The Generator Revisited
Do you remember my January 26, 2014 post, 'Things to Think About When Buying and Using a Small Generator'?
Well, it's power-outage stories like this that prompted me to again drag out the old generator beast, and make sure it would fire up. And fire up it did. (Note: it was not in the shed at the time.)
So now might be a good time to revisit that Jan 26 entry and see if there's anything (IMHO) that might be improved... (The list elements that are in italics are from the January post...)
- First find out what you need for power.
- Be aware that you will need a "real" extension cord and not a $3.99 supermarket special. (Note the wire gauges. See this quaint chart.)
- Other extension cord stuff like length, plugs, etc... (See above.)
- How do I buy a generator? (I usually start with Amazon.com and find the product with a huge number of good customer reviews.)
- What else will you need? Wheels? Etc... (Yup... These suckers are heavy!)
- Follow directions when adding gas and oil, and starting... (BE SURE TO USE GAS STABILIZER to all gas!!!!)
- Don't let the machine sit idle for months... (Practice with it. Run it at least once a month.)
- Depending on your neighborhood, you may need to chain it to a tree or a bumper.... (Deep sigh...)
- Try to mount on level earth. (No brainer...)
- When not running, store in a shed or use a cover. (Yes! This is a must... I think a shed is the only way to go. That's a great way to keep the machine/fuel away from your house.)
- Keep gas out of the house and garage or basement, etc. Use your head. (See above.)
- Don't wait for the last moment!!! (Given the date, there are fantastic deals ongoing.)
- Finally, use the Web -- there's a ton of good info out there.
- In general, we expected to spend about $700, so it is an investment, but peace of mind is a neat thing.. See HF for a typical price change
- And last, but certainly not least... Follow the safety instructions that come with the generator and are also on the Web!!!!!!!
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