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    Default California PG&E outage + generators 10102019

    I am always interested in power generation. I am in Florida, the hurricane place.
    Please say if your military and/or civilian generators are doing what you bought/maintained them for and if they are doing the job.

    https://poweroutage.us/area/state/california

    https://electrek.co/2019/10/10/tesl-...power-outages/
    I was here, had a good time.

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    I haven't had to use either my civi Generac diesel RV gen I set up to use as a backup for the house, or my MEP-802A to do more than run test loads every month or three.

    That being said, I am Generac certified up to commercial generators, so dozens of generators that I maintain for people are all doing what they are supposed to do, which is provide peace of mind when the power is on, and come on and power stuff when the utility is out.

    As with any piece of equipment if you don't take care of it, then it won't take care of you.

    Oh, and one of my customers has a couple of Tesla cars. They bought a 36KW generator so they'd be able to charge them if/when the power goes out. They still own a Ford F150 for hauling stuff and whatnot, which I always find amusing. I don't know of anyone I've met that drives an electric car that doesn't also still own a liquid fueled car or truck as well.

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    Since I purchased my first MEP generator around 2012 we have incurred 2 major outages lasting about a week each due to weather events (ice storm/snow storm). When your well water & septic system depend on electric pumps to work, a generator becomes an absolute necessity after about 24 hrs without power, not to mention the conveniences of running the house & property "business as usual" when the generators are suddenly called into action. Since the 2 major outages we have had a few scheduled maintenance and unscheduled outages that lasted just a few hours, of course we were on generator power as if nothing happend.

    Unfortunately, some people don't seem to grasp the concept of planning ahead until they are faced with a long term power outage. We have some neighbors that do not have whole house type generators and after a couple days without power they had to bail out of their houses and check into hotel$. Since then, I think some of them have at least purchased big box store type generators to barely "get by"...run refrigerator, run space heaters, etc. Now though, during any extended outage I am beginning to hear other larger sounding generators running into the late evenings. Apparently some "got the message" and bit the bullet and invested in whole house generators & had electricians to wire up to their house.

    Having my lil "stable of generators" I feel like my "compound" becomes its own municipality during an extended outage producing power, water & processing sanitation.
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    I recently got a sportsman 800w inverter generator. Its the perfect portable companion to a mep. If all you need to do is charge batterys, run a chest freezer or keep a few lights on its perfect. Very light and very portable. Im up to 9hrs on 0.55gal of fuel. Generstor cost under $200 shipped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmxenbrett View Post
    I recently got a sportsman 800w inverter generator. Its the perfect portable companion to a mep. If all you need to do is charge batterys, run a chest freezer or keep a few lights on its perfect. Very light and very portable. Im up to 9hrs on 0.55gal of fuel. Generstor cost under $200 shipped.
    While that's not a bad deal, I'd argue to say it's NOT the ideal companion as it has nowhere near the quality or longevity that you'll get from the MEP. About the only thing that will come close is the Honda suitcase generators. But for cost $200 is really hard to beat, and when it fails you just toss it and get a new one.

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    Yes short of a carb replacement its a throw away. They all are under $1k.

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    Beware
    Little Hondas are particular with the oil level sensing device
    Dont, toss them, send to me...................
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    I have a couple generators, a yamaha 7500, perfect for mobile needs and and a whisperwatt 25 powering the house. I HATE pg&e by the way

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    It is too bad about all there fires, but you would think that tree trimming and brush removal would be standard affair. But I do find humor that the oh so green state, is having the equivalent of 3rd world electric, and all those dirty generators will be running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frank8003 View Post
    Beware
    Little Hondas are particular with the oil level sensing device
    Dont, toss them, send to me...................

    I’ve been using a Honda EU1000i generator for over 5 years on camping trips, lately - past 2-1/2 years - about 4-6 times a year to my farm in TN while I do construction, infrastructure, etc, running it as much as 24 hours a day 5 days in a row.

    Got it for running small electronics, as the larger unit I owned wasn’t pure sine wave. Cost about $700 then, worth every penny. Starts easily, runs quietly, drinks about 2 gallons of gas a day (24 hours)

    I have larger ones, like a 2800W Honda commercial generator, a 7500W unit (bought back in 1999. When hurricane Isabel took out our power, this ran two refrigerators in our house, coffeemaker, microwave, lights, AND I ran an extension to my neighbor’s and ran a fridge, lights and TV/DVD to entertain his kids but it burns about 9 gallons a day - 10 hours and LOUD?!), then the MEP gensets, will haul the 802a down this spring as I get electrics set up in main garage/workshop (pending cabin construction), meanwhile the 1000W unit runs lights (LED lights), a compact refrigerator and a small coffee pot, at MOST about 900 watts. For very little gas.

    I buy these inexpensive digital hour meters and put them on ALL my gas engines https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Great way to know exactly how long you’ve run the thing for maintenance. I bought the manuals, like my HMMWV and RAM (diesel, of course), I prefer doing all my own maintenance - so far.

    This LAST trip down, with a little over 500 hrs on the generator it began dying suddenly, randomly.

    Neighbor - a small engine mechanic by profession, retired - stopped by and the FIRST thing he suggested was a bad oil level sensor.

    THANK YOU.

    I was just about to tear the thing apart again and begin troubleshooting, now I know exactly where to start.


    BTW: for anyone interested, this is something I threw together about 12 years ago, it’s a prepping guide of sorts, only thing missing is generators as I had little to no experience with them back then. FWIW.

    https://www.scribd.com/document/7784...ie-Attack-Plan
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