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    Re: Generator Question

    Just make sure you're not buying based on surge watts. Like car amplifiers, surge watts is peak power for a short period....


    Im no electrician so if you're not comfortable messing with it, obviously talk to someone with the proper experience, but with that said -

    Same deal as in post #2, just run ext cord to generator rather than the house. Generators have built in circuit breakers so if you mess up, you just trip the breaker. If it were me, I'd treat the building as if it were one electrical device, following the wiring back to the original service box, deleting it, and splicing hot, neutral, and ground to their respective leads on my extension cord.

    Of course, you are getting this information from a plumber so DIY'er beware!!

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    Re: Generator Question

    ok im following...

    with that 3500w generator you listed a lot of high draw items that you were running, could i get by with say, a 1000w unit?

    generators are best left in doors of course right?

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    Re: Generator Question

    I've ran them for short periods in the rain without incident... I think long term the issue would be corrosion plus the danger of getting shocked by a wet ext cord.... For permanent installation and to keep the noise at a minimum, I'd build a large doghouse for it and set it away from the building. I think you could still do all this for less than the cost of having the utility company come out.

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    Re: Generator Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Sevillian273 View Post
    I've ran them for short periods in the rain without incident... I think long term the issue would be corrosion plus the danger of getting shocked by a wet ext cord.... For permanent installation and to keep the noise at a minimum, I'd build a large doghouse for it and set it away from the building. I think you could still do all this for less than the cost of having the utility company come out.
    good idea thanks. yea youre right and the benefit with the generator is that i can
    a) take it with me, when i leave
    b) use it in case of an emergency
    c) flip it for profit during a hurricane in florida

    the only downside i see is that it can break or be stolen

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    Re: Generator Question

    Quote Originally Posted by OffThaHorseCEO View Post
    ok im following...

    generators are best left in doors of course right?
    Generators have internal combustion engines that produce carbon monoxide. Do not run it inside of a shed or garage where you will be working.

    There are ways to safely connect a generator to your electrical system. It can get expensive. I have a transfer switch and distribution panel in the basement for my system. The generator is stored outside of the house.

    This may give you some ideas.
    http://www.interlockkit.com/?gclid=C...FYrt7QodvkLv-w

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