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  1. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I've been fortunate enough to score two free generators in the past ten years, from people who no longer wanted them. One was still in the box, the other never used. One is a small, harbor freight--same size as their tailgater. The other is a larger, Meijer exclusive brand Both work, I guess...
  2. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I pride myself on being prepared & keeping up with my stuff :D: During the big flood - my genny ran perfectly -- about 6 hours in the late afternoon to early evening -- for about 2 weeks straight -- After the power came back on -- refreshed the gas - new plug - oil change - checked everything...
  3. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have 3 generators and I've never had to use them I start them up every 4 to 6 months for 10 minutes or less (perhaps I should run them a bit longer to burn off condensation) just to make sure they run without issue my question is how often I should I be changing the oil, my current schedule is...
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Here's the deal....I have a 30 year old 2,000 watt Coleman generator that works like a charm. I purchased a WEN from Menards 4 years ago that has 8 hours on it but have had nothing but trouble. The 2 is one 1 ....1 is none nags me. The WEN has been giving me fits. I have replaced the carb and...
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I was at my local Costco (Torrance, Ca) and came across these Goal Zero Nomad 7M Sherpa Portable Solar Power units... comes with a bunch of accessories- they are only $99 bucks. I bought one. Curious, I looked these up on Costco's website and they show $139.00. Couldn't find them cheaper on...
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Does anyone have experience with the goal zero solar 350? What I am wanting to know, how long does it take for a 30 watt solar panel take to charge the unit? I read that 2 solar panels can be connected for faster charging.
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I wanted to start a thread about auxiliary power units, they are used mostly in the trucking business but they are small, very reliable, uses very little fuel (1 gal ever 4 hrs) but it provides heating, cooling and power generation. Runs on diesel and can run on bio with very little tweaking...
  8. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I found this on ebay, or "fleabay", as some other guys have called it. Can any of you electricians or generator guru's tell me if this is a good deal or not...
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