Portable Generator Size Requirements

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Old 02-07-10, 06:13 AM
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Portable Generator Size Requirements

I have inherited a Condo with a lot of water flowing into the sump all year long. I have twin pumps and a battery back up to keep things dry, but I would sleep better if I had a Portable Generator available. What Numbers am I looking at on the pump to buy the right size Generator?
 
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Old 02-07-10, 11:39 AM
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There should be a nameplate on the motor. It lists amperage. Multiply this number by 120 and that gives volt-amps, something akin to watts. As motors take more than the posted amperage to start, get a generator that provides at least twice the required motor rating.
 
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Old 02-07-10, 07:38 PM
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Generator Size

Thanks, I will do the math based on your formula.
 
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