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Generator Quest
#1
Well, I've been trying to buy a generator for the last two days. It is amazing that I keep walking into places (or calling them) just as the last one went out the door.

I didn't realize until last night that Honda and Yamaha Motorcycle Dealers sell them. Wish I'd have known that yesterday. I talked to a big cycle dealer in Hatfield this morning and was told they had three of the larger (expensive) units in stock. I said, "I'll be right over. I want one." The guy said okay and hung up. That worried me since he was in sales so I called back and waited on hold forever until someone in sales picked up again. I told him about my previous call and said I want to give you my credit card number - just in case. And, I'll be there in 15 minutes. He said he didn't know if they had three left and would call right back. I waited for about 15 minutes and decided to just go there assuming the first guy was correct.

Of course, when I finally tracked down the guy who was going to call me right back, he said he had gotten busy but that it didn't matter as they didn't have any left. Who knows if they did when I called or not.

Anyway, I've been to about 8 different stores that sell them and I've made a ton of calls. Internet wasn't any good as nobody could promise delivery on Monday or even Tuesday.

If any of you who live within an hour of me and have a spare you'd like to sell or even rent, I'm up for it.

If we lose power, it usually isn't for long here and my battery back-up sump pump can handle it. But, if we are getting lots of rain at the same time as a power outage of over a few hours, I'm getting water in my basement. It happened before the battery back-up a few years ago. But, the last time we lost it I was pretty sure we'd be hosed if the power was out for good while along with lots of rainfall.

My fault for not getting the generator sooner. Let's hope it doesn't turn out to be an expensive lesson.
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#2
Buy 2.

Last hurricane we had, my generator failed conveniently right in the beginning of the storm.

Remember the military adage: 2 of something is 1 of something, and 1 of something is none of something.

I have backups for every critical piece of emergency equipment i have.
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#3
Good point. I know the Yamaha inverters can be wired together so if one goes you still have one or backup. I had been hesitating because I was thinking of permanent solution wired into house but there are issues with space.
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#4
Have you checked all the Lowe's and Home Depots for even the store shelf models?

We got ours right before Irene last year at Lowe's...got a model up because the cheaper model was sold out, but we had thankfully went to get one the day before the rush occurred so they still had them.
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#5
I've checked all those places. I suspect someone will walk into a Lowes tomorrow and ask for one and be told by the 22 year old Assistant to the Supervisor's Supervisor, better known as A.S.S. that they haven't had any for days. However, a senior citizen who only works on Sundays will overhear that request and will scratch his head and ask, "We'll, what about that pallet we have back in the X stock room." He'll be told he doesn't know what he's talking about "because the computer says we don't have any." The old guy will wait and get the customer's attention and then he'll go get him a generator. The rest of the pallet will sell in minutes as people see the one magically appear.

That story is exactly what happened when I wanted a particular grill from Lowes a couple of years ago. The senior had to argue with the A.S.S. to even be allowed to go get it for me since it wasn't in the computer. The A.S.S. probably made his life miserable from then on as I never saw him in that store again.

Moral of story - when looking for an item at a big box store, always ask the old guys.

I've checked all those places. I suspect someone will walk into a Lowes tomorrow and ask for one and be told by the 22 year old Assistant to the Supervisor's Supervisor, better known as A.S.S. that they haven't had any for days. However, a senior citizen who only works on Sundays will overhear that request and will scratch his head and ask, "We'll, what about that pallet we have back in the X stock room." He'll be told he doesn't know what he's talking about "because the computer says we don't have any." The old guy will wait and get the customer's attention and then he'll go get him a generator. The rest of the pallet will sell in minutes as people see the one magically appear.

That story is exactly what happened when I wanted a particular grill from Lowes a couple of years ago. The senior had to argue with the A.S.S. to even be allowed to go get it for me since it wasn't in the computer. The A.S.S. probably made his life miserable from then on as I never saw him in that store again.

Moral of story - when looking for an item at a big box store, always ask the old guys.
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+Rep for the truth. I can tell you the Lowes here was definitely out and I though a riot was going to ignite from all the pissed off people demanding that they get more in stock NOW.
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#7
Well, I am on the other side of the spectrum here I got 2 Generators left at work that 2 dudes SWORE they would be right there and get and I held them for them, instead of selling them to this chick who was taking them to friends out east.....

If you can't find anything and are willing to make the drive west I'll open the store to get one,
ETA...........AFTER the STEELER game of course!!!



Briggs and Stratton Power products 6250 at $699
Honda EU6500is (Extremely Quiet!!!) at I think $4249

Moral to THIS story, don't buy power equipment from Big Box Stores....LOL

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined." -Patrick Henry
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#8
Good news. My motorcycle store came through at the end of the day when someone failed to pick it up. I'm all set now.

(10-27-2012, 08:02 PM)Markheck1 Wrote: Well, I am on the other side of the spectrum here I got 2 Generators left at work that 2 dudes SWORE they would be right there and get and I held them for them, instead of selling them to this chick who was taking them to friends out east.....

If you can't find anything and are willing to make the drive west I'll open the store to get one,
ETA...........AFTER the STEELER game of course!!!



Briggs and Stratton Power products 6250 at $699
Honda EU6500is (Extremely Quiet!!!) at I think $4249

Moral to THIS story, don't buy power equipment from Big Box Stores....LOL

I'm from Pittsburgh. Thanks for the offer. I got one end of day. Go Steelers!
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BobFromBucks;30995 Wrote:Good news. My motorcycle store came through at the end of the day when someone failed to pick it up. I'm all set now.

(10-27-2012, 08:02 PM)Markheck1 Wrote: Well, I am on the other side of the spectrum here I got 2 Generators left at work that 2 dudes SWORE they would be right there and get and I held them for them, instead of selling them to this chick who was taking them to friends out east.....

If you can't find anything and are willing to make the drive west I'll open the store to get one,
ETA...........AFTER the STEELER game of course!!!



Briggs and Stratton Power products 6250 at $699
Honda EU6500is (Extremely Quiet!!!) at I think $4249

Moral to THIS story, don't buy power equipment from Big Box Stores....LOL

I'm from Pittsburgh. Thanks for the offer. I got one end of day. Go Steelers!

Ahh, Cool!!! Smile Glad it worked out...BTW after the storm fizzles....Drain that thing and run it dry, you DO NOT want fuel sitting in that thing, at least not if you want it to run when you need it, LOL

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined." -Patrick Henry
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Markheck1;31006 Wrote:
BobFromBucks;30995 Wrote:Good news. My motorcycle store came through at the end of the day when someone failed to pick it up. I'm all set now.


I'm from Pittsburgh. Thanks for the offer. I got one end of day. Go Steelers!

Ahh, Cool!!! Smile Glad it worked out...BTW after the storm fizzles....Drain that thing and run it dry, you DO NOT want fuel sitting in that thing, at least not if you want it to run when you need it, LOL

I've noticed at Lowe's some lower wattage immerseable sumps that are below 500W. I forgot I had some aquatic sumps used to drain my fishtanks and tested them with my car inverter... managed to get one to kick on without burning out the inverter.

You're not going to be able to find a vehicle inverter over 500W so that's really only good for small motors. If your basement isn't gushing and you could get away with a small sump dumping into a washbasin if you got one down there, that could get you by but you'd have to run your car/truck while you're pumping.


I'm pretty confident I got my backyard water problem solved... during Irene this was under 13" underwater and came within an inch of getting in my back doors. The door on the left slows down water getting in, but everyone else's raised and ungraded yards, many of them concrete, throw much of the water in the alley and few of my back neighbors are draining everything. When the torrential rain comes, there's literally a fountain shooting up at the bottom of the door about 1yd high and splashes everywhere. Since my backyard is a half foot to a foot below my neighbors and at grade with the alley---all their water tries to get into my backyard.

Then when my yard goes underwater I'm stuck with the unhappy proposition of removing the drain cover and hoping no rocks/sticks/gunk make it into the downspout and into the lateral at the front of the house. When your lateral breaks--that's an easy $8K to rip out the pavement and dig a moon crater in front of the house to reach it and repair it.

I put about 30' of rubber weather stripping through the entire door jam with some extra hot-set foam sealer so that door is now as tight as a submarine compartment. I'm going to have some unhappy neighbors when their yards get submerged while mine will be able to catch up with the water (drain at right).

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