posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 11:21 AM
First things first………
Never assume that everything is completely dead.
Go out to my big van. Check to see if it will crank over.
No, then change the starter solenoid and repair as needed.
When it will crank over, check for spark.
No spark, then check the ignition coil, and replace the TFI ignition module as needed with spares I have on hand.
When I get spark, then check the brain to see if it gives a coherent response.
No response, then disconnect the brain because the engine system the van has, will run without the help of the brain (feedback carburetor) all be it,
not a smoothly.
Start van, and check for proper charging.
No charging, then check and repair the alternator system as needed.
Repeat diagnostics for car. I have a spare brain and a full set of spare sensors and electronics on hand for that one.
Go to every small engine I have, and check for spark. Make note of which ones work, and which ones don’t. Check all the spare magnetos I have
sitting around. If a critical engine(generator) doesn’t have a spark, then see if I can find a working magneto that can be used on it. Replace as
Delegate one of the two generators I have that has points type ignition to refrigerator duty to keep the frozen food usable until it can be eaten.
Get one of my old tube type HF transceivers on the air and see how the rest of the world is doing.
Test all 12V and battery powered equipment one at a time to see what is still functioning and what is not. Do basic triage diagnostics on the stuff
that is not functioning properly to see if it is a simple fix, or a difficult one. Delegate repair time over the coming days depending on difficulty
and how critical the item is that needs
Use a working generator to start powering up 120v equipment one at a time to see what is still functioning and what is not. Do basic triage
diagnostics on the stuff that is not functioning properly to see if it is a simple fix, or a difficult one. Delegate repair time over the coming days
depending on difficulty and how critical the item is that needs repaired.
Most of my neighbors will have already been working at checking functionality of various equipment, so I will head out to help them.
After all that is the primary concern is salvage and delegation of available spare parts through the local neighborhood.
If it is summer, then all is fine.
If it is winter then firewood gathering will become a community chore.
Long term situations. Communications with the power company and local utilities to see if they need any help that the local community can provide
(diesel powered water pumps, disconnecting all electric loads, exec), and the status of the utility systems. (water, power, and gas)
Take all available information in, and work from there.