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    Grandmaster longbow's Avatar

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    Generator/ emergency power skills and information

    Share what you know, need to know, wish you had, or don't do what I just did.

    I'm trying to pull ideas together. Post pictures or links, and costs if you dare.
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  2. #2
    Plinker

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    Be sure to keep your generator ready for service by not stuffing it into a garage corner and forgetting about it. Start it up in the Spring and Fall. Use Sta-bil. Spend the money on a good generator so that it works when you need it.

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    Grandmaster 4sarge's Avatar

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    Mine is in place but I need the Breaker box & disconnect hard wired in. Should be simple enough for someone familiar, it's straight thru the wall to the generator
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    Keep'em Scary Sharp!!! WhitleyStu's Avatar

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    Use a transfer switch.
    Get a generator big enough to handle you needs, but not too big that you are wasting fuel running it and only using a small protion of its out put.
    Keep the generator maintained so when it is needed you don't have to work on it.
    Keep battery charged.
    Keep fresh fuel in it (not an issue if running on LP or natural gas).
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    Stabil, and turn off the fuel and let it run out of gas after testing so no gas sits in the carb and gets it gunked up.

    Store plenty of fuel and have cash to buy extra not credit.

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    Grandmaster jeremy's Avatar

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    Use 2 generators with a transfer Switch between them. Run 1 for 24 Hours then switch to the Second Generator, powering the 1st one down for Preventative Maintenance and minor repairs...

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    Shooter

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    I bought a used military mep-003a diesel generator. Much cheaper than a new generator that isn't half the quality of mine. I also wired a light on a switch on the line side of my transfer switch so I can look out the window and see if my line power is back up.

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    Expert Icarry2's Avatar

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    Not an expert, I just get paid to play with wires once in a while.

    Rotate your fuel, for instance I never leave my genny full of fuel, I know there are arguments for both ways, it's just what I do. It is treated. I drain the winter gas into a can I use for my lawnmower and put fresh treated gas in the genny.

    I run my home off of mine a few times a year to make sure everything is still right.

    As mentioned, if you buy too big of a genny for the normal low load you have your just going to waste fuel. Stay half to full load.

    Keep your load balanced, if you don't know what that means pay an electrician to do anything and everything to your system.

    Make sure to change your oil and filter if equipped. Run your genny and let it get warm before you change it. Makes sure to gather and thus remove any condensation inside your engine.

    Keep spare plugs, filters, oil, air cleaner, etc. Even if you have two genny's.

    Inverter types are more effcient and quieter but cost way more.

    Do not run your genny in an attached garage or a garage that will be occupied. CO2 can build up even if you can't smell fumes. Extending exhaust for a small engine may cause problems.

    Secure your genny. I use the big thick cable locks that cost about $10. They are hard to cut with those cheap harbor freight bolt cutters where as a log chain or pad lock isn't..

    Keep a fire extinguisher near the area it is ran just in case.

    Shut your unit down periodically, let it cool and refuel and check oil level. Even if equipped with a low oil level or pressure sensor to shut the unit off. They do fail or go bad..

    Keep a log with hours ran, number of starts, maintenance and spare parts, costs and sources in it. Nice place to put the manual. A three ring binder for all of your equipment. When is the last time you changed the oil, when did you last inspect or change the plug, when did you last perform a load test, how much fuel did it burn at what load..

    Cover it for storage. Once it is completely cool of course, it will hide it from any persons who might venture into your garage or storage area.

    +1 for the light on the incoming line.

    Don't run the genny at night.. Even in the winter, if your heating with electical power, fan blower, etc just get up and run it to heat the house up then shut it off and go back to bed.. It's a waste of fuel and wear and tear on the genny. Keeps the neighbors happy and no one will want to steal it.

    OH and finally, do not loan it to anyone, especially family who then won't return it and claims it for their own..
    TJ
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhitleyStu View Post
    Use a transfer switch.
    Get a generator big enough to handle you needs, but not too big that you are wasting fuel running it and only using a small protion of its out put.
    Keep the generator maintained so when it is needed you don't have to work on it.
    Keep battery charged.
    Keep fresh fuel in it (not an issue if running on LP or natural gas).
    Or ensure that it is a good battery.
    IE. Once a quater pull out the gen, run it, make sure everything still works, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
    Stabil, and turn off the fuel and let it run out of gas after testing so no gas sits in the carb and gets it gunked up.

    Store plenty of fuel and have cash to buy extra not credit.


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    Expert bigus_D's Avatar

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    I am trying to figure out a proper solar / alternative / battery solution. One that I can setup for a reasonable price and expand as needed.

    Love having a whole house genny setup on my propaine, but also want an alternative so I can have power without running that 24/7

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