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Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Markcal, Nov 24, 2016.

  1. Sep 28, 2020 at 8:07 PM
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    Sweet heaven, I hope they actually produce it in that colour.
     
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    I Want That Color but not in the Tool Cart. I would rather have in the bigger boxes.
     
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  3. Oct 6, 2020 at 4:48 PM
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    Ok where are we on the predator inverter generators?

    2000 dual setup
    Or
    3000 stand alone

    Moving into the hurricane zone... I know they won’t run the house’s hvac but hopefully I can run the ceiling fans, bathroom lights and the refrigerator.

    From what I read the fridge only needs about 6 amps but 21 amps on inrush.

    Thoughts?
     
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  4. Oct 6, 2020 at 4:54 PM
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    3000W is 25amps at 120V. Enough for the fridge, a few fans, a couple of lights (leds), etc.
     
  5. Oct 6, 2020 at 4:58 PM
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    A few different mates have their gen sets and have no problems. I’d recommend getting with a trusted electrician that can install a generator outlet on your home to allow for a safe hookup and find a way to chain the unit to the house.

    Also consider a LPG generator. No concerns of bad petrol in tank or carb, easy to hook up and start. And if petrol pumps are out you can still pickup a couple of LPG bottles at the local shops.
     
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  6. Oct 6, 2020 at 5:04 PM
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    Excellent point on LPG or natural gas (if you have it available). A couple of months ago I lost power from a Tuesday to Sunday night and went through about 12-15 gallons of gas a day for my generator - a 7500W (running watts 9500 starting) unit.
     
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  7. Oct 6, 2020 at 5:53 PM
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    Yeah exactly my thought too.
    LPG is an option, the house I’m moving into is electric only for utilities right now so a 200gal propane tanks is really on my mind, and with that thought I would shift to a whole house backup. This consideration is only for the first full hurricane season to make sure we want and need one?
    This is exactly the reason we are limiting our choices to the smaller inverter ones. 3-5 gallons a day and quiet for now.
     
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  8. Oct 6, 2020 at 6:10 PM
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    I can relate to that. We are still weighing the ups and downs of a full house generator here which would have to be LPG and would draw off of the 1,000 gallon tank we already have. With this portable unit I can fire it up off of refillable 20lb bottles and simply plug it in to run the circuits I need. I Try to keep at least a half dozen filled bottles on the property along with the two bottles on the camper. Mates that lived through Katrina said that while businesses started to open petrol didn’t make back into servo storage tanks for quite awhile but they could exchange empty LPG bottles to run grills and LPG generators.

    There are LPG/Petrol dual fuel units out there but I’ve never personally used one so no experience that I can relay to help in a decision there.

    As to the want and need of one. You don’t want to be in the position to “want one” when you are “in need of one.” Hope you find the perfect setup for your needs before the threats approach.
     
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  9. Oct 6, 2020 at 6:22 PM
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    With all the power shutoffs in California last year I went with a propane inverter generator. I ran it for almost a week off of one 40Lb tank. It still has propane in it. This thread just reminded me it hasn't been ran in 6 months. I opened the tank, switched it on and pressed start. It started right up.

    Yesterday I filled up the second 40Lb in the picture below plus 2 - 20Lb tanks and it was only $56.

    I had a smaller inverter generator that ran on gas and if you didn't start it at least once a month it would take a lot of pulls to get it going.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Nice great little kit
     
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    Nice setup man, but those appear to be plastic walls, best to make sure your exhaust is open and away from anything plastic that could catch fire.
     
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    Thanks they are but if you look there is a metal vent where the exhaust pipe exits the generator. There is another vent higher up on the opposite side to allow air flow.
     
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    Ah I see, I thought the vent was plastic too, metal was definitely a good move there.
     
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    @G.T. I was looking back at this post and I thought there were couple of things I would like to add.

    The Generator is a Westinghouse Igen4500. It is dual fuel but I will avoid using gas to keep the carb clean.
    It is 4500W gas or 3800W Propane. It has push button start so my wife can start it.

    It is so quiet my next door neighbors didn't hear it running. They only noticed the house glowing from the TV while everyone else was dark.

    I ran two refrigerators, an 82" TV with full surround sound and DirecTv, two computers, computer network and phones, security cameras, a large fan and several lights (LED) and it was only at 24% of power.

    I ran a 30 amp RV cord into the house then split it with several extension cords thru the house. It was an OK temporary solution.

    I did buy a manual switch panel to run certain circuits but it has not been installed it yet.

    It sure beat several days of sitting in the dark listening to a transistor radio.
     
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    No experience with the dual fuel setups as of yet but the obvious benefit of it is certainly intriguing. We have a fridge freezer combo and a deep freezer that we worry about which is the kitchen and the front garage. Add the water pump and the furnace and we’re gold. Master bedroom and it’s bath are on the emergency circuit as well. I’ve taken to chaining portable generators up when in use after so many people in the wake of Katrina woke up with no power to find that their generator was gone.
     
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    Love that place.

    32 bucks for a router

    16 bucks for an air drill

    for homeowners that place is great

    for tradesmen - maybe not so much
     
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