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About an hour ago we lost a/c power. Waited ten minutes and started up the Generator.

We got lights but no a/c.
GenSet can't handle it, a 4 ton unit.
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Sounds like one heck of a storm coming through tonight. Checked the weather map, yikes.


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After about 15 minutes of no a/c and me getting hot and starting to sweat badly, I decided to see if the GenSet can handle the big Attic Fan.


Yeah!!! yes it does!

with the patio door open, we now have a lot of air coming in blowing directly across our living room recliners.

The AT&T ADSL is working, so we have Internet for the laptops and the cellphones.
No TV though, the APS power supply won't sync up with the GenSet.....
I had noticed this the last time we needed the GenSet and called up the manufacturer for APS units.
They told me it is because the GenSets are okay for power tools, freezers and fridges, but the wave form is too distorted for them to sync up to it.

oh well, there is still a lot of lightning going on outside. the power company is sending out text alerts to some of us, that we won't be back on until about 2 AM.

I need to find out why I did not get that alert. We found out from a neighbor who sent a text to my daughter.

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I was worrying about the gas getting old in the GenSet, and was thinking about siphoning it out, and refilling with fresh fuel....

looks like we will get about 4 hours of run time tonight, so a good part of that fuel is going to be used up....

Think I will put some Stabil in the tank before I refill it this time.
it is Pure Gas so not quite so volatile as the E10 in the local gas pumps, and it has always been stored inside the garage, under climate control.

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yeah, but we hope that the power stays on next time.

I just hit the transfer switch and put us back on PSO Electric.

now I am waiting for the GenSet's carburetor to run out of gas.
the instructions stress implicitly that you are turn shut off the fuel, and allow it to run until it quits.

Did that the last time, and it started right up, just like it was supposed to, and has not been run since July of last year. Good thing it has an AGM battery on it, same size as the one in my bike.

It whirled right over, just like it had been fully charged yesterday.

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If you are expecting more major weather, why put the generator in dry storage?
Fill the tank, adding stabil or seafoam and be ready to go tonight!
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I have a couple of 12v deep cycle RV batteries and 1500 watt inverters to run the electronics. These are kept in the garage on trickle chargers. These will run the TV and cable box/ DVD player for about 24 hours. I use the generator for the refrigerator. I have marine 12v screw in light bulbs for a couple of lamps in the house. In the PNW our power outages are in the winter. My generator will not run the furnace, but we have a fireplace to keep us warm.

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Our HVAC is a 4 ton a/c unit for cooling, but for heating it is just an air handler blower that pulls 5 amps.

The heater is a Natural Gas unit, so in the winter, we can be very comfortable during a power outage.

I left the GenSet plugged up just like it was when it shut down. It is raining again, and more storms are drifting by us tonight. It will just sit where it is until the storms are history... can't leave it there permanently though, it is on the concrete driveway from the attached garage.

The unit is not "weather tight", and if left outside permanently, the mice will eat up the wiring, and dampness will cause corrosion. but for a few days, it can sit outside ready and waiting.

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can you put it on a slab? Build a little house around it?
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