Do you have a generator?

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Registered: 04-30-2000
Do you have a generator?
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Fri, 11-16-2012 - 6:50pm

Hurricane Sandy brought to our attention once again what it is like to be without electricity.

 A few years ago we were without power for a week in February. I live in the midwest, where we have snow and it gets COLD. That was a miserable week! We did keep our fireplace going but it had been switched to gas logs a before and the gas logs don't give off much heat unless you are sitting on the hearth.. We thought about a generator after that but we are without so seldom that it could sit for years between uses. I am begining to wonder once again if we should look into one.

Do you have a generator? Have you thought about on?  

 

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Wed, 11-21-2012 - 4:03pm

I'm with you... it shows that anyone anywhere 'might' need one at some point. Makes one think, doesn't it?

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Wed, 11-21-2012 - 4:01pm

See, that is what I figure too and if it sits too long unused, would be my luck if/when I might need it would it start??? Hopefully you never will need it!!!

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Registered: 04-18-2012
Wed, 11-21-2012 - 7:48am

We do not have a generator.  I will say that the recent storms in the East have me thinking about getting one, though.  We don't live in an area where we have severe weather, but it makes you think that something could happen no matter where you live...

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Registered: 02-16-2012
Tue, 11-20-2012 - 2:03am

We bought one after Hurricane Katrina but haven't had to use it! Go figure. So yeah, it's just sitting in our garage, sigh.

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Mon, 11-19-2012 - 8:55pm

I always try to have stuff to cook in case of a snowstorm. But we are never snowed in like we used to experience when I was a kid. Oh, I suggested to dh this conversation tthat IF we bought a generator we should keep gas too! lol  Interesting for us it comes up when our power goes out for more than a few hours.. This Sandy deal made me wonder once again if we should once again consider that purchase.. even if just enough to run furnace, fridge/freezer..

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Mon, 11-19-2012 - 8:51pm

I am not even going to pretend I know what you just said... Embarassed BUT I get your main idea that you do have a set up.  lol We looked at a whole house generator but the prices... We talked about one that would run the furnace and refrigerator... But I think we have only been without a week two times sine 78. One was in February and the other July.  Two different outside temps involved... Now, if I lived near you, I would know where to go in case of power outage... lol 

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Mon, 11-19-2012 - 11:13am

I live just east of you so I know what you mean. We too have been wondering about a generator but not sure it would be worth the investment. Power loss is very rare here but it does happen on occasion.

Besides, it appeared to me that for even those with generators in the Sandy disaster, they couldn't find gas to run them.

We have a wood stove which gives off plenty enough heat to heat the entire house. It isn't as controlled as electric heat but in the even of power loss (like ice storm) we would not freeze. We can also cook on it. We have lanterns, candles and oil lamps for light. We tend to keep a few days nonperishables on hand (you just never know when they might come in handy) so we are wondering if a generator is even something we really need.

Brenda

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Registered: 08-18-2012
Fri, 11-16-2012 - 9:33pm

Hi Coldfingers,

Yes, 4KW which is also a gas powered welder. I DON'T HAVE a transfer panel, I installed a 50 amp stove plug on the power pole below disconnect panel and made a power cord for this purpose. The power cord has directions how to connect the welder/genset to power the house without feedback into the power line. Recall I'm a retired electronics eng/tech who knows his way around power systems.

If you ever lost a refrigerator full of food, usually that is justification enough for the purchase. 4KW is enough to run the refrigerator, microwave, GSHP, and LCD TV you have run the microwave after the GSHP turns off. For a guy cold drinks, food, cooking, 72 degrees, and TV is life support. Let you neighbors know you have have a genset otherwise they will be calling asking why your power is on LOL!! Ed