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12-16-11, 02:30 PM
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Posted By rtpatter

Update

Just to update I got my Generac xp8000e 8000 running watts 12000 surge hooked into the breaker box using and interlock kit and a reliance power inlet box. I was able to run both AC...
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Views: 2,595
Posted By rtpatter

How many hours will a factory refrub generator last ?

I just purchased a factory refurb GeneracXP8000E when I opened it up I noticed it already had 86 hrs on it. I know that how long anything last is dependent on maintenance, operating conditions, etc....
12-06-11, 01:14 PM
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Views: 5,223
Posted By rtpatter

Auger01 - I'm not sure what type of hard start is...

Auger01 - I'm not sure what type of hard start is on the units I just rememeber my ac guy saying that they both had them. How is your portable wired into your circuit panel?
12-06-11, 09:57 AM
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Views: 5,223
Posted By rtpatter

I think you answered my question so the cables...

I think you answered my question so the cables and inlets can accept a surge without tripping. The size of my air units were discussed and listed in an earlier thread here:
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12-06-11, 08:57 AM
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Views: 5,223
Posted By rtpatter

Wiring a portable generator to circuit panel.

I have a GeneracXP8000E I was hoping to wire directly into my circuit panel using an interlock kit and a L14-30 amp cable. However, now I realize that this setup will limit me to 7500 watts even...
12-06-11, 08:47 AM
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Views: 2,744
Posted By rtpatter

I still have the window unit as a backup plan but...

I still have the window unit as a backup plan but already have the 8000 watt generator I figure if I can run the central AC great if not then I should have no problem running the gas furnance and...
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Views: 2,113
Posted By rtpatter

There is not a thumbscrew on the gas cap. ...

There is not a thumbscrew on the gas cap. However, this morning the smell was much less. I guess since I was actually running it outside last night and all the jostling of the gas when rolling it...
12-06-11, 08:12 AM
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Views: 2,744
Posted By rtpatter

I was hoping to power a 2 ton central ac unit...

I was hoping to power a 2 ton central ac unit with the generator as long as nothing else was on but you are telling me that I will only be able to send 7k to the ac unit? I don't see how anyone runs...
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Views: 10,897
Posted By rtpatter

I have heard that if you wait and switch to...

I have heard that if you wait and switch to synthetic too late that the detergant effect of synthetic oil can possible cause small leaks in areas that have formed there own seal over time. I figure...
12-05-11, 08:16 PM
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Views: 2,744
Posted By rtpatter

Where can I find a LR -14 30 amp generator cord and inlet box?

I'm looking for a LR -14 30 amp generator cord and inlet box for my Generac XP8000E. I'm afraid to let my electrician provide since he will mark them up significantly so I was going to buy the parts...
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Views: 10,897
Posted By rtpatter

I plan on keeping it in a climate controlled...

I plan on keeping it in a climate controlled garage so I think SAE 30 which is what came with it should do the trick. Its a refurb so it had 86 hrs on it when I got it and I'm alittle afraid to...
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Views: 2,113
Posted By rtpatter

Generator Storage

I just purchased a refurb Generac XP8000E. My plan was to store the unit in my garage when not in use and simply pull it out every 3 months or so and let it run under a small load for 20 min just...
12-04-11, 06:50 AM
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Views: 1,910
Posted By rtpatter

madmatt76 - If you have the GP instead of...

madmatt76 -

If you have the GP instead of the XP then you are right you shouldn't have any GCFI outlets. However, I am curious as to why you had to remove the jumper wire on the backside of the...
12-03-11, 08:29 PM
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Views: 1,910
Posted By rtpatter

Question about wiring a Generac model 5606 into circuit breaker box

I just purchased a 8kw generac model 5606, however after reviewing some post online I see where some people say this model will not work with a home circuit box. Something about full panel GFCI on...
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Views: 10,897
Posted By rtpatter

What type oil would you recommend for Generac XP8000E being used in Alabama?

Just ordered a refurb Generac XP8000E to use as backup generator at home. Manual says best to use SAE 30wt oil when operating at 40 degrees and above which most of the time in Alabama spring storms...
10-10-11, 12:25 PM
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Views: 15,996
Posted By rtpatter

I seem to remember someone saying that if you run...

I seem to remember someone saying that if you run your generator off propane or natural gas that it makes it less powerful therefore won't put out the same wattage. Is that correct?
10-10-11, 09:34 AM
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Views: 15,996
Posted By rtpatter

That would definetly eliminate the old gas...

That would definetly eliminate the old gas problem. However, the cost of a natural gas/propane generator plus the plumbing cost would far exceed the extra couple of hundred I would spend on an...
10-10-11, 08:46 AM
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Views: 15,996
Posted By rtpatter

I should have no problem pulling the cord. My...

I should have no problem pulling the cord. My wife wouldn't be able the wheel the gen. out of the garage to hook up anyway. However, I'm looking at an 8kw portable which is on the larger side and I...
10-10-11, 07:37 AM
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Views: 15,996
Posted By rtpatter

How important is an electric Start on portable generator?

I'm not sure if this is right area of the forum but most the generator talk seems to take place here.

I'm wondering how important is an electric start on a portable generator? I have no problem...
10-07-11, 03:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,944
Posted By rtpatter

I like the idea of purchasing slightly used whole...

I like the idea of purchasing slightly used whole house generator. Unfortunately finding one in good condition close to home could be difficult. Also I'm curious what is the cost to run a natural...
10-07-11, 01:47 PM
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Views: 4,944
Posted By rtpatter

That is my fear is that I go to the trouble of...

That is my fear is that I go to the trouble of hooking up to the breaker box and then the thing won't start when I need it and it will be too big to easily transport somewhere to be repaired
10-07-11, 12:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,944
Posted By rtpatter

I like this pricing much more than that of a...

I like this pricing much more than that of a transfer switch install where they quoted me $700 to $1000
10-07-11, 12:50 PM
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Views: 4,944
Posted By rtpatter

I agree that if I have to run 15kw portable then...

I agree that if I have to run 15kw portable then I might as well get a whole house system since the cost difference would be neglible. However, I'm not sure I need one that size just run one AC unit...
10-07-11, 10:29 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,944
Posted By rtpatter

Got it. I think I understand the distinction of a...

Got it. I think I understand the distinction of a suicide cord Its not the fact that it plugs into the breaker panel rather the fact that its male on both ends.

Interlock says that they have a...
10-07-11, 08:57 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,944
Posted By rtpatter

Again I'm not trying to start arguments but I'm...

Again I'm not trying to start arguments but I'm not understanding how the interlock can be considered a safe alternative if all it does it prevent both breakers from being on at the same time. You...
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