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todd ellis
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2022 11:10 am    Post subject: OT: Start your generator Reply with quote

if you are in a part of the country that is expecting ice/snow, and if you have a generator, start & run it for a few minutes BEFORE you need it. (quarterly is a good idea)

often, the generator sits in the garage offering false hope. it is very common for the diaphragm in the carburetor to dry out from lack of use and become "non-flexy"*. it's something you can fix for a dollar & in 5 minutes, but it's harder in the dark & cold.

a message from your friendly neighborhood hillbilly.

*technical diaphragm term
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2022 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

100% right on the money. And Dang-- I need to run mine.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2022 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We bought one during our snowmageddon last winter but have yet to start it up. I've been studying videos of transfer switches and separate breaker boxes and will just have to pick one and hire someone to install it. Depending on which way you go they can cost as much as the generator itself.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2022 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VERY good advise, Todd!
I have a whole house generator that does an automatic test once a week.
BEST investment we ever made.
Also just got my propage topped off this morning, since we are expecting up to 9" of snow starting tomorrow night.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2022 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have the availability to plug into the house via the breaker box. my way is not for the uninitiated anc CAN be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. it helps to have a dad & a son who are electricians.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2022 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why does the fact that you use this method NOT surprise me, Todd? Laugh cool Kiss
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2022 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i actually put in a breaker & an outlet last year ... now all i have to do is remember to turn the main off.
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