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How can I allow 911 first responders to access a locked residence? [closed]

What if I live alone and cannot unlock the door during an emergency? What can I do to enable 911 responders to enter my residence without tearing down the door?
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How do I prepare my home for a power outage?

With several storms in the Northeast United States and more storms predicted this week, there have been lots of extended power outages. What are things to do to prepare your house for a power outage ...
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Can I plug a generator into a dryer outlet [duplicate]

I have an electric dryer with a 30 amp circuit running to it. If I had a male-male plug to run from a portable generator to this outlet, would it be safe to run essential appliances (water pump, ...
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How can I ensure portable generator success during a long natural disaster?

I live in the SF Bay Area. My house is blocks from the Hayward Fault, where a large earthquake is likely during my lifetime. Along with the usual disaster-prep things (water, food, etc.) I'm ...
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Is it reasonable to create a 30amp branch circuit for the purpose of feeding the panel from a generator?

I recently purchased an 8kW generator (Briggs and Stratton). It has a 4-wire twist lock outlet that can handle 30 amps. Suppose I were to: Run a 10/3 NM cable from the panel in the basement out to ...
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What is a good generator for emergency backup?

So recently, during Irene, I learned that my car's lighter outlet was insufficient to power a sump-pump (hello, two inches of water in the master bedroom) Thankfully, the car's circuitry was fine but ...
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Should I pursue building my own wind turbine?

The area where I live suffers heavy power outages (in fact the whole country does!!) so I am considering building one of those wind turbines (with PVC pipes) but am not sure whether it's windy enough ...
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Who do you call when there is actually carbon monoxide in your home?

The CO detector goes off. Probably bad batteries, but let's get everyone outside just to be safe. Then you put brand new batteries in, and it still goes off. You have a carbon monoxide leak. Again, ...
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Why won't my portable generator start?

With a storm bearing down on the mid-Atlantic US and robocalls from the local power utility warning of the possibility of extended power outages, I figured tonight would be a good time to check the ...
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Should a generator transfer switch have continuity between all contacts in the “Gen” position?

I am finishing up installing my generator transfer switch today and I think I have a wiring problem... I have a six circuit transfer switch wired in with a power inlet box outside. Everything is ...
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How to determine (not estimate) starting amperage of a motor?

I want to buy an inverter-generator to run my Trane heating system in case of a power outage. The Trane is on a 20 amp circuit. The sticker says it needs a minimum of a 15.2 amp circuit. My question ...
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Seeking name of a small natural gas generator that will run in all weather

I want to run a small emergency generator on natural gas (NG). In the past few years, 3 fuel portable generators have become available. But the manuals say not to run them in the rain. "Whole house"...
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What is the difference between an interlock and a transfer switch?

With respect to wiring a standby generator, what is the essential difference between an interlock and a transfer switch and what are the pros and cons of using one rather than the other?
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How is a pre-existing condition evaluated by home warranty companies [closed]

I've been looking around for home warranty, and many of the plans say that pre-existing conditions are not covered. This makes me a little weary because I imagine that once anything breaks it could ...
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What should I consider when boarding up windows for a storm?

What should be considered when boarding up windows for a storm (or for that manner, during construction, etc.)? What thickness plywood is required? Should it be sized to the size of the sash and ...
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Which whole house generators put out a good sine wave? [closed]

Some postings on DIY caution about using square waves and dirty sine waves to power some electronic equipment. Which whole house generators generally put out clean sine waves? (I looked on the ...
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Pure sine wave or modified for a Trane HVAC?

Winter is near and I want to be able to run my Trane HVAC 1 hp motor and my Dell abd Mac desktop computers off an inverter or generator. Should I get something that puts out a pure sine wave or can I ...