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Old 11-02-2012, 03:04 AM   #1
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Default Generator for home use

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I'd probably want to energize the whole panel. My cousin has a gas fired generator with a Generac panel that only feeds certain circuits when the generator kicks in. It's effectively a UPS, although he did say that when the grid power fails, it takes some time for the system to react, and fire up the generator and take over. But it is automatic. Happens when they aren't there to keep their furnace, sump pump, and freezers powered when the grid fails.
Quite the system. I think I'd be happy with a manual one, but if the price were right, I might go gas fired generator and some sort of automatic UPS system, for when we're on the road.



Funny talking about back feeding and the hazard to Hydro workers.
We lost a Bluewater Power guy in the cleanup after the storm yesterday. Left a wife and 2 kids, I believe.
I don't know the details, but it was probably a true accident, as he was apparently a veteran in the biz, and those guys know the dangers and are really careful.
Very sad.

Speaking of new toys, I just got back from Buffalo. The culmination of a pre-Christmas shopping trip to get started on my new other "hobby". I've been looking to get into some sport shooting ever since I retired 7 years ago, and today I picked up a few items to that end. Saved a ton of money, so it was worth the drive, as they say. I hope to join a local club/range next week, and get out and refresh my skills in a sport that I dabbled in many years ago. Really looking forward to it. Although cold weather shooting might be a challenge this time of year.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:21 PM   #2
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Costco (Canada) seems to have good prices for a dedicated backup system:
http://www.costco.ca/Honeywell%C2%AE-10 ... 64172.html

10,000 watts $2,800.00, wireless remote monitor etc............

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Last winter, our power was down for a week. We kept the house warm with the wood-burning-stove, and we kept the two fridge/freezers going with the Roadtrek generator. A couple days into the outage, we plugged our neighbors freezer in also.
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Costco (Canada) seems to have good prices for a dedicated backup system:
http://www.costco.ca/Honeywell%C2%AE-10 ... 64172.html

10,000 watts $2,800.00, wireless remote monitor etc............
The price went up at Costco. The link above is gone, and the remaining emergency stanby generator is twice the capacity and twice the price......
http://www.costco.ca/Honeywell%C2%AE-20 ... 09307.html

It is essentially what my cousin has.
Wonder what it might cost for one in the USA?
http://www.honeywellstore.com/store/pro ... erator.htm
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