Re: Portable Generators - advice requested
A word to the wise, you get what you pay for when purchasing a generator. I would recommend a Honda generator because they put out a cleaner power, particularly the quiet versions. The size (output rating ) of the generator will determine it's cost. You will need to determine what your maximum running load will be on the generator to determine how large a unit you need. The cheap generators you'll find at the typical auto parts store are built with cheap components that cause voltage sag and spikes as multiple loads are applied. This noise can damage the equipment being powered by the generator.
There are two numbers associated with generator output, a "running" load and a "surge" load. The running load is 80% of it's maximum rated output with the surge rating being 100% maximum output. When you calculate your load, that figure should NOT exceed the 80% rating of the generator, if it does, then you need to step up to the next size generator.
A little water isn't going to hurt the generator, the concern is having it sit in a puddle or the user standing in a puddle and dealing with wet cords while working with the generator. So to answer your question, you can shelter the generator with a piece of plywood, leave it under an overhang, or even operate it in the garage WITH the doors open for adequate ventilation. The concern of operating the generator in a confined space is the build up of carbon monoxide - a colorless/odorless toxic gas. Just don't run it in a confined space.
Last edited by A. Spruce; 03-10-2009 at 06:04 PM.
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