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Subject: generator install
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 12:38 -0400 (EDT)
     just completed a generator installation last January, and have 
     completely eliminated power outage for my whole neighborhoo.  Well, 
     I put in a 8kw natural gas powered unit with a manual cutover switch.  
     The automatic switches were just too expensive and I still had to 
     start the generator anyway.  The auto standby units in this size are 
     around $8,000.  I've got about $3k in mine. I did my own wiring and 
     plumbing.  The cutover switch was around $240.00 for a 200 amp unit.  
     I can run any circuit in my house except the air conditioning ( after 
     a 5 hour outage last week in 95 degree weather, I wish I had a larger 
     I would highly recommend nat gas powered. You can just turn on the gas 
     valve...start the gen...and walk away.  The old generator was a small 
     tank gas unit that kept me up nights filling the tank to keep the heat 
     The newer units seem to be fairly voltage constant but I wouldn't run 
     my computer on one.  and as long as the engine rpm stays steady the 
     frequency is close to 60hzs.  But your clocks will run a little funky 
     most of the time.
     I try to start it at least once a month to charge the batteries and 
     run the critters out of it.  Run it under load to dry out the 
     generator wiring.
     Hope this helps

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