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I keep reading and hearing this winter is gonna be worse then last winter with it being even colder and more snowfall. Almost got into a lot of trouble last year when the ice storm hit and 2 tree limbs almost taking out my power lines. When I bought my house 5 years ago it already had a 5000w transfer installed, so I finally bit the bullet and bought a portable generator after seeing a deal I couldn't pass up. Still have to make a cord for the generator hook up and thinking about getting a second 5 gal gas can just in case.
 

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I'm posting to say your fence is beautiful. The only fences in my area suck and make the properties look like hell, most people don't even stain them once.

Power in my area is so reliable I don't have a generator. I have said if it goes out again this year, though, I'll finally buy one. Of course if I wait until a storm it will definitely be too late.
 

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Thanks, previous owners did exactly as you said and let it go to hell. Took me an 8 hour day to power wash both sides of the fence and and 2 days to stain it. I'd rather try and maintain it then pay for a new one. Power around my house has been iffy all summer for some reason, lost power 3 -4 times and this winter I'm not taking a chance with the wife and kid. Rather be safe the sorry.
 

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Awesome, congrats!

You just reminded me I need to get a part for the snowblower...
Started mine a couples days ago just to make sure everything was on the up and up. And boy am I glad I got one with electric start
 

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Nice gettin all prepped and hardwired transfer gene are the way to do it! Ooooo noooo the Polar Vortex is set to attack again??
I do say that one tree is leaning dangersouly towards that neighbor though..looks like thats the one to worry bout. Maybe cable it up bout 20 feet to stop it from snappin and goin if we get what we got last year.
 

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I started my snowblower this past weekend. It started on the 3rd pull!

I'm still debating about buying a generator. We've lived in my house for 6 years now, and the longest we've been without power has been about 10 minutes. It only takes once though. I have a bunch of saltwater fish and corals that would die with any lengthy power outage. Losing a couple grand in fish and corals would suck.
 

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I started my snowblower this past weekend. It started on the 3rd pull!

I'm still debating about buying a generator. We've lived in my house for 6 years now, and the longest we've been without power has been about 10 minutes. It only takes once though. I have a bunch of saltwater fish and corals that would die with any lengthy power outage. Losing a couple grand in fish and corals would suck.
I would definitely have a backup plan if I had a reef tank. Maybe just a computer backup and a small power head to keep water flowing in an emergency. Something's better than nothing...
 

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that reminds me! gotta get more shooting in before the snowfall hits! :eek:
 

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OP: I'm sure you know this but it's worth repeating... don't run the generator too close to the house. Last year my neighbor's CO detector went off while the generator was running. He had it outside, but right up against the house. The exhaust worked up into the soffits and filled the attic and his second floor.

As with anything, be careful!
 

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OP: I'm sure you know this but it's worth repeating... don't run the generator too close to the house. Last year my neighbor's CO detector went off while the generator was running. He had it outside, but right up against the house. The exhaust worked up into the soffits and filled the attic and his second floor.

As with anything, be careful!
I'm thinking/hoping a 20- 25ft cord should be long enough
 

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Make sure its of sufficient gauge to handle current. Just out of curiosity are you wiring for 220V or just 110V? Been thinking about getting a generator wired into my panel too...
 

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That's a Loud one! Get at least 2 more gas cans, keep them full, add Sta-Bil to the fuel and rotate them at least every 6 months. Put the stored fuel in your car/truck and refill cans. I do 2 at a time, so none of my fuel gets too old to use. My Generac portable 6500 will drink a gallon an hour. Hope none of us need to use it.
 

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I would definitely have a backup plan if I had a reef tank. Maybe just a computer backup and a small power head to keep water flowing in an emergency. Something's better than nothing...
I need to run a full return pump for my fish breeding system. I could move the corals and fish down to the basement into the breeding system in a pinch. I have 8 tanks all plumbed together that need a return pump running 24/7. It's the breeding sets of clownfish that are the expensive fish.
 

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That's a Loud one! Get at least 2 more gas cans, keep them full, add Sta-Bil to the fuel and rotate them at least every 6 months. Put the stored fuel in your car/truck and refill cans. I do 2 at a time, so none of my fuel gets too old to use. My Generac portable 6500 will drink a gallon an hour. Hope none of us need to use it.
Most of the generators I have looked at are between 72-78db, since I'm just gonna use this in an emergency I don't feel so bad making my neighbour's mad. I like your gas can idea. I think I'm gonna have to do that.
 

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Don't believe any of the hype about some brutal winter from the farmer's almanac or others that have no scientific roots in climatology or meteorology. At the very least, it is unlikely that we'll have another winter as cold/harsh as this past winter. We could very well be in for a mild one, impossible call to make this early on. There are a lot of myths floating around on social media (and other sources) that are complete bunk.

That being said, it's good to have a generator just in case. Better to be prepped for outages than to be blind-sided by an outage that lasts days with no electricity/heat, or means of pumping excess water out of your basement.
 

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My wife has been harpin about getting a generator for a few years. We loose power any time we get a decent storm here. It doesn't bother me any as I have a wood stove to stay warm and I like the peace that darkness brings lol. She and her kids freak if they can't have their lights and electronics. The only thing I used to worry about was my salt water aquarium when we first moved into this place. Something in the water killed everything and I never could find out what it was. Had the water tested a few times and always checked out fine.

The best weather forecast anymore is an Indian Weather Rock lol, I never believe what they predict. I hope it isn't as brutal cold as last year though, we went through much more wood than expected. I do hope we get slammed with snow, all winter. I'd like to do some more riding this year and use my Alpine as a hunting rig for a change.
 
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