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  1. Re: Benefits of block heater even if engine start without one

    Once I got a Scangauge on my 7.3, I found that it takes at least 20 km (12 miles) of continuous driving to get oil temperature up in Winter.

    Made a winter grill cover out of cold-crack vinyl...
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    Re: IH 444 Preheater

    On a tractor I used (might have been an IH ?) a lot of years ago, that "pepper pot" grill covered a resistance heater element. In lower light conditions, you could see the heater element start to...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Thanks for the pics grs, always good to see how a pro does things.

    I'm a Function over Form guy, so I rarely have a problem with something that looks older. Been around long enough to appreciate...
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    Re: Merry Christmas....Well

    I'll be the first eastern Canuck to say,

    Merry Christmas, and Best Wishes to all for a safe and happy holiday season !

    Rgds, D.
  5. Re: Benefits of block heater even if engine start without one

    Interesting info, and thermostat design - thanks for posting that Harry.

    Rgsd, D.
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    Re: How to install 12v fan in my cab

    I'd also find other uses for a cig lighter socket, so that's what I'd install. If there a dash knockout hole for one, panel mount it there. Various surface mount types are available, one example:
    ...
  7. Re: Benefits of block heater even if engine start without one

    A wall switch with a built-in indicator light can be a help, re. remembering to switch Off an unseen load. My neighbour put one in, after often leaving a light on for weeks+ in his attic storage...
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    Re: 1989 Field Boss....???

    You likely will get the fastest answers in the Iseki sub-forum, assuming they are the OEM.

    Plan on changing all fluids sooner rather than later - coolant/antifreeze and hydraulic fluid are 2 that...
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    Re: what on earth does electricity cost near you?

    Wood is a nice a backup, but at those rates elec. heat is attractive.

    I had an all-electic house years ago, and did appreciate the ease and accuracy of zone control with baseboard heat.

    If I...
  10. Re: Benefits of block heater even if engine start without one

    On remote or construction sites here during cold weather, the first guy onsite will fire up a generator and plug in the BH on a big diesel, then get on with other maintenance and setup tasks. Most...
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    Re: what on earth does electricity cost near you?

    Latest rates here under TOU:

    Peak: 14.0 cents/kwh

    Mid-peak: 11.4 c/kwh

    Off-peak: 7.7 c/kwh

    I should compare that Peak # (+ the 18 surcharges on the bill) against generator use - a Natgas...
  12. Thread: Cement mixer

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    Re: Cement mixer

    Those vans must be pretty rare..... it would be a shame if they just went to scrap. The Merc too.

    Post some pics in the free Private Party Ad section, you might get some interest on those.
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  13. Re: Is 10.5 volts at the glow plug sufficient?

    Agreed - I've received my share of help on here too; this is a great sounding board if you are stuck on something.

    It's good to hear that was a pretty easy fix for you. :thumbsup:

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Drone Delivery Shot Down

    It would be nice to see this young man and his team get some traction with this one:

    Check out the 'ambulance drone' that could one day save your life | Digital Trends

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Drone Delivery Shot Down

    You're going to tell a group of engineers:

    1) Something can't be done.

    AND

    2) That it directly involves beer ?

    Ever consider working as a Motivational Speaker ? You've clearly got talent...
  16. Re: Is 10.5 volts at the glow plug sufficient?

    I'll second what George said about individually checking the resistance of each GP.

    A cetane booster added to the fuel can be helpful this time of year. Anything that slows the engine turning over...
  17. Re: Want to tow something big, but don't want to break your chassis in two?

    Funny you posted that.... I was thinking of pics I've seen of people using 'Wings to tow boats when I posted.

    Rgds, D.
  18. Re: Want to tow something big, but don't want to break your chassis in two?

    Thanks bcp.

    I was thinking of a different hinge setup, but that's the concept.

    Rgds, D.
  19. Re: Want to tow something big, but don't want to break your chassis in two?

    That looks like a useful and fast solution to clear a lorry out of a live-lane, till a heavy wrecker arrives. Smart, using that load cell for feedback.

    Smaller still, I once saw a well designed...
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    Re: Compact Diesel trucks that we can't get here

    That load cell sounds pretty trick. If you can post a few pics of that in it's own thread in this sub-forum, I'd expect that would get a lot of interest.

    Tried to check rockauto just now for...
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    Re: Compact Diesel trucks that we can't get here

    I was thinking it was you, but I was running out of eyelid-open time last night :zzz: to check. I hope that comes to pass for you, and we get lots of reports from that trip !

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Compact Diesel trucks that we can't get here

    You're welcome; I know I was glad to see that delete option added.

    Elio is classed as motorcycle (low cost plate tags, possible lane priorities.....), but sounds like it has been designed for...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Date: Dec 18/14

    Generator: 7kw Briggs

    Activity: Ran 1 work flood light, 1000 watt heater, and shop vac'd the Civic.

    Final Fueling notes: filled w. NonE gas. Stabil 360 Protection already in...
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    Re: Solar Batter Tenders

    For cold starting, if you are close to needing an oil change, just go with any decent 5W40, Rotella T6 for example. Lucas's conventional Oil Conditioner is pretty thick stuff, and their more...
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    Re: Compact Diesel trucks that we can't get here

    Thanks for posting that rh.

    I started reading that article thinking "Well, the first 2 things you need for for the USA market are 1) EPA certification, and 2) a decent Crash Rating".

    On the...
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    Re: Compact Diesel trucks that we can't get here

    I'd heard that Land Rovers had often been used to shift lorries off the road in the past, good to see the new ones are still cut from the same cloth.

    There was a bit of coverage here in the news,...
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    Re: A lost Asset in Auto Transmissions

    That kind of Tq in a compact platform :drool::drool::drool:

    Ok, that's 2 keyboards you owe me now !

    With apologies to OP, I'll direct you to where us Small Trucks are Tq'ier and more Fuel...
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    Re: Y2K GMC rear disc brakes

    I hear you JD. I agree with you and Aaron, for many folks, discs are easier to work on.

    Well, at least until you stumble into an "inventive" manufacturer that likes to use speciality/strange...
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    Re: Y2K GMC rear disc brakes

    A Jedi class trick a friend of mine pulls off is "massaging" a brake drum with a hammer.

    Part of what his is doing is fracturing enough of that ridge that you don't need a puller, and next to...
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    Re: A lost Asset in Auto Transmissions

    Makes good sense, with the Tq output of a 3L diesel.

    BTW Blue, you may get PM's requesting compensation for damaged keyboards - certain people over here are drooling over their keyboards right...
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    Re: Y2K GMC rear disc brakes

    Rear discs look good, sell well on the showroom floor, and are easy to assemble at the factory.

    Many people get much better service life out of rear drums though. Trucks and cars.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Questions.... always with the questions..... ;)

    E or Efree gas ?

    What region of the continent do you buy your fuel in ?

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Solar Batter Tenders

    Diesels need a battery to be in tip-top shape - esp. so if you are running conventional motor oil in cold weather.

    With your new disconnect in place, and a solar panel added, that should help you...
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    Re: Y2K GMC rear disc brakes

    Best thing to use is a brake specific lube, something like this:

    Brake Maintenance & Repair : Permatex

    Permatex seems to have re-badged that lately, I haven't seen that particular label here...
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    Re: Solar Batter Tenders

    Being an Industrial, that entry is a little light on data; I didn't even see Production Years listed.

    Ag tractors (Ford at least) usually have more data listed, with some of it from Nebraska...
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    Re: Solar Batter Tenders

    If this is your Ford:

    TractorData.com Ford 340 tractor information

    .... then it's listed as Neg. ground.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Solar Batter Tenders

    On many tractors (being fairly open access) it is easy to just follow the battery cables.

    Visually follow the thick cable attached to your Negative battery terminal - if the far end has it's...
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    Re: Y2K GMC rear disc brakes

    I don't know how heavy you tow JD, but a common problem here in Salt Water on the Roads 6 months of the Year country is that the rear pads/calipers are prone to seizing up from lack of use - in other...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    I have been keeping used Onan RV gens in mind, "just in case" the right project comes along :D .

    A well regarded line like that, pulled out of RV duty (often fairly low hours), can be a great...
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    Re: Solar Batter Tenders

    Good to hear - wasn't sure if that was your battery, or a random pic.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Solar Batter Tenders

    If there is a fuse in that holder, then the parasitic current draw is just going to flatten your battery again, even with the Green stud Off, or removed.

    That fused Keep Alive lead is supplied...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Time does fly, don't it !

    For personal use, generators should last a long time. The tough part for me was remembering to run it once in a while, but I've gotten better. :)

    It doesn't hurt that...
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    Re: What is it with appliances these days?

    They're counting on their customers not knowing/noticing, till well after the sale is made.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: A lost Asset in Auto Transmissions

    Depends what you drive, and the snow/ice you typically deal with.

    We inherited an older Civic, with a slushbox. On just damp pavement I can get a bit of wheel slip, w/o trying. Unless you are...
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    Re: Dashcams at the border

    Keeping security forces in a suitable state of readiness, w/o creating inappropriate incidents can be a challenge.

    1984, thirty years on. The majority of people today have accepted that we live in...
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    Re: Go to Last Page

    What browser do you use ? Does it have the latest updates ?

    Clear all browser History etc, and cold boot the machine ?

    Haven't seen that problem myself, running Firefox.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: What is it with appliances these days?

    Some of the recent fridges barely survive past the warranty; 6 years is more like it.

    My HVAC contractor neighbour explained the general problem in refrigeration/cooling today this way:

    1)...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Trust a boat guy to know how to move fuel around efficiently :thumbsup: .

    Good Tip - something else to add to my Where Did I Put That ? in the garage list, before I need it.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    No Worries...... anytime I need a chuckle, I look up those "Darn You Auto-Correct" listings, for some pretty hilarious stuff....

    Can't remember if it was this thread on not, but I think it was...
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    Re: Dashcams at the border

    It would be interesting to see what those insiders say. I've worked in secure facilities, so I understand the need for certain rules..... but mostly in those cases they were pretty obvious, or...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    That was an easy fix Fi !

    Do you use Stabil or equivalent in your generators normally ?

    Rdgs, D.
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    Re: Dashcams at the border

    I'm sure the trucker didn't argue at all, but he has a great point about the same border service being on a reality show....

    I hate getting blindsided by things I don't know about, so I thought to...
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    Dashcams at the border

    Apparently, this issue is not well defined, or communicated to the public.

    I don't have a 'cam set up on my vehicle yet, but when I do it will be inoperative+covered at a crossing.

    Truck News -...
  54. Re: Most "Death By Stupidity" Cases Involve Men, Study Shows

    I'm all for equality of the sexes. Clearly women don't have enough opportunities available to them to get all liquored up and operate machinery and power tools ! ;)

    One of my favourite Darwin...
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    Re: What is it with appliances these days?

    Most of the new stuff is junk.

    Q - if word starts getting around, those guys should be busy. All they need are enough customers who are not distracted by the lastest bling.

    Older compressors...
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    Re: A lost Asset in Auto Transmissions

    On modern automatics, you are at the mercy of whatever the computer programmers wrote to control it.

    Some of the older euro stuff (ex. volvos) had a Winter mode switch which enabled second gear...
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    Re: Primitive Ranching

    You may find the older articles light on pics (that's just a time/people thing, not really to do with Whole Earth), but some of these may be worth a read.

    Table of Contents

    On the energy side...
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    Re: I Need One of These

    I usually wear a tinfoil hat, but now I'll have to find a full-body mirrored suit to put on if I drop by your place Dave !

    What..... Me Worry ?

    Luv the avatar....

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Drought then Deluge..... sounding kind of biblical out your way ur ! Your temperatures look to be a little above normal, so unless you need to run a sump pump, a couple of hours isn't too bad.
    ...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    It's irritating to have a piece of equipment down, but at least you guys have other generators to carry the day/night. :thumbsup:

    Here's hoping those Champions don't need more than fresh gas laced...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    The Must Tow a Garden-Tractor With F450 crowd ? :D

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: How to get a job in snow removal

    Guys at all ages that like to tinker with walk behind snow blowers, often end up doing some neighbours driveways.

    Since you are mechnically inclined dl, find a reasonable used walk behind blower,...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    A "bit" more work to set up than my loads, but sounds like a lot more fun ! :jester: :clown: :fortuneteller: :magician:

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Honda has always had pretty good offerings. Quiet and easy on fuel wins 'em lots of fans. There's a bit more competition now, but they had that end of the market pretty much to themselves for a good...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    As I've commented before Jay (probably even in this thread), regional fuel variations can be a big factor. Some folks experience (just to pick one component of fuel) huge problems with ethanol, some...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Nice setup Jim !

    Looonnngg run time between fills :thumbsup: .

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    A little unplanned exercise for your diesel Jim..... I'm thinking you have a decent sized fuel tank on that, it should keep you comfortable for quite a while.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    [QUOTE=grsthegreat;3971675]

    Thanks grs.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Synthetic Engine Oil Base Stocks

    jix - AFAIK, T6 does not come in 10W30. The 10W30 you've seen on the shelf is probably Shell's conventional "T". If you want synth. 10W30, consider PCan's Duron.

    Diesel Engine Oils, DURON-E |...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Those heaters are a good option, up north. What wattages are they typically ? Nice being thermostatically controlled.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your towing rigs and trailers

    Looks like good fun !

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Granted that some/many customers shouldn't be let near a programming panel, but I can see that being a pain. In remote areas, getting somebody to show up for just a service call can be a problem -...
  73. Thread: Winter Prep

    by 3930dave
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    Re: Winter Prep

    After starting, allow your hydraulics some time to warm up - cold fluid is not their friend.

    Not sure if your's is HST, same applies there - there are some posts on TBN about Kubota's HST warm-up...
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    Re: Synthetic Engine Oil Base Stocks

    From an application standpoint (as in, my vehicles) I can live with something like a Rotella T6 having consistently good UOAs on BITOG. Most of the time, that satisfies my personal good enough...
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    Comparison Re: Home Stand By Generators

    This thread really has me scratching my head. Not about the tech data, but the human factors.

    Unless it's somebody I know personally (meaning, in the real world) and they're depriving their kids...
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    Oil & Fuel Re: water in diesel fuel - M5400DT

    Get yourself a Mr. Funnel.

    Home

    Drain what is in your tank - if it doesn't look too bad, you can pour it back in through Mr. Funnel. Use it all the time when fueling, that way you can rule out...
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    Comparison Re: Home Stand By Generators

    Nice setup.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    If you have the land available, the preference today seems to be above ground. Easy to monitor visually, and no excavation cost to replace it later.

    I'm guessing that the non-metal tanks would be...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Thanks, I was curious. I'd prefer a long run in the Winter here. It would be pretty easy for them to design in an optional longer run, for sub-zero operation.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Major issue with wood-stove - Need advice!

    Opening a window may help, but you may have to try one or 3 to get it right. Prevailing wind is a factor - get the right window open, and you can create a bit of positive pressure in the room to help...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    George - is that in-ground tank made from composite material ? (As opposed to metal).

    ur - is your 180gal. outdoors ? What material ?

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Ahhh....... Yah.

    So...... if a meaningful after-action review was done, it would be glaringly obvious that a larger on-site tank was needed.

    Meaning obvious to the Enviro-Overlords; I know you...
  83. Re: Hit by a car crossing the street in a crosswalk...

    Even w/o getting hit, it sounds like you could use some time off ur ! Enjoy some RnR on the weekend.

    Have a happy and safe holiday all.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Muitiple generators provisioned at 1,000 gal.+ per gen. Somebody was thinking.

    Actually...... more like the envirocrats stayed out of the engineers way, and let them do their jobs.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    1000 gal. sounds better, for a hospital.

    Even half empty, that tank gives you about 3x the capacity ur has with a full tank (180 gal.).

    Rgds, D.
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    Comparison Re: Home Stand By Generators

    I view oil changes on all equipment as important, but see air-cooled being esp. critical due to the elevated oil temperature.

    What do you use during standby to heat the oil, one of those silicone...
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    Comparison Re: Home Stand By Generators

    Same goes for even tiny portable generators. Any decent portable gen manual will tell you to Start and Stop the generator with loads disconnected. There's getting to be enough electronics on the gens...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    How much fuel would you go through on that loaded run ?

    Hopefully you've been allowed a bigger tank size than what ultrarunner is stuck with at the hospital.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Interesting...... yes, once a week seems like a lot for a consumer level product.

    On the newer systems, can you program the test-run duration ? Dead of winter here, I'm thinkng the engine won't...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    3 months seems like a good target for my small portable generators. I can see where you'd want to spin up a welder more often though.

    Rgds, D.
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    Comparison Re: Home Stand By Generators

    I remember joking with one of the guys in Texas (Lou ?) on here about the running costs he posted for his whole-house system being a small price to pay to keep the wife happy. Might have been in the...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Once a month is a nice interval. This thread has helped me get closer to the every 3 months target I had, so I'm making progress :D !

    A lot of equipment manufacturers won't spec oil intervals past...
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    Comparison Re: Home Stand By Generators

    GRS - on the air-cooled vs. liquid issue, are you thinking of Rated Operating Life hours ?

    Do you see the air-cooled units taking a harder hit wear-wise when people neglect oil changes ?

    Rgds,...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    I remember you changing the plugs in that gen; it sounded like it was purring along just fine back then. There's been a few of those "Glad I found this out, before I really needed it" examples in...
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    Re: Electric heater / defroster

    Cig lighter plug in ones I've seen are about 150 watts - not much use up here in snow country. Think of it as 1/10'th of a hair dryer.

    They move some air, and add a very tiny bit of heat - might...
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    Comparison Re: Home Stand By Generators

    Thanks Ken..... my inner-geek was wondering if/where voltage was detected and controlled from.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Thanks for the link, I'm sure others here will appreciate it too.

    Sounds like you are the only operator of your truck, so your gen hours will be easy to track. I think Briggs sells their vibration...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Meaning the wires are arcing to ground ? Was that the MH gen you changed plugs in, or a different one Gale ?

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Well, your neighbours should thank you !

    Based on the Anti-Murphy Law, with all that prep work done, your local grid won't go down all Winter :thumbsup: .

    Rgds, D.
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    Comparison Re: Home Stand By Generators

    I'm not clear on how you isolate the gen..... it has it's own main breaker and sub-panel - With no interconnect, do you run duplicate circuits, and manually re-plug appliances ?

    Rgds, D.
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