Category Archives: Generator Tips

Electric Generators Help Keep Basements Dry

Even a short term power outage can lead to a flooded basement. Strong storms often leave residences without power for a few hours or even a few days. Keeping the basement dry is an immediate concern during heavy rains, and … Continue reading

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Backfeeding with a Generator is Dangerous

Electricity comes into a home from the utility via a transformer. The transformer lowers the voltage from thousands of volts down to 240 volts before it enters the home. In the home, it passes through the main circuit breaker and … Continue reading

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Portable Generator Placement for Safety

Hurricane Sandy developed into a Superstorm that traversed the Appalachian Mountains and pushed it’s way into Michigan, Wisconsin and Canada. Although no longer a hurricane, it still had fierce winds that gusted to 50 MPH which produced waves on Lake … Continue reading

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FEMA Helps Out with Money for Generators

Superstorm Sandy turned into the largest diameter hurricane on record, spanning more than 1100 miles before making landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey. It became the second most expensive hurricane with more than 65 billion in damage, and the costs … Continue reading

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Home Generators for Emergency Power

No matter where you live, a power outage is a possibility and concern. When the power goes out for an extended period, your home loses the ability to control its indoor climate. Damage can result from frozen pipes, flooded basements, … Continue reading

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Portable Generators and Your Home’s Electrical Ground

A necessary part of any electrical system is the ground―a path without resistance to the earth in most systems, such as that found in your home. The ground protects people from harmful or even fatal shocks and it protects buildings … Continue reading

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Portable Generator Fuel Storage

When a power outage strikes, the last thing you want to do is drive around looking for an open gas station to buy fuel for your portable generator. Nearby retailers may be affected by the outage and unless they have … Continue reading

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Moving Air Cooled Standby Generators

Moving and placing a standby generator is not an easy task. The units are heavy, with shipping weights that approach 600 pounds for 20 kilowatt generators, and more than 450 pounds for 10 kilowatt units. The weight is not balanced … Continue reading

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What is the National Electrical Code?

The National Electrical Code (NEC) specifies standard methods of electrical installations to protect the safety of people and property. The code is updated and published every three years by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The code itself is not … Continue reading

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Standby Home Generator Cold Weather Preparation

Have you ever gone out to the car on frosty morning, turned the key and it just barely turned over? A cold battery produces less power, and the colder it gets, the worse it gets. Along with less power from … Continue reading

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