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#21
I'm one of those nitwits. I have been telling myself I was going to buy a genny for almost 3 weeks now. I even have the one I want picked out. But I have to order it, cause none of the stores have it in stock. So, I kept looking everywhere for a better deal, or hoping it would go on sale.

Well, to darn late now isn't it.

Wife must have looked at me a dozen times and said, "You should have bought that generator." Duhhhhh.
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#22
mtbkski;32125 Wrote:I'm one of those nitwits. I have been telling myself I was going to buy a genny for almost 3 weeks now. I even have the one I want picked out. But I have to order it, cause none of the stores have it in stock. So, I kept looking everywhere for a better deal, or hoping it would go on sale.

Well, to darn late now isn't it.

Wife must have looked at me a dozen times and said, "You should have bought that generator." Duhhhhh.

But you didn't start two threads almost a year apart asking the same question.
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#23
Markheck1;31006 Wrote: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

Oh, thanks for that tip, Mark. Smile Being I didn't have to use mine, I'll just run it tomorrow till its dry.
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#24
streaker69;32129 Wrote:But you didn't start two threads almost a year apart asking the same question.

Your right.... and over the course of the year. Many things have happened to totally screw up my plans to buy one.

OK, I decided I was going to buy one. Till the wife said she thought it was too much money for something we "might" use once a year, and I kind of had to agree with her. It did seem like a big chunk of change since we are remodeling the house (and yes, I explained that it could come in handy for that too.) But we opted to hold off. It was summer time, who needs a genny then? Rolleyes

But then I got the bug again. After I realized that as far a prepping goes, this was the one thing that I really didn't have that I really should have. So I was off to buy a genny.

Then the wife talked me into a cheaper one (if I was going to buy one, at least buy a cheaper one. Price was all she was looking at). And I almost bought the 3000 watt unit, when after doing more research, I realized that I really wanted a bigger one that would run more stuff in the house.

So, the research began again, to see just how big a one I wanted. And I finally figured out I wanted around a 7000 watt genny. (And the wife wasn't happy about the price again, but I kept insisting that this was the one we wanted, or, that at least I wanted.)

Then I discoverd that they ran on more than just gas. Holy Shit... Research started all over again as I went back and forth on what to get. And I realized that since I use propane around the house, this would probably be my best choice.

Then you informed me about TRI FUEL set ups, and it started all over again. And this one really threw me for a while. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I finally decided I'm going with a Propane Genny.

Well, I officially have it down to what fuel, what size, how much to spend, and the wife even wants me to buy the darn thing. I told her I want to go out and buy gift cards TONIGHT so I can order it. ($800 in gift cards bought at Giant Eagle gets you one heck of a gas discount). Only thing that might keep me from going, is if work would call me in. If not, I'm ordering the darn thing tonight or tomorrow.

To everyone that has chimed in on all my questions. Thanks for confusing me so thoroughlyShrug. It is thru all this research and confusion, that I'm confident in what my choice is and I can't wait to buy it.

Now I'm reading up on an Interlock System or Transfer Box.
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#25
I'm just glad that I could help be part of your troubles.
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#26
So my generator story ...

During Irene, we (easily) found a 3500 watt Champion portable and purchased it. We were strapped for cash at the time and since we never opened it, we returned it

Fast forward to this week ... we started a quick search on Friday and came up empty handed. Saturday we were busy as well and tried again quickly on Sunday with calling all the local places with no luck.

We heard that Cabelas was getting in several on Monday (over 600 in total!) and it was First Come, First Serve.

Monday morning we were in line at 8am. They sold the 45 they had on hand and told us there were trucks still on the way that would be arriving later in the day. They set us all up inside if we wanted to wait - assuring us we would get a generator when the truck arrived. Now, there were 2 trucks coming from Cali and they were due around 3pm - weather permitting and they would stay open long enough to get us paid and on our way. As we were killing time we heard another truck was re-routed to us and was "50 miles away" -- this was around noon. This truck had 245 generators and they counted off people in line and let the rest know today wasnt happening. We were under 100 so we were good! After an hour or so they announced it was a mistake and the truck was 125 miles away but was still due in before they closed early at 3pm. Time ticked by ... at 1:30-1:45pm they said the truck would not be making it as they were closing at 2pm now ... and they sent us all home empty handed after waiting since 8am (or earlier) - no pre-pay, no number in line to hold a spot for the next day, NOTHING -- all wasted time -- OH and they were closed on Tuesday so we were stuck till Wednesday if we wanted to get back in line and do it all over again!

After 80+ phone calls we were placed on a list for a Home Depot that was expecting a delivery ... later in the afternoon yesterday they called. We had 2 hrs to come in and claim ours or it went to the next in line. We made it and came home with a Honeywell 5500 watt unit - great!

Dropped it off in the garage and ran out to get dinner. Came home, wired it up, added gas/oil and fired it up ... only to look up and see our power had just been restored - FML

This one certainly is staying with us and at least we will be ready for next time. Now we are going to have a transfer box installed and even price out a whole-house unit.
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#27
I picked one up yesterday. 6000kw 740.00 otd. All i have to do now is take it out of the box and install the wheels and fill'er up with the supplied oil.
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#28
As an FYI, Cabelas in Hamburg PA has "plenty" of Champion 3500 watt generators. Just picked mine up from there today. $429.00 for the remote start model, 309.99 for the pull start only version.
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#29
I just ordered a 6500w genny from HD. It's on back order but should be available soon.

All of the manual transfer switches are sold out so I'll be waiting a bit to order one of those. I need the switch to be able to run the well pump.

Sandy really kicked me in the ass to finally get a genny. It sucked not having running water for 2.5 days. I didnt mind not having lights or tv but having to pour water into the toilet tank in order to flush got really old quick.
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#30
Honestly, I think this storm has had some good outcome. I've noticed more people taking an interest, and hopefully not a passing one, in preparation.
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