Uncle Bobs Tips: Generator Guide

Generator Guide



Welcome to the Comprehensive Generator Guide

This Generator Guide will power your way through the world of generators, familiarizing you with all you ever need to know about generators. You will find up-to-date information on all types of generators, from basic home and on- the-worksite generators to new, state-of-the-art solar, marine, wind, hydrogen, oxygen and ClO2 generators.

The Generator Guide is your one stop site for meeting all your power needs. Read about the history of generators, get helpful tips on buying a generator, generator maintenance and generator repairs. Compare top generator manufacturers and dealers (including Honda, Yamaha, Generac, Kohler, Coleman and more), and read testimonials from people who have used generators in life-saving emergency situations.

Here are a few generator safety tips and some 'generator jargon' to get you started!

  • Never operate a generator inside your home, basement, garage or any other enclosed area. Since generator engines create carbon monoxide that can be lethal, good ventilation is critical. Generators need a minimum of 3 to 4 feet of spacing on all sides (including the top). Generators also need an unlimited supply of fresh air for proper cooling during operation.
  • Keep your generator dry and always operate it on a level surface. Never add fuel to your generator when it is running and always store additional fuel in approved gasoline containers.
  • NEVER plug or feed power from your portable generator into a wall outlet. This is called back feeding and can cause a very dangerous situation as power back feeds into the Power Company lines and can cause severe injury or death to people working on the lines

Stand-by or Emergency generator: Used as a backup to normal utility power, i.e. during an electric blackout.

Prime power or portable generator: Used where there is no alternative source of power, i.e. campsites; supplying power tools at construction sites

Sizing a generator
: Determining how many watts you will require to power all your essential equipment.

Generator transfer switch: In a standby system, the generator transfer switch disconnects the electric load from the utility and connects it to the generator, preventing dangerous electrical back feed that can injure utility workers repairing downed power lines.

So don't be left in the dark. Power up and enlighten yourself with the Generator Guide today!






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