In NH, we get frequent blackouts, to the point that many a household
hasgenerators. I’m this close to getting one as well. Having
survived multiple blackouts, quite a few for 4 days or so, I can’t
cease and desist working, so I do my work by candlelight. Amazing
how 10 or 15 candlescan provide a lot of light. Thank goodness
torchs only need gas to operate. Of course, battery-operated LED
lamps are great as well, and both candles and lamps get regular use.
If I read, I have candles or lampson each side of me, and book in
middle, reading away the long dark nights.
Oh, as a tip, if I do frequent lighting up my torch, I keep a candle
on my soldering bench, and can light my torch with the candle,
during production times, when I have to turn off and on torch every
60-90 seconds. A Torch-Mate is a great friend if you have a painful
thumb and the good ole flint striker is a bear to use. My Torch Mate
is battered and looks like crap but still working after 9 years.
We are so dependent on electricity, it’s embarrassing. Even I need
electricity, to recharge my rechargeable batteries to operate my
cochlear implant processor. I won’t be living in an area that has no
electricity, that’s for sure. Otherwise, I can’t hear and it’s not a
Joy - let’s hope we don’t get a major ice or wind storm this winter,
after the epic 2008 ice storm and the 2010 wind storm.