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    Ordered a Standby Generator

    Well after several years of contemplating a whole house generator , I pulled the trigger today . I didn't lose power during Harvey , but I would rather be proactive than reactive . Also considering that I am not getting any younger , I think I will have a warm and fuzzy knowing that if power goes off , the genset will come on automatically . My home is currently all electric , so I will have to procure a propane tank and service . I plan to install myself and have it blessed by a coworker (master electrician) and the authorities having jurisdiction . Now I need to get going with all the logistics of the install . Should be fun !!!
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    We have propane for our gas logs,,
    consider adding the gas logs, my wife REALLY loves them.
    Trouble free, concentrated heat,, no complaints of a cold room EVER!!
    The cost to run the gas logs is insignificant compared to the comfort.

    Even if it is only for a few days a year,, the smiles are worth the effort,
    Especially when you are older,,,
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    I have NEVER regretted installing our 15kw Generac, it has over 400 hours on it and it's about 9 years old. It ran almost nonstop for 6 days once after an ice storm, we where very comfortable!
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    I put in my own and it was pretty easy. Make sure you put in a big enough gas line. The generator won't run right if you don't. My generator had a 1/2" inlet so I put in a 1/2" gas main from the regulator to the unit. Didn't run right. Changed to a 3/4" and all was well. I would say other than that setting the load and frequency took the most care. Ours is a Generac also; 8K model.
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    I have installed a few of these. What brand did you buy? I really like installing the kohler brand. I have installed the general brand also, they to me are more of a diy unit where as the kohler is more of a professional unit. Helps we have great factory support on the kohler units.
    You will enjoy the peace of mind your gen set will give you.
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    We just got natural gas in our area. So this will be on my list to do. I have a portable that runs most of the house but am looking forward to not having to hook it up, filling with gas and if we’re not home it automatically comes on.
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    In ~1995 (I think that is the year) we had a major snow storm.
    The snow knocked out electricity,,
    Those with natural gas thought,, "No problem, we can stay warm"

    Well, it turns out the natural gas was pumped by,,,,, ELECTRICITY!!

    The natural gas stopped,,
    LOTS of people bought wood, and pellet stoves the next year!!
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    I'm still waiting on the Generac 22KW natural gas I ordered over 2 months ago. The story is that new production was diverted to Houston, then to Florida, and now to Puerto Rico. Obviously, folks in those places need it more than I do, so I'm OK with waiting.

    I do wonder about the availability of natural gas to end users in PR, but maybe the components were used to make a unit running on another fuel.
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    I've also had a 15kw generac for many years. I did have a few problems with it. The rocker arm came loose on one side and broke the valve cover. After reading up on it, they do recommend adjusting them every so often, which I didn't do. The only other issue I had was losing 1 phase of my underground feed from the utility, which shorted out near the pole. This caused a lot of problems because the generator couldn't decide whether power was out or not. The solenoid for the transfer switch ended up overheating and burning up. I got it fixed, but also had to re-adjust the frequency.

    Anyway, it's been 15-16 years since I bought it and used it often.

    My suggestion to you is do a lot of thinking about location. My panel is on the front of the house and the generator came pre-wired with 50' of wire. I knew I didn't want the unit on the front lawn, and also wanted to consider noise when it was running, so I stripped the wire out of it, placed the generator behind the garage and the propane tank on the side of the garage and ran conduits for controls and feed to the house. It was more money, but much better installation. Be mindful of the exhaust too.

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