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New house, need generator.
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Just bought a new house. First mod is going to be a whole house generator.

Any tips/tricks? Brands to stay away from? Recommended brands?

Thanks

Justin
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Mine is a Generac, that was bought in 1999, it's too small to be a whole house, but it starts with no problems and runs everything I need. Definitely look for one that has an engine brand that you recognize, Tecumsah, B&S, Honda, don't get one with these cheap no name chinese engines. Try to find one that's multi-fuel and not just gas. LP would be great because it can be stored in fairly large quantities and it never goes bad vs gas that you need to rotate.
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I am planning on having it hooked up to my natural gas supply.

Justin
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JustinHEMI;158524 Wrote:I am planning on having it hooked up to my natural gas supply.

Justin

Whatcha gonna do when that stops flowing? Smile

Normally the ones that run NG will also run LP. Might be a good idea to keep a couple larger bottles on hand and a hookup line.
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Not to go off topic, but I'm anxious to see what "the war room" will look like....

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streaker69;158525 Wrote:
JustinHEMI;158524 Wrote:I am planning on having it hooked up to my natural gas supply.

Justin

Whatcha gonna do when that stops flowing? Smile

Normally the ones that run NG will also run LP. Might be a good idea to keep a couple larger bottles on hand and a hookup line.

Yeah the one I'm looking at says "Switch between natural gas and LP fuel in the field in a few seconds, without the need for any tools."

Justin
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I'm a solar panel fan. Only way that's going to stop producing electricity is when the sun stops shining. I also like wind energy, and my front yard light doubles as a wind turbine. I got the idea from the 2012 London Olympics. The decorative metal "cage" around the lamp is the wind turbine. Next time I'm at my house in Virginia I'm changing the bulb in that pole to led so that more electricity can be routed to the house. Not that I'm complaining. The less I spend on utilities the more I can spend on ammo.
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We looked at a few back at the old place, I liked the Generac and then the Kohlers. We've since moved since it so it never happened, but that's the brands I settled on. The one piece of advice I did read was to buy one larger than you'll need. Totally dependent on your size house of course. I did the calculator and overestimated everything, and then decided on the 22k model, whole home. Overkill, yes but I wasn't that much more than the 16K.

When doing my research, what I saw that I did like is that a few people put them kinda far away from the house, over by a shed so it would be hidden from the curb and the noise wouldn't bother you if you were on them for an extended period.

We don't have NG, but I did notice that NG or LP gave you better/worse performance. I don't recall which was better/worse, but there was a difference.

And congrats on the house!

EDIT: One more thing, and don't forget--when you're budget you'll need about grand for a concrete pad depending on where it is and how big you want it.


Philadelphia Patriot;158526 Wrote:Not to go off topic, but I'm anxious to see what "the war room" will look like....

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I would LOVE a prep room like that, but unfortunately I already see the signs that when my kids become teenagers that room will be called the "pantry."

My 9 year old is skinny as a rail, but can pack away 1lb of pasta like its nothing. And still want more.
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I normally tell people to get the smallest generator that can run everything they need to run during a power outage, because it will consume less fuel than a larger generator which gives you a longer run time. The exception to that rule is if you have a natural gas hookup. Regardless of what the doomsday preppers say, you are pretty unlikely to lose natural gas during a power outage. So assuming it's not an apocalyptic scenario, you will essentially have an unlimited supply of fuel. I would go with a larger generator.

But before you chose a size, you really need to figure out what you need to run. Do you have a well, or public water? Do you have a basement with a sump pump? Do you have AC? What type of heat do you have?

Also, what are your expectations? Do you want all the creature comforts of home during an extended power outage, or are you okay with just "getting by?" Do you want a generator that automatically starts, or are you okay with manually starting the generator and switching it over?

Lastly, what is your budget?

Answer these questions and we can help you better.
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bac0nfat;158541 Wrote:I normally tell people to get the smallest generator that can run everything they need to run during a power outage, because it will consume less fuel than a larger generator which gives you a longer run time.

Don't some of the generators have some sort of 'smart' switching which consumes fuel based upon the load? Could have sworn the Generac did, but I really don't remember. That was one of the things I liked about it, if I only was using 30% of the power it would consume 30% of the fuel. But there was a minimum consumption and 30% may have been close to that.

As I said, I researched this a couple years ago, so I could be mis-remembering.

I based my needs on running the well, septic, plus all major appliances like 3 ACs, fridge, 2 freezers, dishwasher, stove, washer, dryer and some electronics.

Not that I would realistically use all at one time of course, but I wanted the ability.
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