Electric Power Generator:

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    I live very close to the Jersey Shore, which was hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Where I live is one of very few areas which were spared major damage and power outage. Having seen what happened to nearby communities, and having watched a TV production called, The Coming Storm, I decided to get an electric power generator, which arrived this afternoon.

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    The expense is a bit of a setback for something I hope I will never need to use. But the thought of being without electricity for days, or weeks -- which has been typical in this area, is daunting.

    This generator is available from Amazon. It comes with a kit to install the wheels and the handles for moving it around (it weighs 115 pounds) and it runs for 10 hours on five gallons of gas. It will power a refrigerator, lights, computer, fans, tv, or even a window a/c.



    A year ago I would not have succumbed to the idea of buying a generator. But the damage the hurricane caused, combined with that tv documentary, scared the hell out of me. It showed and explained quite convincingly how and why electric power outages will soon become commonplace because of the changes in weather and the decayed condition of our electrical grid and local distribution facilities.

    Today I can say I feel the same about power generators as I feel about guns, which is it's better to have one and not need it than to need one and not have it.
     
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    Here ya go:

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    And get a hot chick to go with it..........
     
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    I guy has got to do, whatever he has to do, to keep ESPN in the home.
     
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    $500 ain't bad.
    Be sure to change out the gasoline once/year. And keep extra on hand.
     
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    Actually I paid only $450 for it from Amazon and they shipped it free.

    Re: the gasoline: Does that stabilizer chemical for preserving gasoline really work: If so, how long is it effective?

    I probably will fill it with oil and put half a gallon of gas in and run it out to test it. How long before the oil needs to be changed if standing idle in a garage?

    And thanks for the info. (I'm an engine dummy.)
     
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    If all else fails, read the instructions.
     
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    And follow the manufacturer's recurring maintenance schedule.
     
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    We don't need no stinking instructions.
     
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    i did the same thing, we were 11 days without power. I broke down and bought a generator as well
     
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    I would suggest putting a transfer panel to your breaker panel. I makes things much easier......
     

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