* Hedges or other bushes help muffle and dampen the noise.
I suggest both a chain and padlock, and a large dog. Generators
are a very high theft item. Chain it to something secure, and
chain the dog down, too. Helps if the dog is slightly hungry at
* What works for me, in the evening. Put a galon of gas in, and
then when the generator runs out of gas, it's bedtime. Let the
generator cool for a few minutes, and bring it indoors. (Cool,
out of gas and not running, silly, before anyone flames me.)
If you use ether spray, spray it onto the air filter. If you
remove the spark plug and spray ether into the cylinder, you will
lock up the piston and turn your generator into a piece of
worthless junk. A neighbor did this to my Dad.
* I bought a 1200 watt ETQ off Ebay. Two cycle gas mixer. I was
amazed how quiet it is. Someday I'll drill a hole in the air
cleaner cover so I can spray ether right onto the foam element.
Honda has a reputation for being totally dependable and very
quiet. Also twice the price. One time during a power cut, some
friends of mine borrowed their brother's Honda. It wouldn't
start, so I went over and give it a squirt of ether. Started
right up. No idea how old the gas was, no one there knew.
* Be a good neighbor, don't run your generator after the
neighborhood kids are supposed to be in bed.
Christopher A. Young
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