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  1. #11
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    I had a Generac 22Kw installed 2 weeks before Laura showed up. It ran for 10 days. Delta's here now and the generator is running. We're good to go as long as a tree doesn't hit us.

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby Normal View Post
    Just a reminder, if you need to use your Gen for the whole house Kill the line going to the pole. Pull the main! Braker or fuses. Running your generator plunged into the house without pulling the main Backfeeds the power line going to your house. Anyone working on the lines near your house can be electrocuted!!! That includes tree trimming if the lines come down.
    I guess it's cause of were I use to work that Backfeeds is my pet pev but that can be a real Killer after the storm.
    Yes!!! And remember the same transformer on the pole that reduces 7.6, 13.8 or 15.2kV to 120/240 works both ways. If your generator powered home main disconnect isn’t disconnected, your house voltage steps up to thousands of volts on the distribution lines. A power line worker or even someone with a downed line in their yard can be electrocuted.

    By the way, if you borrow a generator, be sure it is working properly before using it. I borrowed one and “Bubba” had converted one of the 120 outlets to 240. After the damage he said he had needed an extra 240 outlet and forgot to tell me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby Normal View Post
    Just a reminder, if you need to use your Gen for the whole house Kill the line going to the pole. Pull the main! Braker or fuses. Running your generator plunged into the house without pulling the main Backfeeds the power line going to your house. Anyone working on the lines near your house can be electrocuted!!! That includes tree trimming if the lines come down.
    I guess it's cause of were I use to work that Backfeeds is my pet pev but that can be a real Killer after the storm.
    Understand that. When I got my big 11Kw portable, I was working at a hospital and we had a master electrician there. He got me a big double throw disconnect and wired it in and installed an inlet plug for the generator, so no chance of backfeed. To install we needed the utility power totally disconnected and when we made call the woman at the service location said it might be a day or two before they could get back to reconnect. When the lineman showed up and saw what we were doing, he gave us his personal cell phone # and said to call him when we were done and he would come back and reconnect even if he was off the clock, simply because he appreciated we were doing it right to keep him and other linemen safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAVE_M View Post
    I saw them at Home Depot the other day. I like my Ryobi tools for what they are, so I figured I'd look into them. Most generators use another company's motor anyway.
    Myself,co-worker,and boss bought the RYOBI and I love the easy starting

  5. #15
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    Now that everyone had to use their gens, check the oil. After a day or so of use that earl gets black! You don't want to pull it out for the next storm & find it needs an earl change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby Normal View Post
    Now that everyone had to use their gens, check the oil. After a day or so of use that earl gets black! You don't want to pull it out for the next storm & find it needs an earl change.
    Good info.

    I’m still using a portable generator from Gustav. Every time I’m done with it I’ve ran it out of gas. Completely. And every time I’ve needed it, I fuel it up and it cranks up with the first pull.

    Saving a few $$ worth of gas in the tank doesn’t pay off. If I know there’s a chance I’ll need it in a month or two I’ll turn off the gas line and let it run out the gas in the carb and later drain the tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby Normal View Post
    Now that everyone had to use their gens, check the oil. After a day or so of use that earl gets black! You don't want to pull it out for the next storm & find it needs an oil change.
    I always say do this.
    I keep all my engines/small engines up.
    But am also a car guy for 40 plus years.
    Our little 4000 Watt 1992 or 3 or so 8hp cast iron sleeved B&S Gen has,run since then and is still fine.
    Oil is cheap. Have used it on job sites and at home.
    After Katrina was used here and there same way while staying there Or fixing it not continuously.
    But did run it balls to the wall 7 days in 2008 i think it was. As the storm knocked us out that long. So oil every 3 days.
    I also have cases of 30wt bought at 60 each on close out.
    I swap oil and filter once a year in my wife's Snapper Mower it was not cheap to buy. The gas edger. Weed Wacker everything like that once a year. Plus do like you do with cars/trucks check the level as they do used oil over time.
    I have 12 quarts of 10w30 Moblie1 for the new generator.

    I have friends and neibors who did not even know to change it and a few that never knew tgey had oil.

  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnpaul View Post
    Myself,co-worker,and boss bought the RYOBI and I love the easy starting
    Dude down the street bought one. 7 hours later it wouldn't start,So...

    I walk down there and 3 guys are piled up on it like monkeys trying to bang a football.

    They explained the problem,I informed them to disconnect the low oil level sensor,The owner is like it's full of oil....

    I'm like it doesn't matter,Disconnect the yellow wire,Bam !!! Fired right up !!!
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    Gas bill came in,20.00 more for about 2.5 days run time for us,I can live with that !
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