and distilled water to maintain. There is a manufacturer here in the western USA I think it is called 'ZAP works'.

      Monocrystalin solar panels also last longer than the polycrystalin type. Buying a pallet of them if you come into some extra cash isnt a bad idea.

      Dont forget your spare fuses and chargers.

      -Grey

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    3. At a grand plus for those batteries, I won't be buying any.

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  3. So that's what happened. Where I use to live, the power company had a huge supply of transformers, power lines, and such in a fenced in yard the size of a football field. Then one day, poof! All gone and never replaced.

    I think we're in much worst shape if something ever happens to the grid.

    Now on to the ebook Breakers. Got it, hope you got your $00.03.

    It's not bad, but I can't says it's good. If I was 12, maybe then.

    I can see the author knows nothing about firearms, the military, homesteading (Just 2 months of work and instant homestead that fills all your needs!), gasoline, farming, dogs and much more.

    Take Shawn and his nerd brother.

    Everyone dies. They build a shitty cabin and a shitty hole to shit in. Walk to the other side of the mountain to get water? Really? A drunk and a nerd doing all this?

    They live in Moscow, ID. The banana belt, filled with farms, ranches, and cabins. Their in the Survivalist/militia paradise and can't find an survivalist/off grid homestead? They raid farms and only have one shotgun and one handgun? They don't hunt/fish/trap? They kill all those soldiers and can't pick up one poodle gun? Bears are around and can't find a decent rifle?

    And of course, the aliens, small in number, decide the US is the best place to set up their colonies and not some islands?

    Don't get me going about Walt, the physco stalker in training and that Feminazi with the 8 yr degree in music that never sings, plays an instrument, or listens to music.

    It's like reading Doomsday Preppers, but the preppers are even more retarded.

    Still, it chews up some spare time and was only $00.99.

    MICoyote.

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    1. The book isn't without issue. It is "doomer-lite" more than anything else. Complete entertainment, not instructional. But at least it is in the ballpark, like the "Enemies" trilogy.

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    2. Never fear part four sucks even worse , but I'll read it anyway. Just cuz there are only so many of these type books to be had and they all impart wisdom in their own various way.

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  4. October 15 I'm disconnecting completely from the grid. Been about 80% solar electric for 20 years, but now it's time to cut the cord. Of course, if everything goes down, my system won't last long. No problem. I've a well that overflows year round.

    Most people have no idea how fragile our systems are. They've been running on duct tape, bubble gum and spit for years.

    In a pinch, we could tool up and make all that's needed here, but it would have to be done before a crash. Can't bootstrap from nothing.

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    1. Now that the window is open for Chinese cheap solar, never been a better time to jump in or complete total use. I can't believe the differance ten years makes in cost. Course, you still need to drastically downside your electrical needs.

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  5. Good idea. Just be sure the ones you destroy don't hurt your base sentiment population. Hit the Blue counties next to you :)

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    1. I was kinda thinking if the destruction goes widespread, it will be the same as an EMP. Then the Feds are on stockpiles only and won't last long. Hopefully a county goes then copycatting takes it nationwide.

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  6. I used to remove used transformers from factories that were either shutting down or already closed. Legally of course. First of all for the layman you are right about them transforming line voltage to a voltage more suitable to the needs of the equipment they serve.

    Secondly there are far more transformers than most people realize. Even a phone charger. fills that purpose. Solar panel controllers may fall in the same category as far as EMP is concerned. But there may be a way out.

    Simply buy a mechanical voltage regulator used to control the charging system in most vehicles pre 1975 and wire into your panels after the controller bites the dust.

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    1. And of course, a spare in a Farady cage made from a cookie tin ( wrap the device so it doesn't touch the metal inside ).

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    2. I wonder if a simple static bag of the type that sensitive electronics ship with, would serve as sort of a crude Faraday cage?

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    3. Yes and no,
      if the EMP effect is little enough, it will be protective as long as kept closed.
      I would recomend onion layering of important back up electronics. The foil electronics bag, followed by a thick plastic or paper bag followed by another solid conductive layer followed by another insulative layer, etc etc, make this of enough layers and you should have your electroics safe. Please note though that EMP events may occure once, OR more than once and your electronics will last only as long as you have spares.
      Since LED's Solar Panels, Chargers, etc are sensitive electronics that can be taken out by EMP lightning, moisture, etc, you had better have several well protected spares, and plans for what to do when those spares are all used up as they will eventually be.

      -Grey

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  7. Lord Bison of the Great Basin and King of Coiffure;

    Thank You for the inspiration to expand the likely target of opportunity listing of commercial/industrial level electrical supply spares to include not only transformers, but cables, creosote utility poles, lift trucks, and of course the personnel who dedicate their lives to maintaining said electrical infrastructure. This is a golden opportunity to attain parity with the banker masters with a few swift strokes, instead of incremental siege warfare of attrition. James, I swear it's like your channeling your inner Sherman to make Georgia Howl, like a whipped dog. Thank You for the insight. Keep keeping it real James!

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    1. I kinda amazed myself on this one. Just don't expect it every week.

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  8. One reason i think elkida is a crock of shit is all our intr-structure is vunrabule but is unharmed.Look at whats on the news they dont care what the price benafit is as long as it makes the news and instills fear and terror.In iraq its churches markets schools.We have all those here plus the power structures to much to list if the treat was 1 10th as bad as what we have been told there would be bombing every day.As for the transformers the goverment wont care if grandma,s oxagen generator wont work they will canabilize the system so they have power.

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    1. We could destroy faster than they can cannibalize. They need computers for drones and satalites. To pump their deisel to the attack Hummers needs electric. To process their food, to store it. Etc.

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  9. How are we going to be any better off if we take out the leaders. People are asshats (as you always like to point out) and most WANT leaders. Heaven forbid that people should actually think on their own.

    Even if you got rid of every government official, the people would find someone else to take their place. Eventually, the new boss ends up being the same as the old boss i.e. 'Animal Farm'.

    Face it, we are doomed to have idiots and psychopaths as leaders -- the people demand it!

    Idaho Homesteader

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    1. If you clense the current leaders, the next leaders will be a bit more polite. Lessons of the French Revolution.

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  10. Are the conductors attached to the small cans long enough to build up the energy to wipe them out? Don't seem to recall this stated as being the case in the small amount of research done.

    And I will repeat: the evidence for problems from a huge solar flare is strong. The evidence from the relatively very weak emp, is very weak. Nothing like getting your science facts from fiction and unsubstantiated speculation- which is exactly what Newt and company have been doing.

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