Re: Back up generator - choosing and how to connect them?
Originally Posted by HoustonRemodeler
Same goes for the other emergency supplies you're hoarding for martial law, Armageddon, the zombie apocalypse, or January 19, 2038 (look it up). Those freeze-dried rations, beans, and rice may be edible in 25 years but not necessarily palatable. You should rotate them into your daily menu every so often and replenish with fresh stock.
Originally Posted by A. Spruce
As for the generator, what the other people said. In addition to that, a few more points to consider: use only 12 gauge or heavier extension cords (the bigger the number the thinner the wire). Lighter gauge cords aren't meant for continuous use or running long distances. (100 foot 16 gauge cords should be banned.) Too light of a cord can be a fire hazard. Too long of a lightweight cord will result in voltage drop, which can damage appliances. If you want to get an installed rather than a portable generator, if you have natural gas service available that is a more convenient and sometimes cheaper option than gasoline, diesel, or propane.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.