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12-04-12, 05:42 PM
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Posted By placekicker

According to this study by the federal...

According to this study by the federal government, 10 feet is not far enough to keep you safe from Carbon Monoxide if any window is open.

"For the house modeled in this study, a generator...
12-01-12, 03:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 34,839
Posted By placekicker

According to the web site below, gas actually...

According to the web site below, gas actually goes stale in as little as 30 days. Itís that ethanol (see the site below for more information on gas going stale). Use Stabil or something similar in...
Replies: 12
Views: 1,321
Posted By placekicker

Keeping your generator dry is important. They're...

Keeping your generator dry is important. They're not designed to get rained or snowed on or ice-stormed on. There's a good chance that when the power goes out, the weather will be miserable. It's...
Replies: 12
Views: 1,321
Posted By placekicker

It would be helpful if you can post how you're...

It would be helpful if you can post how you're going to use this.

Is this for backup power to your home? If so, are you going to use extension cords to power a few lights and appliances, or are...
Replies: 6
Views: 4,932
Posted By placekicker

You'll need to provide more information. Did the...

You'll need to provide more information. Did the engine stop, or did the engine continue to run, and the power stopped?

How old is the generator, and what type of condition was it in? Any rust? ...
Replies: 14
Views: 26,605
Posted By placekicker

Hope you guys are doing well down there on Long...

Hope you guys are doing well down there on Long Island by this time.

"Great advice. I was actually well prepared for this storm(except generator). I will be even more prepared for the next one." -...
11-17-12, 06:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 14,863
Posted By placekicker

There is another factor with generator power...

There is another factor with generator power beyond the frequency (hertz) variability and the voltage changes: Total Harmonic Distortion (THD). THD is essentially the variability of the generator...
Replies: 14
Views: 26,605
Posted By placekicker

A few words of warning about generators,...

A few words of warning about generators, particularly the inexpensive ones:

My neighbor sells and repairs small engines from his barn - he has a staff of four. During an ice storm, I had power,...
Replies: 19
Views: 96,625
Posted By placekicker

Generator Shelter

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Hereís my generator shelter, made in part from wood (including pressure-treated 6 by 6 beams) that were washed into my field during Hurricane Irene.

Since I took these pictures, I have...
Replies: 25
Views: 2,097
Posted By placekicker

My opinion is different from the rest, and I know...

My opinion is different from the rest, and I know Iíll get some disagreement.

I made my generator decision a year ago when I set up a gasoline-powered portable generator (6700 watts), connected...
11-02-11, 09:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 12,657
Posted By placekicker

Thanks - a voltage sniffer seems to be the...

Thanks - a voltage sniffer seems to be the cheapest way, although I'd love to have a buzzer or LED light wired to the main somehow (if that's possible) and run upstairs when I get richer.
11-02-11, 08:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 12,657
Posted By placekicker

I just had a manual interlock kit installed, and...

I just had a manual interlock kit installed, and would also like to have some way of telling me that power has returned (hard to see the neighbors house from here).

The electrician said he could...
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