So I was awakened this morning by the beeping of UPS devices. The power is out. I had a longer post in mind for the day, but don’t like typing on small cell screens. Maybe later.

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D · May 27, 2022 at 9:46 am

No generator?

I’m not even in hurricane country, and I have a generator for my house, a generator for my office outbuilding, and and a generator for my pumphouse outbuilding.

Basically, the only thing that doesn’t have a generator is the septic pump…but I have it adjusted to keep about 7 days worth of head-space in the tank. If the power is out longer than 7 days, I can drop my trash pump hose into the grey tank and put the other end of the hose into a pipe on my septic mound.

You know “they” are talking about how there will be outages this summer because the grid is going to be strained by “high temperatures” (*cough*globalwarming*cough*).

Get a Champion for ~$1k at your local big box store, buy a ~$500 manual transfer switch and a 50-amp RV plug to mount on the outside of your house. Took me about 2 hours to wire mine up.

    Divemedic · May 27, 2022 at 10:51 am

    I have a genny, but it’s portable and needs to be rigged. Not doing that for a short outage.
    We are moving in a year and I am planning on getting an automatic standby Gen in the next one.

    EN2 SS · May 27, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    I just use a 50 amp breaker for the generator, flip mains off, 50s on and start the engine. Going to move? Mines mounted on wheels, it goes where I goes. I bought it during Hurricane Ike fourteen years ago, it still runs like a champ on gasoline, propane or natural gas. Power off more than 30 minutes? It’s powering my house within 5 minutes.

      D · May 28, 2022 at 7:23 pm

      That’s a good solution…until someone (probably not you) tries to use it, forgets the sequence for the breakers, and destroys the generator or kills a lineman. Hopefully you have an interlock on that breaker.

Big Ruckus D · May 27, 2022 at 3:33 pm

I put in a Generac automatic standby setup in 2008 after a bad summer storm in 2005 and two bad ice storms winter of 05/06 each caused power outages of several hours to a full day in each instance. Piped to nat gas supply, automatic utility loss detection, gen startup and transfer. Runs the whole house (excluding some non-critical loads).

I also have an 8kw gasoline powered genset as a backup unit that can be patched in at the tranfer switch with some effort, if the standby unit fails or nat gas supply is interrupted.

If doing an automatic standby I reccomend having maintennance kits (air and oil filters plus spark plugs) an extra controller circuit board, set of extra coil packs, extra oil pressure sensor and maybe a spare starter. Also a decent external battery charger in case the integral one dies (older residential Generac models were known for the float charger being a bit failure prone, though mine has never had an issue).

I keep all the above plus a supply of the specified oil and spare valve cover gaskets on hand, as any of the those parts failing (and not being available in short order, which is a real concern these days) makes the genset an instant and expensive boat anchor.

I also keep a couple of 2.5kW inverters on hand, my truck has a custom high output alternator to handle that load. Other vehicles can have a spare battery paralleled in fairly quickly if needed to run the inverter.

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