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    There is a lot to consider when purchasing a generator. Do you want it portable or fixed? How much current do you need it to pull? Do you want a portable generator that you can hardwire into your house? Or just run extension cords?

    For portable generators look at generators direct, they have good generators and can provide excellent advice on the different brands.

    For the size you want remember there is surge ratings and continuous operation rating. If you have a meter that tells you what you current pulling at the breaker box turn on everything you want powered (oven, refridge) and turn off anything that is unnecessary. The meter (if you have one) should read what the MINIMUM rating should of a generator should be.

    Get an electrician to wire the breaker box so you flip from main power to generator. Do not wire it so that there is back flow into the power grid. If you do this you could risk an electrocuting someone that is working on the lines. The power company can turn off their power, but can't turn yours off.

    I could go on, but its hard from my phone. I am also a professional emergency management specialist so if you dont follow any advice please follow this. Under no circumstances should you run it indoors. Even piped exhaust leading outside can fail or and leak inside easy solution is place it in a large dog house with a hinged roof that allows you access. This way it is protected from the weather, but not indoors.
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    I live in the wonderful gunshine/hurricane state of Florida. We have a 6500w generator (thinking coleman) with a briggs motor. It has worked flawlessly in the past 5 or so years. Thankfully we haven't had any major storms in that time. Stabil does wonders...just sayin.
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    This thread started about 5 months ago and thereís some very useful info posted here and most of what I could add has already been said.

    But I would like to add a couple things I donít think anyone touched on. I might of missed it but anyways Ö

    #1 besides getting a generator to fit your personal needs you should also get a couple carbon monoxide detectors to place around your indoors living areas. Lots ah people die from toxic fumes from generators because they can drift into your home with out you knowing.

    #2 I would also add that you might want to stick to one that runs on gasoline because when the SHTF it will be the most really available fuel to get, and if you find yourself desperate for it you can always simply siphon it out of a vehicle.

    #3 get one that has a low-oil shutoff kill-switch. These things live off oil too and if it unknowingly runs low and it doesnít have a kill-switch youíll burnout the motor. So besides having plenty of fuel make sure to get a couple of quarts of oil too.

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    Solar storm of 1859 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ...<---carrington event. I had to look this up... Holy crap this would end civilization in the western world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doodle View Post
    Solar storm of 1859 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ...<---carrington event. I had to look this up... Holy crap this would end civilization in the western world!
    Yes, distinctively more disconcerting than the 11 year Solar Cycle "normal" Maximum/Minimum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    Yes, distinctively more disconcerting than the 11 year Solar Cycle "normal" Maximum/Minimum.
    once every 500 years to m says random but often enough.

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