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Old 10-07-2005, 04:34 PM   #11
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the natural gas/LP generators are not that expensive...

you can find a 15kw LP/NG for @4k just have to have someone plumb the NG line and wire it up.

they are awesome
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You guys got me thinking about a generator. Good Thread
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I run my raised ranch with the 5000 watt generator. The only things I do not run all the times are the freezer and my VHO tank lights . If I am running those I turn something else off for a while. Again i will say the best $500 I have spent in a long time. You should have an electrician hook up the junction box. I back feed my house through the breaker box.... I know a few guys who do this and it was told to them by an electrician. Agian when I get some extra $$ i will be having an electrician hook it up right.
I take the generator and snow blower out every other month and run it for 10 min to keep them ready to go. I also shut off the gas so the carborator is run dry so if the gas does go bad it does not gum up the carb.. And stable is a must...
Right now I would guess I have 4000-5000 invested in my tanks so whats another $500 to keep it healthy. I also enjoy the lights and TV when all my neighbors are sitting in the dark
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Old 10-08-2005, 12:52 AM   #14
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I have not tried mine yet but I figure 3500 watts won't run a whole lot. Pumps, heaters and/or fans and keeping the food cool was my only concern. A little TV or something PC time would be cool but who knows.
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Hmm.. I havn't seen a power outage in a very long time in this area, in the past 5 years.. the weather really isnt all that bad here (central KY doesnt get much in the way of snow, not enough to knock out power anyway) the most we get are blips in bad storms, a couple of seconds.. I remember outages when I lived further north.. maybe I should contact the local utillity to get a better idea of what the downtime has been on average around here.. this thread has got me thinking..
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Some parts of the Louisville area lost power for almost 2 weeks from a wind storm last year or the year before. Kind of crazy. The IN side of the river had power back up a lot quicker.
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