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1 hour ago, Manny Tavan said:

Just got this monster home. It’s heavy!!!

 

is it weird that I am wishing for a week long power outage all of a sudden?

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I would prefer the item sitting next to it personally 🙂.  May not be that useful to run your tanks though...

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1 hour ago, albertareef said:

I would prefer the item sitting next to it personally 🙂.  May not be that useful to run your tanks though...

Are you referring to my 1989 miata? That won’t power anything. Not even a 100w heater

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3 hours ago, Manny Tavan said:

Just got this monster home. It’s heavy!!!

 

is it weird that I am wishing for a week long power outage all of a sudden?

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Many will be envious of the generator, but I think I am more envious or the blue beauty next to it

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53 minutes ago, Manny Tavan said:

Looks like you really did nothing...like taking it off the pallet 

I was going to say, you might actually have to hook it up for it to do anything.

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On 2/19/2021 at 12:56 PM, Emerald525 said:

@freddyk good information. I think my best bet is to get a generator that can run off propane and store that. You don’t have to worry about it going bad or the entire house blowing up in the event of a fire. 
 

This is highly rated by consumer reports as far as generators but doesn’t run off propane. I would consider getting this one for the power and features.

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I think I’m leaning towards getting an electrician to put in a transfer switch and then getting a portable generator that rinds on propane and storing propane. The fancy one @suncrestreef has is tempting but from a risk benefit ratio I think just having a portable ready to go with at least 8000w . Here’s an estimate of power usage.  That’s a great tip if having light sources that don’t run on electricity as lights can use a lot.

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Then  maybe a power starion for the night may be what I do.

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Interestly my dad who lives in Texas has hoarded gasoline in his garage for years. He takes advantage of the points discounts and loads up. We used to laugh at him and also told him that’s dangerous but during the power outage he had plenty of gas.😂 Whose laughing now.

 

The power stations can be spendy too but I would maybe save for that later.  I will wait as I’m sure given all the power failures demand has gone up on all these items.

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Reef tank - 1 million watts. 😂

Only growers running metal halides use more juice than us!

 

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Interlock is cheap and easy if you have room in the panel.  If not, it will be a bit spendier to move stuff or add a subpanel.

An interlock is a tiny bit more work when the power goes out, but not a big deal.

Harbor freight generators are powerful for the $$ and highly rated.  You don't need the inverter type necessarily just AVR to keep your voltage in check. 

Your research may vary though.

To be ready, you can put a magnetic flashlight on your breaker panel and a print out the list of steps like (customize for your setup):

- Kill the main breaker

- Turn off all breakers

- Engage the interlock

- Turn on fuel line on generator

- Turn on generator choke

- Start pulling (or electric start...)

- Once generator starts and runs for a couple minutes

- Engage interlock

- Selectively turn on circuits.  For us, all of our 110v circuits but nothing like the heat pump or water heater.

Enjoy, your neighbors will be stopping by because the lights will be on!  You will feel like a hero. 

We usually get a call 'Is your power back on?'  The Griswold in me loves it...

 

When the power comes back on reverse the steps.  (check your neighbors lights out the window, its hard to tell)

Also, to avoid the ethanol problems do this simple trick. 

Turn off your fuel line switch while the generator is still running.  Don't manually stop it, let it run out of gas on its own in a couple of minutes.  This drains the fuel system dry and avoids allot of problems.

Also, always treat the fuel you put in.  Never let untreated fuel get in.

I use cheap old regular gas with these steps.  Generator has lasted through many power outages about 8 years with no carb problems at all, always starts right up.

Sharing for what its worth, ymmv.

 

 

 

 

 

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maybe someone mentioned this but i found a product called a generlink which seems like an interesting product.  Not sure if it's allowed here in OR or by PGE but i like how simple it is and switching off the breakers i don't need is easy.   

http://www.generlink.com/generlink.html 

we have a 3500 watt generator that worked great and would have been more than enough for the 120 gallon tank i had when i bought the generator but now i have a bigger setup so it was a little undersized for the tank and house.  i got a 5000w generator off amazon but instead of one they delivered two on back-to-back days.  i told the 2nd delivery guy one was already delivered and he said it looks like you get two for the price of one.  i contacted customer service and they'll be picking up the 2nd one which is disappointing but what i expected.  i thought maybe Jeff Bezos was feeling generous.  

 

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44 minutes ago, kilmca said:

maybe someone mentioned this but i found a product called a generlink which seems like an interesting product.  Not sure if it's allowed here in OR or by PGE but i like how simple it is and switching off the breakers i don't need is easy.   

http://www.generlink.com/generlink.html 

we have a 3500 watt generator that worked great and would have been more than enough for the 120 gallon tank i had when i bought the generator but now i have a bigger setup so it was a little undersized for the tank and house.  i got a 5000w generator off amazon but instead of one they delivered two on back-to-back days.  i told the 2nd delivery guy one was already delivered and he said it looks like you get two for the price of one.  i contacted customer service and they'll be picking up the 2nd one which is disappointing but what i expected.  i thought maybe Jeff Bezos was feeling generous.  

 

That's cool!  Takes a utility person to install, but no issues with panel space.  Interesting!

 

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1 hour ago, kilmca said:

maybe someone mentioned this but i found a product called a generlink which seems like an interesting product.  Not sure if it's allowed here in OR or by PGE but i like how simple it is and switching off the breakers i don't need is easy.   

http://www.generlink.com/generlink.html 

we have a 3500 watt generator that worked great and would have been more than enough for the 120 gallon tank i had when i bought the generator but now i have a bigger setup so it was a little undersized for the tank and house.  i got a 5000w generator off amazon but instead of one they delivered two on back-to-back days.  i told the 2nd delivery guy one was already delivered and he said it looks like you get two for the price of one.  i contacted customer service and they'll be picking up the 2nd one which is disappointing but what i expected.  i thought maybe Jeff Bezos was feeling generous.  

 

Yeah, I checked out their site but couldn't find a reference to which regions/power companies allowed it.

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