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You should hire an electrician to help you with this, since you don't sound qualified to wire up a generator properly. She can help you figure out the right way to do this. However, it's good for you to be well-informed going in to this. So: Generators are rated in several ways: Peak load. Starting a motor (like a pump or fridge compressor) draws a lot of ...


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I live in southern New England, where we can usually see our natural disasters coming a few days in advance (snowstorms, hurricanes, etc.), so your considerations will be different, but I'll share what I do and what I've learned in three 5+ day outages over the past two years; it may give you some reference points. Fuel reserves I have a gasoline-powered ...


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A generator would probably be a better choice. You haven't given us a lot of details, so I'm going to assume that you live in norther US, Canada, or the UK, that you live in a middle-class detached house with a yard, and that you're faced with winter storms taking out your power for a day or two, and you want to keep the fridge cold and run a few lights ...


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NO. What you are describing could potentially kill the folks that are trying to help restore power to your home. You're also creating a situation where you could easily overload your generator. To do this the right way, you'll need to install a transfer switch. Transfer switches allow you to switch between two source of electricity, while mitigating any ...


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Great idea! It's actually a fairly simple setup and not all that complex. Normally you want to use multiple power sources to attempt to charge your backup battery. Here's a simple diagram that helps explain a solar/wind power system: You can build inexpensive small turbines for the wind portion but the battery tends to be the expensive part of the setup. ...


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Pulling the plug is quick, easy check if you have the right socket. Should be fairly clean, with a gap. BTW, my Gen has a separate on/off switch, yours? Next up would be some carb cleaner (after pulling air cleaner) Remove and clean carb bowl, float and orifice. Would also drain gas, put in car day after fillup, refill with new gas and treatment Next ...


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I’m a proponent of portable generators. I have a gasoline unit though I’ll consider a propane unit when this one finally croaks. Permanent generators are great – if your structure is still standing when the disaster is over. The primary disadvantage of portable generators is they are subject to theft when you need them the most. A couple of fellows ...


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Assuming you just want to use a router, some light and charge your lap top. Can your router run on DC, most of the DC input? 12v lights are common for caravans and there are some laptop chargers for caravans that run on 12v (I don’t know if there will be one for your laptop) If the above is true, a cheap “low teck” solution will be to use a 12 volt ...


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I know this is an old question, but I wanted to mention another option if your main concern is the sump: a Sump Bump Battery Backup System. This is a system with a battery (about the size of a car battery) that charges off your AC power, and when main power goes off, the sump pump can run off of the battery. The model I have says that it can power a sump ...


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If you are testing continuity at the generator inlet plug with the transfer switch in the GEN. position, you will be measuring continuity throughout the entire circuit. If you look at this image, you should see why you're getting the readings you are. The light blue box on the left, represents the main service panel. The light blue box on the right, ...


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I would replace the spark plug and remove the air filter to make sure it isn't plugged up. Then, while the air filter is still removed, spray a little starting fluid into the carb through the hole under the air filter and start it up. If it runs for just a couple seconds and dies, that means the gas in your carb was probably bad. Starting it with the ...


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In my experience, they will rely on the evaluation of the service person that comes out to perform the work. In most cases it's pretty obvious that something was a pre-existing condition or now. If you read the conditions more carefully, it probably says something along the lines of the problem must be apparent to a regular user in the course of normal ...


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First measure across the window, door, vent from the inside of the exterior trim to the outside of the exterior trim on the other side. Do this vertically and horizontally. Then add 6-8 inches to BOTH measurements, this is the size of plywood you need. You add length and width because you don't want the plywood pushing on the glass. The thickness of the ...



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