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12-07-2012 08:50 PM
Bandit1200 Here's what I was looking at when I get some cash to buy a generator. Looks like a good idea, at least to me it does. This way you don't have to worry about storing gasoline and/or refilling it. I can't think of any time I've had an interruption in my natural gas service.

http://www.propane-generators.com/

You can use these conversion kits to run off either natural gas or propane.

Anyone out there have any experience retro-fitting something like this?
11-27-2012 01:37 AM
dbosman@msu.edu If outages are a fact of life for you, get a natural gas or propane unit.
Preferably wired to the correct auto disconnect switch. After living on a farm, my folks moved to a paved road. After the nth three day outage they had one installed. Now the neighbors come to visit them when the powers out. That's mixed.
11-27-2012 01:29 AM
Shangrila
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Originally Posted by Merth View Post
Yea basically every powerstrip I have tried has melted but I have an 8000 watt genny. And even with as small a load as a coffee pot and a lamp. Just be careful if you use them.
Coffee pots are not small loads!!
11-27-2012 01:27 AM
Merth Yea basically every powerstrip I have tried has melted but I have an 8000 watt genny. And even with as small a load as a coffee pot and a lamp. Just be careful if you use them.
11-27-2012 01:07 AM
Shangrila
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Originally Posted by wendyjo View Post
Explain this please.
I personally don't think a generator can "eat" a powerstrip. Powerstrips will melt and burn if they are overloaded. That has nothing to do with the generator.
11-27-2012 12:51 AM
wendyjo
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My genny eats powerstrips just a fyi. I use three line splitters just fine tho.
Explain this please.
11-26-2012 04:46 AM
Merth My genny eats powerstrips just a fyi. I use three line splitters just fine tho.
11-26-2012 03:42 AM
DogFish Wendy when you do go to buy your generator make a list of some the points listed so far. Like how to drain & refill with oil and how to run the carburetor dry.

Then have them show you at Home Depot or where every you end up buying your generator.

Off topic:
I'm on my 4the lawn mower in 30years. I bought one of the new Electric Mowers with rechargeable battery. Simple plug it in overnight. I have a double lot. I get two full cutting of the whole property per charge and I do part of the vacant lot behind my house that is near my Dog kennel run. (20x100'.)

What I like the best is how quiet the motor is, it sounds like a ceiling fan on high. I can cut the grass at 6am in the summer and not wake up the neighborhood. It's much lighter than the gas mower was too.
11-26-2012 03:22 AM
watercage Shame, there was just a nice Powermate 3000W black friday sale at Home Depot for $199.00

Just stay away from Harbor Freight. Ive heard so many stores of their gennys failing after a few uses.
11-26-2012 03:15 AM
HypnoticAquatic should know and do know are not the same, hell ive ran into people that dont know how to change a car tire just like op said mower wont last more than a couple years, i am one of those people that fixes an flips them as there quite simple. as unless they are super abused its going to be bad oil and a rebuid on the carb 80-90% of the time.

best think i can tell op is that change the oil/airfilter*/sparkplug* every year or more depending on your usage *will vary depending on usage etc. all of this i would expect any able person to do. paying someone to do this is ok but u should learn how to do it just incase of an emergency, an your gettin this item because of one so imo u should learn how it works and why. i would put my faith in that op could do this!! if not your going to spend more $ as shops norm go 60-75 for a simple tune up airfilter,oil,sparkplug for 10min of work tops, so even if it takes u 3x taht u just paid urself $60 an hr and most people dont make that.
11-26-2012 02:22 AM
Bluek24a4 These are easy things to learn that set a foundation for you to learn other things later on also, and leads to not having to pay people for things that you can do. Knowing how to change oil in a motor is something everyone should know.

I know a lot of terms are being thrown at you, which may make it seem complicated, but its not. Generator maintenance is not letting it gum up, and keeping clean oil in it. These aren't hard to do, I am sure there are a million videos online that can show you visually how to do it. You should take a look at some, and you will see just how easy it is, and you'll be happy you didn't pay someone to do it.

Also, having just gone through all this Hurricane Sandy crap, I can't stress the importance of having some extra gallons of gas on hand. The way that situation was handled here was embarrassing. Do not overlook this fact. Nothing would be more irritating than having a generator to power things but no gas to power the generator.
11-26-2012 02:10 AM
wendyjo Oh, and I have no idea without ever having owned a genny exactly how to shut if off a the fuel and let the carb run dry, but I suppose I can figure that out once I get the thing and find some vids online or something. I'm a little bit handy when it comes to some things, like wood working - but I have no idea how to maintain something with a motor. We replace our lawn mower every few years cause they just die. I may have to find someone to service the genny for me once a year.
11-26-2012 02:08 AM
wendyjo The Hondas are out of my price range - way too expensive. I'm not worried about the noise - when the power goes out there are a bunch of gennys running in my neighborhood anyhow.

Unfortunately my house is not insulated well at all - my kitchen used to be a screened in porch (now all windows) and it didn't even have heat in it when we bought it. We did put some vents in there but it's still extremely cold in there as well as on the 2nd floor. Heck I'm wearing thermals right now, lol, and I'm still cold. We need to insulate the attic but my husband can't do it, I can't do it, and eventually you run out of money to pay people to do these things.
11-26-2012 01:00 AM
DogFish Those Hondas are extremely quiet.

Also, in an emergency the generator doesn't need to be run non-stop. You can cycle the generator to conserve Gas.

The fridge & freezer will hold temp for 1 to 3 hrs., outside of Sub Zero winter temps. If the house is well insulated it will hold temp for several hours.
11-26-2012 12:32 AM
HypnoticAquatic
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Originally Posted by Shangrila View Post
There are enzyme based fuel stabilizers that can keep gas fresh for up to 2 years. The most important thing to do when shutting off a generator is to RUN THE CARB DRY. turn off the fuel valve at the tank and let the generator stall. if fuel is left in the carb for an extended perod of time it will gum up and clog your carb. Old fuel+clogged carb=no start. Even if stabilizer is used you should run it dry. The best way o hook these up are to the panel, then just turn off your main breaker so as not to backfeed into the grid. Natural gas or propane(providing you have a large enough tank on the property is the best way to go but can get pricey.
this is an understatement! while i dont use stailizers i know that withing 1 month todays gas does degrade but if you shut off the fuel and just run it dry by leaving it on till it stalls*easy way* or draining it you will have no problems your fuel line should have a filter to catch any debris if it doesnt put one on it helps the novice person so u dont have to clean the bowl of the carb as it should catch it befor it gets there. so let me repeat this as most shops will charge 60-75 for a carb clean/tune up, dont leave fuel in the carb unless your using it and once a year change the oil its as easy as opening a soda bottle open drain fill 5 min tops, just watch how many hours its in use vs when it needs a change just like a car.

really do reviews on the gen that your looking at, after useing several honda are my 1st pick if you can find a place that has them ready to go listen to them the sound alone might sell u kinda like a drag car vs a road car huge sound decibel difference.

i think all your ?s were covered an some if not shoot away
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