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Posted by sw on January 20, 2009, 11:28 pm

Thanks for the input everyone.  The natural gas port you described is
the one I remember in my house as a kid.  Is it better to have a
transfer switch installed between incoming and panel? Or is it better
to have only a few circuits on by-pass?

Posted by vaughn on January 20, 2009, 11:39 pm

   A whole house transfer switch is the gold standard, and also the most
expensive because it must be big enough to handle your home's full utility
load.  The cheapest legal option may be an interlock kit.  I use a transfer
switch that transfers only six circuits.  It also provides a KW meter so
that I don't overload my generator.  http://www.nbmc.com/emergen/index.html


Posted by ransley on January 22, 2009, 6:01 pm
Get a prius. Most any gen can be converted to Ng-Propane for a few
hundred. So your choises are maybe 500$ and up to what ever you want.
Sometimes Lowes has free prewired transfer kits when you buy a
Generac. www.propane-generators.com     Tri fuel.

Posted by vaughn on January 22, 2009, 7:43 pm

     There are many bad generators choices available to you, Generac is said
my many to be one of the worst.  Inform yourself by doing an Internet search
for reviews before you buy any new generator.


Posted by ransley on January 23, 2009, 1:59 pm

Ive have two about 5 yrs old a 5500 and 7500-13500 and have no issues,
The 7500 keeps 3.5 to 4v swing no load to full load and the 5500 5-6v.
Cheap for what you pay and maybe quality issues, but truck loads are
sold through box stores. The 7500w OHV has oil filter, voltage
stabilisation, idle control, electric start. A 1000w honda EU with
transfer panel would cost more.

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