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2 years 23 weeks ago, 3:53 PM

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Thinking of getting a gasloline powered back up generator for home use. How large do I really need to powere basic stuff, 3500 or 4000 etd. Also, I see they have a kit that connects the generator to the breaker box for about $250, has anyone dealt with them?

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2 years 23 weeks ago, 4:07 PM

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b/u genie...

I have a Generac xps8000 that I bought about 3 years ago. It runs just about everything in my house, but, it is at peak capacity to do so. I WANT a 17k propane powered unit ( I heat with propane ) but don't have the 5 or 6 grand to get one installed. The transfer (sp?) switch is nice, but where I live I just wired it up myself, to an empty 220 breaker in my box, and make sure the main is off before i start the genie, and then flip the breaker. Also, we have a deep H2O well, witch is on the same circuit as the hot water heater. Hope this helps!

2 years 23 weeks ago, 7:17 PM

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Thanks Gomer, this certainly gives me a place to start. How loud is the xps8000?

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2 years 23 weeks ago, 9:06 AM

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re: b/u genie.....

It's not too loud you can hear it running indoors with the
windows closed but it won't keep you awake. Sorry I took so long to respond but I didn't hop back on after I got home last nite around 20:45

2 years 23 weeks ago, 9:10 AM

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Forgot to mention that the genie sits right under my bedroom floor, outdoors of course

2 years 23 weeks ago, 10:02 AM

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I really appreciate the information and there is no need to apologise, I was glad to get the information.

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2 years 11 weeks ago, 2:17 PM

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2 years 12 weeks ago, 9:44 AM

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but was "too busy" (that's B.S. for lazy) to act on it.

WHAT GENSET DO I NEED: RULES OF THUMB
•2-3 essential loads (fridge, small furnace, window A/C)- 4,000 W 120V ($400);
•Most items in a small home-
8,000 W portable 120/240V ($1000);
•Whole house with a central A/C - 15-20 kW standby ($3,700-5,000 plus $2,000-5,000 installation).

http://www.ehow.com/list_7566811_household-appliances-5500watt-generator...

I've owned a few generators, smallest was 750W and I used it several times during power outages to keep the fridge cold running it every few hours. Biggest was 5500, manuel start. I used it once for power outage but several times for remote power, power tools away from the house. After awhile pull starting it became too much, sold it to my Bro-In-Law who has massive biceps LOL!
I do not own a generator now, propane lanterns, propane camp stove and fireplace. I keep very little food in the fridge since I live alone, if I lose it all no biggie.

I Cannot Emphasize Enough How Important It Is To Keep Your Generator ISOLATED From The Grid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It can kill power company workers who are out restoring service.

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2 years 11 weeks ago, 5:09 PM

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I have yet to purchase one and I found your post elpful, I have an electrician friend working on it for me. I would need the push start kind as I am away from home for extended periods and the wife may need to start it. I will let you know what I ended up doing.

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