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    Quote Originally Posted by longpointer View Post
    Just came through a 52 hour power outage down here by Lake Erie. Coleman 5000/6000 generator was hooked into house via a 220 volt cable . Worked ok but generator has a slight surging in RPM which seems to affect voltage output. I read it could be a governor problem . Lots of firewood on hand and cupboards stocked up pretty good. Will fine tune my system before next big storm. Sunday's storm it us like a tonne of bricks down here !
    Surging can also be a result of dirty jets in the carb or debris floating around in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longpointer View Post
    Just came through a 52 hour power outage down here by Lake Erie. Coleman 5000/6000 generator was hooked into house via a 220 volt cable . Worked ok but generator has a slight surging in RPM which seems to affect voltage output. I read it could be a governor problem . Lots of firewood on hand and cupboards stocked up pretty good. Will fine tune my system before next big storm. Sunday's storm it us like a tonne of bricks down here !
    The first thing you can do is give it a healthy dose of seafoam, generators are notorious for condensation in the gas tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oaknut View Post
    generators are notorious for condensation in the gas tank.

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    Not arguing your point but just wondering why you think that. I've not experienced that issue with generators and I have 2 of the critters. I can't see them being any worse than any other small motor that is multi seasonal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawbill View Post
    Not arguing your point but just wondering why you think that. I've not experienced that issue with generators and I have 2 of the critters. I can't see them being any worse than any other small motor that is multi seasonal.
    No worries. The reason they are usually worse is because they tend to hold large quantities of fuel in comparison to say, a lawnmower or snowblower. The tank on a large generator usually covers the entire top of the machine which creates far more surface area to collect condensation. Tanks are usually made of metal rather than poly, poly tanks condense at a far lower rate. Lastly and this is not true in all cases but for some reason generators seem to sit in the garage with less than full tanks.

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    Which is why I keep my fuel tank full and use a fuel stablizer (Sea Foam). The surging could be caused by the carb as well and if it is sea foam will clean it out. I also run my generator twice a year Spring and fall and plug a bunch of stuff into it so it's under load then I run it for a mininum 1 hour sometimes 2 hours. It's the one piece of equipment that when I need it better run.

    Quote Originally Posted by oaknut View Post
    No worries. The reason they are usually worse is because they tend to hold large quantities of fuel in comparison to say, a lawnmower or snowblower. The tank on a large generator usually covers the entire top of the machine which creates far more surface area to collect condensation. Tanks are usually made of metal rather than poly, poly tanks condense at a far lower rate. Lastly and this is not true in all cases but for some reason generators seem to sit in the garage with less than full tanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longpointer View Post
    Just came through a 52 hour power outage down here by Lake Erie. Coleman 5000/6000 generator was hooked into house via a 220 volt cable . Worked ok but generator has a slight surging in RPM which seems to affect voltage output. I read it could be a governor problem . Lots of firewood on hand and cupboards stocked up pretty good. Will fine tune my system before next big storm. Sunday's storm it us like a tonne of bricks down here !
    Had that same model of genny years ago and it ran for a good number of years Ok until that problem arose.The small engine guy was stumped but I think some type of circuit board was the problem.Ended up buying a new Honda as I am totally reliant on the genny for water pump and heating the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greatwhite View Post
    How prepared are others for possible long power outages , food supplies, water etc?
    The wife and I have doubled down on preparedness since last March, when all this uncertainty began. Our cabin is the "go to" place where we have a decent supply of the necessary food, water and heat. Lots of wood, a good well, and propane stove for cooking. Generally always have at least 80-100 litres of gas on hand, but would only need it to run the gen a few hours a day to keep freezer cold. Propane fridge would look after the food cooling and always a spare 100# and 60# bottle sitting there ready to hook up.
    I think we'd be fine for awhile?
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    About 2 yrs ago I asked if any preppers where on this forum. I have been a serious one for 7 years having learned the lessons from Ice Storm 98 and vowing to never put my family in that situation again. Since then I always had 30 days onsite since.

    It is interesting to see what you all have done, you are preppers without the words being spoken, however, I suspect Bushmoose is like me.

    Yes I have the 1.5 yrs of dried and canned food.

    I have a secure water supply now (not when I was in the city only so much room in a townhouse), with the well, with 3 ways to get water out, purify and drink. Same with wheat berries and flour including 3 types of grinding methods, plus a couple hundred pds of flour (does have shelf life), plus 10lbs of yeast. Genset 12K and sub panel was installed 5 weeks ago with 160L of gas stored which is rotated weekly through truck when I head to town once a week.

    Still working on the secondary heat source in home wood stove soon, 10 X 30lbs propane tanks, 20 X 20lb tanks, numerous 1 lb tanks, plus butane stove with 60 cans of butane.

    Antibiotics (10 Most common) 1 year supply stored and sealed for 10 yrs life
    Medical supplies for role 1 First aid kit
    Firearms and ammo - and sundry supplies for reloading - self defense of food sourcing
    Spices, flavor enhancers to spice up dried goods, by the 5 gallon pail
    Skilled in meat preservation, cheese making, canning and dehydrating
    Been gardening small scale for 4 yrs and now ready to scale up on 5 acres for self sufficiency
    TP/Bady wipes for 2 yrs yrs
    lots of alcohol
    Small scale solar set up with plans to off grid within 5 yrs
    Seed saving and seed collection - last 2 yrs
    I never left the house for 57 days of Wave 1 to shop - until I just had to have fresh garlic. Two forum members know where I live..and that's good for mutual aid.

    Bring on SHTF - I'm ready
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    Quote Originally Posted by line052 View Post
    About 2 yrs ago I asked if any preppers where on this forum. I have been a serious one for 7 years having learned the lessons from Ice Storm 98 and vowing to never put my family in that situation again. Since then I always had 30 days onsite since.

    It is interesting to see what you all have done, you are preppers without the words being spoken, however, I suspect Bushmoose is like me.

    Yes I have the 1.5 yrs of dried and canned food.

    I have a secure water supply now (not when I was in the city only so much room in a townhouse), with the well, with 3 ways to get water out, purify and drink. Same with wheat berries and flour including 3 types of grinding methods, plus a couple hundred pds of flour (does have shelf life), plus 10lbs of yeast. Genset 12K and sub panel was installed 5 weeks ago with 160L of gas stored which is rotated weekly through truck when I head to town once a week.

    Still working on the secondary heat source in home wood stove soon, 10 X 30lbs propane tanks, 20 X 20lb tanks, numerous 1 lb tanks, plus butane stove with 60 cans of butane.

    Antibiotics (10 Most common) 1 year supply stored and sealed for 10 yrs life
    Medical supplies for role 1 First aid kit
    Firearms and ammo - and sundry supplies for reloading - self defense of food sourcing
    Spices, flavor enhancers to spice up dried goods, by the 5 gallon pail
    Skilled in meat preservation, cheese making, canning and dehydrating
    Been gardening small scale for 4 yrs and now ready to scale up on 5 acres for self sufficiency
    TP/Bady wipes for 2 yrs yrs
    lots of alcohol
    Small scale solar set up with plans to off grid within 5 yrs
    Seed saving and seed collection - last 2 yrs
    I never left the house for 57 days of Wave 1 to shop - until I just had to have fresh garlic. Two forum members know where I live..and that's good for mutual aid.

    Bring on SHTF - I'm ready


    the lots of alcohol point is killer here hahaha

    all jokes aside

    that's impressive.

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    The alcohol storage is not for drinking, it is for trading and disinfecting. We dont drink much at all. Venezuela is what convinced me to step it up and the threat of incoming socialism which is happening now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bowjob View Post
    the lots of alcohol point is killer here hahaha

    all jokes aside

    that's impressive.
    Mark Snow, Leader Of The, Ontario Libertarian Party

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