How about a onan generator the runs on prograne or natural gas and it is
auto start and transfer and all you do is wait for 30 seconds and the
circuits you have wil turn back on and then the generator turns off when the
power comes back on...
Personally, I wouldn't install the plug as was mentioned. I would
hard-wire it. But if one were to install a plug, you could also slip
in an uninteruptable power supply (from a computer store) to keep your
system up for a few minutes until you get the generator fired up. It
would run a fan, but not a water pump. It would also clean up the
power from your generator.
If it were me I would get a Honda EU3000is (actually I just bought
one). They are very quiet. So noise shouldn't be an issue. Then for
placement, I would choose one of these 2 options:
1. Build a small patio for it, as suggested by Chris Lewis in a
previous post, using four 4x4 posts sunk into the ground with cement
footings and cover it with a roof. Put the generator on a raised cement
pad or build a wooden pallet out of treated lumber to put it on, or
2. During a power outage place the generator a few inches from an open
garage door with the exhaust facing the door. Buy a powerful, new fan
and blow the exhaust out the door. Fans last for years and seldom fail
and even if it did quit working, it's not going to hurt anything since
your garage is detached.
The Honda 3000is (2800W, 120V) doesn't put out as much power as most of
us would like to have, but it makes up for it with it's low noise level
and fuel economy.
As one anti-theft device (in addition to chaining it up), I've been
looking at the "Blackout Buddy". It looks like it has a radio that
comes on when the power goes out.
When you do this, please be VERY safe in your operating of the
A friend of mine had one in his garage. I have every reason to believe
it was installed in a safe and legal manner because they guy was a
licensed architect. One day the power went out and the generator came
on (I do not know if it was a manual connection or auto, but it doesn't
really matter). It ran overnight and in the middle of the night it
died. I don't know the exact reason, but it is assumed it ran out of
He went to refill the tank and restart the generator. There was a
fire. I won't say anything else. Please, just be very careful.
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