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Where do you place your generator?
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Since I will be without power until at least late next week, I picked up a generator today to run a few household things and to keep some electronics charged.

Obviously, I know you cant keep these inside, but I was wondering what some of you have done in order to protect them from the elements.

Right now mine is on my front porch, brick wall on one side (~6 inches of clearance), the back (non-exhaust part) faces the front door (~12 inches of clearance), and the other two sides (including exhaust side) are both facing areas that are wide open and have good air flow. Is this too close to the house?
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#2
In the bedroom. The soothing noise helps me go to sleep, every time.

But seriously. I basically do the same thing as you. The generator goes on the front porch, under the overhang to stay dry. The exhaust points outward, away from the house. My porch is wide open on all sides, except obviously the side that attaches to the house. I'm not dead yet, so I guess it works.

Be sure to have several CO detectors in the house, with good batteries, and in a place where you will hear them whether you are sleeping or doing anything else.
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Technically, yes it's too close to the house. It is recommended that they be I believe at least 20 feet from the house. Obviously that isn't possible all the time, and this brings up something I was thinking about today while shopping. EVERYONE that just went out and bought a generator should have also purchased a CO detector and have it in the room closest to the generator. That way, if the fumes start seeping in, you'll know about it before you're dead.

Also, be aware that lots of generators are getting stolen, record the serial number, take pictures of it and chain the damn thing down to something solid if you can. Make it as difficult as possible for someone to steal it.
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streaker69;34135 Wrote:EVERYONE[/i[i]] that just went out and bought a generator should have also purchased a CO detector and have it in the room closest to the generator.

Thats a great idea....back to the hardware store.

also, in general how weatherproof are generators? how much rain can they tolerate?
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glocke12;34137 Wrote:
streaker69;34135 Wrote:EVERYONE[/i[i]] that just went out and bought a generator should have also purchased a CO detector and have it in the room closest to the generator.

Thats a great idea....back to the hardware store.

also, in general how weatherproof are generators? how much rain can they tolerate?

Mine's sat out in driving rain with no problems. I do put duct tape over the outlets that I'm not using though. Water evaporates off the engine and generator head quickly because they're both hot. I think mine has even been out in snow without any problems. I wouldn't want it out in the weather if it wasn't running though.
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Yeah, as far away as possible and DO NOT try to build a little shed around it to protect it......a genny that breathes it's own exhaust will get just as sick as you if you eat your own waste, LOL

We had a guy KILL a Honda EU2000 in a month cause he was running it inside a shed.

When it's running it won't matter much, but you will want to protect it while sitting, corrosion will be hard on it then....and store it empty too....

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#7
Good post. I was wondering about this myself. I wasn't sure if they needed to be under a roof, or, if they would be fine just out in the rain and snow.

I thought I would have to put it under some kind of a roof to protect it.

Good idea on the detectors too. Better safe than sorry.
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I have one of mine in an out building with the exhaust piped throungh the wall. No problems with the generator. The other is the generator for my motor home
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glocke12;34130 Wrote:Since I will be without power until at least late next week, I picked up a generator today to run a few household things and to keep some electronics charged.

Obviously, I know you cant keep these inside, but I was wondering what some of you have done in order to protect them from the elements.

Right now mine is on my front porch, brick wall on one side (~6 inches of clearance), the back (non-exhaust part) faces the front door (~12 inches of clearance), and the other two sides (including exhaust side) are both facing areas that are wide open and have good air flow. Is this too close to the house?

streaker69;34135 Wrote:Technically, yes it's too close to the house. It is recommended that they be I believe at least 20 feet from the house. Obviously that isn't possible all the time, and this brings up something I was thinking about today while shopping. EVERYONE that just went out and bought a generator should have also purchased a CO detector and have it in the room closest to the generator. That way, if the fumes start seeping in, you'll know about it before you're dead.

Also, be aware that lots of generators are getting stolen, record the serial number, take pictures of it and chain the damn thing down to something solid if you can. Make it as difficult as possible for someone to steal it.

Each time one of these storms comes/passes I think about getting a generator. I'm not worried about CO, I've always had detectors for that and smoke in my home, not worried about the elements, I would hope they're built to "take it" as it were, my worry is the thing being stolen or tampered with. I live in a row home neighborhood, I could secure the thing to a wrought iron fence I have along the patio, but it would be less than 8 feet from the house. I think I'd have to stand guard over the thing to keep it from being stolen or tampered with.
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streaker69;34135 Wrote:Also, be aware that lots of generators are getting stolen, record the serial number, take pictures of it and chain the damn thing down to something solid if you can. Make it as difficult as possible for someone to steal it.

I don't think anyone will be walking off with mine...

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