Portable Home Generators for Sale Near Me; Check Home Depot, Walmart Generators

“Generators for sale near me.”

The tricky thing about finding, buying or renting an emergency, portable home generator near you is that the only time they will be available is when you don’t need them. In the weeks leading up to Superstorm Sandy in the eastern U.S., there were generators galore to buy and rent. As the storm narrowed its focus on the New York/New Jersey area, there wasn’t a generator to be had and that was true even weeks after the storm had done its damage and passed.

Generators for Sale Near Me

If you are trying to track down the best deal on a generator for sale near you, our recommendation is to focus on the major home retailers in your area or the major discount retailers near you. Of course, never sell yourself short by avoiding the top online websites where you may just get your best deal. Let’s face it, many of us will go into a brick and mortar store and pick and pull and shake a product, then buy it online for hundreds of dollars less. The careful consumer knows that this works exactly in reverse often with Home Depot, Lowes, Costco and Walmart offering competitive prices, while some online vendors charge hundreds of dollars more. Those online vultures are waiting for local supplies and reasonably-priced online retailers to run out of stock, then they become, so to speak, the “only game in town.”

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The problem with searching for a home emergency generator to buy is most of us will panic shortly before disaster hits or shortly after (in the dark, by flashlight, mostly). Plan your search well and plan it early so that you have a substantial choice in what generator to buy and at a good price. Then you should learn how to use and maintain the generator to the times of blackout. The other thing about generators is that there is the generator itself that has to be run outside of the house in a safe place. Then the electricity needs to get into the house. When you are desperately flailing around in the dark, you will not make the right connections to bring that electricity into the house. That right connect is an electrician-installed transfer switch, not a snake-den tangle of electric lines coming into the house. This is dangerous and you could be putting yourself and your family at risk.

For each of our categories on this website, we send out a shopper to the major retailers that carry at least several of the products that we are looking for. In the case of finding “generators near me” or “home generators around me,” we initially typed in the keyword “generators for sale near me.” Our biggest finds were Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco, Lowes and Home Depot. Our shopper also tracked down several local retailers that advertised generators for sales. In all cases, we were disappointed by the selection and, frankly, the knowledge of the local retailer.

Generators for Rent Near Me

The exception to that was when we typed in “generators for rent near me.” We turned up local equipment rental retailers who seem to really know their stuff whether you are renting a floor polisher, a front-end loader or a home generator. Here’s the issue when renting equipment: it typically will not be available when you need it. During major disasters, rental equipment goes quickly and stays out in use until the emergency is over. This is particularly true for home generators because the need for electricity is massive when power is out Another key issue with rentals, frankly, is supply of fuel. During emergencies, the gas stations and propane supply houses will be subject to power outages and destruction, just like the rest of us. Fuel supplies, like the physical generator itself, must be planned for well in advance. So in the home generator category, we did not spend a great deal of time looking at rentals.

‘Standby Generators Near Me’

If you can afford it, search “standby generators near me.” The standby generator is typically fueled by your natural gas source or your propane source and generate multiple thousands of watts of electricity instantaneously when your regular power goes out and then connected to the house with a transfer switch. These units are typically self-tested once a week or once a month to assure that they will run when you need them to run. If you can afford a maintenance contract on the units, service people will do regular service on the units and a cleaning at least once a year with many contracts. In Superstorm Sandy in the Eastern U.S. we were shocked to learn, like many of the distraught owners of these units, that when vast areas of coast was flooded, local utilities came through and turned off and locked but the gas service and electrical service coming into homes. That means, that standby generator safely and expensively! Installed out of the way of flood waters could not be started because the gas was cut off to that unit just as surely as it was to the house. The way around this problem is to buy and have installed a standby generator that can be run off of a tank of propane gas, also safely installed out of any flood waters. A 500-gallon of propane will run a 5000-watt generator for approximately 920 hours running it at percent. That means that a 100-gallon tank of propane, less costly to buy, fill and maintain, will run that 500-watt generator for around 180 hours at 50 percent. Considering that there are 168 hours in a week, this 100-gallon take would safely keep the lights on for more than a week. There are ways to stretch that supply out for a lot longer if you need to by shutting off virtually everything in the house and running only the refrigerators and freezers in the house and little else. If you plan on keeping on every light in the house and running the central air conditioning unit, you will go through your fuel supply very quickly indeed. Without power, your refrigerator will keep foods cold for about four hours, while a freezer will keep food frozen up to 48 hours if the doors are not opened. That means typically, if you are seeking to really conserve fuel, you can do so by running your freezer and refrigerator every four hours. Over the course of a 24-hour day, that means that you would effectively run both appliances for only 12 hours a day. During times of blackout, consider shutting off the generator after a certain hour and then restarting it again in the morning. If there is a howling snow storm outside, you may have no choice but to run the generator through the night. Another alternative is to have more than one generator available to you. Perhaps you have a larger generator running off of propane and another small generator running of gasoline for the evening hours.

Wattage Needed To Run Appliances

It’s quite easy to get confused when it comes to electricity — watts, amps, current, volts, ohms, 120-240 volt service, resistance and alternating current. Let’s describe voltage, current and resistance first. Imagine an elementary plumbing system where a water pump pumps water out of the ground and through a garden hose. Voltage is like the water pressure in the house; the current is like the flow rate; and resistance is like the water hose size. What we are most concerned about here is wattage. Wattage is the measure of electrical power. In our above plumbing example, voltage, current and resistance fit neatly into an equation, which is: current = voltage/resistance. This carries over the wattage. Wattage is how electrical power is measured. The equation for that is: electrical power (wattage) = voltage X current. What this all boils down to is the output of generators is expressed in wattage—200 watts or 10,000 watts. When you look at various appliances, the amount of power they need to operate is expressed in watts.

It’s the Wattage Stupid

In searching for a portable generator, remember that they are essentially designed to run only a limited number of appliances at any one time. A good ballpark figure for a generator is one that supplies 5,000 watts. But 5,000 watts only takes care of the basics, but when you are in the midst of a blackout, the basics feels pretty good.

Here are some common wattage consumptions for various appliances, but these can vary widely. A microwave oven will require about 700 watts of power, but this type of appliance really only runs for a few minutes at a time. Each 100-watt light bulb in the house requires 100 watts. That means that 10 100-watt light bulbs will require 1000 watts to function. The typical furnace with a one-third horsepower blower may take around 2,100 watts of power. The coffee maker may take 800 watts. The electric blanket, 200 watts. The electric hair blower, 1,800 watts. The refrigerator and freezer each take about 150 to 600 watts. You can see how the wattage requirements soon add up, so you need to calculate in advance what you need to run to stay operational during a blackout. Fortunately, it requires a lot less power to communicate with the outside world that to blow dry your hair. For example, an inkjet printer takes 20 watts; a desktop computer takes 100 watts; a laptop takes 50 watts; an internet router takes 5 watts; and a phone charger takes 4 watts.

Consider what happens if you lose power for 24 – 48 hours, what do you need to keep running? If you have a job or a business to run, you need to keep all of the computers and routers up and running. You will want to keep the refrigerator and freezer going, you will want to keep at least some light bulbs running and naturally if it is in the cold season of the year, you will want to keep the furnace up and running. When you add up all of your “necessities,” the total wattage you require might add up to between 2,500 and 10,000 watts. You need a generator to reflect that. As we said, a ballpark is 5,000 watts.

The best place to begin shopping for a generator is in your own house. Check the labels on the appliance you need to run and total them up. Add 1,000-1,500 watts of power to that to get an idea of the size generator you will need. While you are doing that, label all of the outlets that they appliances will use. When you get the transfer switch installed by the electrician, you will want to map out exactly which outlets have power, because only the outlets directly connected to the transfer switch will work. All of this must be internalized, otherwise you will be trying to figure it all out in the dark with a flashlight. When you hook up a generator to a transfer switch, that generator has to produce 5,000 watts or better. A 200 watt generator just will not cut it attached to a house transfer switch.

Generator Repair Service Kit

The other thing you should do right up front at the time you are deciding on a particular generator is to create a “generator repair or service kit.” These machines need tender loving care to keep them at their best. That means having the properly sized spark plugs on hand, gap settlers and the proper wrenches to “pull” and replace old plugs. Is any of this unfamiliar territory to you? If it is, after you purchase the generator you want, you need to study to manual that comes with it and get all of the tools you need to keep that baby humming in the cold, wet and dark of night.

Portable and Stationary Generators

There are two basic types of generators, portable and stationary. Portable generators tend to cost less than the stationary units. You can store them in the shed and take them out when you need them—all if you ignore them between power outages you can be guaranteed that they will not work the next time you need them. Stationary generators on the other hand start themselves occasionally to test the system so that it is ready for the blackout. If you can afford it and have the space, a stationary generator is the way to go. A word of caution: if you are in an area that tends to flood, install your generator on higher ground so that it is not subject to being snuffed out at the next storm.

The stationary generator requires professional installation. You need a concrete base on which to locate the unit. Using the proper specs, this can be a DIY project. But the actual installation of the generator and the installation of the switch near the house requires a professional. Further, the generator needs a fuel supply, which typically is either natural gas, if you have natural gas service powering your heating system or propane gas. You are best advised to have a qualified plumber run the gas line from the house source to the generator and connect it up. If there is a distance between the gas hook-up and the generator, the trench that needs to be dug can be another DIY project.

If you will use propane gas to fuel the generator, typically a 100-gallon tank will see you through virtually any blackout. The propane tank and gas is costly to add to the cost of the stationary generator. Propane gas at this writing goes for under $3 a gallon. That means that you can fill up a 100-gallon tank for around $300. The tank is extra. Buying the tank itself would run about $450 to over $1,000. Search your area using “propane gas prices near me” and “propane tank cost near me” to get real numbers for your area. If you want to go with a larger tank for a larger home with big demands for electric, you can substantially undersize your system. You can purchase 250-gallon propane tanks for around $800 to over $2,000; you can purchase 500-gallon and even 1,000-gallon tanks for $2,000 to $4,000. Unless you are in an area of frequent blackouts or have demands for electricity that must be supplied without fail, such as is the case of a hospital or nursing home, we would suggest going with a small tank.

How Much Fuel on Hand

If you plan to use a generator powered by gasoline, you need 10 to 25 gallons of hand. If you are using propane, you need to keep about eight small propane tanks on hand for a day’s use in most generators. Here are problems we witnessed during Superstorm Sandy. Even the wisest fore thinkers among us who in fact stored 10 to 25 gallons of gas at their home to deal with a major blackout, ran out of gas rather quickly. When it came time to fill all of those 5-gallon cans with gas, most or all of the gas stations were not open because they were in a blackout scenario just like everyone else. For those gas stations that had their own backup generators to pump gas and keep the stations open, they were descended upon by a hungry gas guzzling crowd and soon ran out of gas. Before they did run out of gas, those seeking the fuel were subject to long, long gas lines—one half mile to a mile long in the New York metro area.

Why-use-fuel-stabilizer You need to add something called stabilizer to the gas on a regular basis to keep the gas in a condition where you can use it in an emergency. You can’t keep fresh gas in a portable generator or lawnmower or other device because those gas tanks are typically vented and as air gets in they can render the fuel useless. Use a good, solid gas can with airtight lid to store gas. When you buy fresh gasoline, add stabilizer to it when you put it in the container. When you run your generator, either to test it or during a blackout, as you reach the end of the period of use, let the fuel run out so that the gas tank is empty. If you use your generator frequently, when you are finishing using the generator, turn off the fuel line and let the gas inside the engine burn up so that it is not just sitting their oxidizing or collecting moisture. When you keep gas in gas cans, fill them up. Don’t ever let them get half empty because that is too much exposure to air.

Every device that uses gas can use a fuel stabilizer to keep that fuel fresh and that device ready for your use when you need it. As anyone who has experienced a blackout knows, hauling out the generator and getting it started and functioning can be a tall order, especially when you have to do it by one-handed with a flashlight in the other hand. Yes, you can hold the flashlight in your mouth and free up your second hand, but it is all so difficult. With a fuel stabilizer, you can eliminate some of the problem of getting that gas generator up and running. Besides keeping and using a gas stabilizer, we keep a headlamp, fully charged, ready for use in a blackout or other potential emergencies.

Here are a few tips on why you need a fuel stabilizer for your generator and other devices and vehicles you use on an occasional basis. As we all know, that old gasoline that went into dad’s car has changed and changed dramatically. With the addition of ethanol to gasoline, which is gotten from farm crops, to reduce dependence on oil, gas today can be 10 percent or 15 percent ethanol. The problem with ethanol for us people trying to start the generator in the dark is that it draws moisture from any source it can. We say elsewhere in this article that electricity and water don’t mix, well gasoline and water don’t mix either but that is what you will get if ethanol is left to sit in a situation where it is subject to the air and to the water vapor in the air. Another problem we have found with ethanol products is that they are hard, very hard on the gaskets of an old ATV we take out for a ride now and then. Another real hassle with ethanol is that is works magic as a solvent, which is great when you need a solvent, but what you don’t need is for it to dissolve things on the inside of your gas tank and that is what happens.

So what is stale fuel anyway? Gasoline can remain fresh virtually indefinitely, if you secure it in a proper container. What’s proper? OSHA has set the standard for job sites and it is a good standard to use around your home as well. OSHA says that a gas can has to have DOT [Department of Transportation] approval markings on it. If you can find a can that has that approval or the approval of OSHA on it, it’s a pretty good can. And taking about cans, there are specific safety measures that you always want to take around gasoline or any flammable fuel.

They are:

  • Use DOT or EPA or OSHA approved cans to store gas.
  • Keep gas away from children and pets. Can you keep it 50 feet from the house?
  • Store gasoline or other flammables in a dry, cool place.
  • Do not put gasoline cans in a truck or car unless you have to and never use a truck or car to store the gas because an accident on the road can lead to an unbelievable tragedy.
  • Never refill a gas can in or on a car and never refill a gas can around a vehicle that is running.
  • Never refill a gas can to the top because you have to plan for expansion so fill to 90 percent of capacity or 95 percent at most.
  • Caps must fit tightly over the gas can; that’s the whole purpose of storing gas so that air and water vapor cannot get at it.
  • Anytime you need to refuel anything you are refueling—like a generator—shut it off and let it cool before refueling and make sure you can rest your hand on the engine before refueling because hot engines can start hotter fires and a gas can exploding is like a bomb going off.

So back to stale fuel…gasoline can last in a container for about 30 days and then it starts to oxidize and begins to varnish. What does it mean when gas varnishes? If gas just sits around and evaporates, the gummy crud that is left is called varnish and can do great harm to your generator engine. If gas has been hanging around for a long time and gotten varnishy, don’t try to put a fuel stabilizer in it, get rid of the old gas. How do you get rid of old gasoline? Don’t dump it! Get rid of it legally. It needs to go into a real gas container certified by DOT or another government agency and it needs to be taken to a hazardous waste disposal center. Or check with your local fire department, given the dangerous nature of gasoline, they can and will help you.

The best time to add a fuel stabilizer is when you begin to store the gas. If you have a DOT certified gas container and you add fresh gas and a stabilizer at the same time and then seal it tightly, that gas should last in good condition for a very long time.

It is best to run the engine of your generator frequently. The best way to do it is to fill the tank with just enough gas so that the device will be powered up for 15 or 20 minutes. Then let it run and as the gas begins to run out, let it run out, let it all burn up so that nothing is left in the gas tank or in the engine.

Watch the Decibel Level of Generators

Always check the decibel level of a generator that you are looking to purchase. These devices are often louder and more obnoxious than you would imagine at first blush. Further, it is one thing to hear a loud sound, for example, using a electric saw, for a couple of seconds or minutes. It is quite another to hear the sound hour after hour as a blackout continues through the day, through the night and into the next day. And as annoying as it might be to you, at least you are getting the benefit of its electricity. Imagine your neighbor sitting there in the dark listening to your generator go on and on.

Look at the specs of generators and they will give you a decibel rating. We are not quite sure how they come up with these ratings, but these machines always sound a lot louder than you would expect. The Trace Research & Development Center at the University of Maryland, offered some real-life advice on decibels. According to the Center, 0 decibels (dBA ) is the threshold for hearing. When you hear leaves whooshing in the autumn, that level of loudness is about 10 dBA . According to the center, that level of sound is about 1/32nd as loud as a conversation you might have. The sound you hear sitting in a rural setting on a quiet night is about 20 dBA . The interior of a business office, a quiet office, is about 30 dBA. If you run a dishwasher will sitting in the next room, that decibel level is 50 dBA. An ordinary conversation you might have is about 60 dBA . If you are running a vacuum cleaner, its loudness is about 70 dBA. But the thing about it is that the vac sounds at 70 are twice as loud as the ordinary conversation at 60. The garbage disposer in action with you standing three feet away is 80 dBA—four times louder than that ordinary conversation you were having. A food blender at three feet is 90 dBA, which is eight times as loud as the ordinary conversation. A gas lawn mower at 3 feet is 16 times louder than the ordinary conversation at 100 dBA. The threshold of pain is 120 dBA or 64 times louder than the ordinary conversation.

So what kind of noise do generators emit? The typical generators will make noise in decibels from the high 40s into the 70 decibel range. Ordinary conversation is supposedly in the 60 dBA range, so a generator operating in the 50 dBA range seems good, while one in the 70 dBA range, the range of a vacuum cleaner, is loud. In monitoring a local Generac stationary generator in the 7500-watt range that comes on once a week to test itself, the noise is not obnoxious. From about 50-feet away, probably a distance that one’s neighbors might be, the unit sounds like a car idling out in the street. That is, you can hear it, but it won’ annoy most people. On the other hand, one of our editors has a Generac portable propane generator that produces 3750 watts of power. A visit to Generac’s website shows that this model is no longer available and we are all better off. Also it supposedly has a good dBA rating, when you actually start and operate the generator, you will want to wear ear protection…the kind you use on a shooting range. We don’t know what the disconnect is between the dBA rating and the loudness of this unit, but it is loud.

Buy an inverter generator–When buying a new generator, buy an inverter generator. What is an inverter generator? An inverter generator is quieter than the standard generator and more expensive, but it is worth the money. The inverter generator is the latest technology in generators. The inverter generator makes AC current just like a standard generator, but then it converts it into DC current and back again in the “clean” AC current. These are the generators you see where you can plug things directly in them without blowing out what ever appliance you are using. Inverters somehow manage to maintain a constant flow of AC current.

Inverter generators have it all over the conventional generator. Regarding size and weight, they are smaller, weigh less and are more portable. If you are thinking of a generator for camping or taking to your log cabin in the woods, they are a good choice. Are they silent? Heck no. They make noise too, just like the conventional generator, but they make less of it. Inverters are substantially more fuel efficient, a critical thing when you have a blackout lasting days rather than hours. Being more technologically advanced, inverter generators will adjust their speed to the load demand they are experiencing. That standard generator will keep perking along kicking out 3,600 watts no matter how much of the electricity is being used
Electric Starter vs. manual starter—By all means, buy a generator with an electric starter. Some how, some way in the middle of a blackout with the rain falling down, that damn pull-start generator is going to give you trouble. But if you have the electric start generator and furnish it with tender loving care, starting it on a regular basis and using fresh or treated gasoline in it, it will serve you well for years to come.

Home, Portable, Emergency Generator Safety Tips
Generator safety tips – There are numerous ways an electric generator can hurt or kill you and your family and you must constantly be aware of ALL OF THEM!

    • Electricity and water don’t mix—Electricity and water do not mix, but that’s just how you can find yourself when trying to keep the generator running during a blackout in a storm. All generators need to be properly grounded and that goes for portable or permanently installed generators. If you do not know how to properly ground an appliance like a generator, hire an electrician to do it for you. The last thing you want to be doing is standing out in the middle of a rain storm fussing with a generator and be injured or killed by electrical shock.
    • Install a transfer switch to bring electric into the house—That transfer switch, that may cost between $500 and a $1,000 to install, is more than a pretty receptacle to plug the generator output into. It could save your life. The transfer switch safely allows you to connect a portable generator to your house’s wiring system. The electrician permanently installed generator will have the transfer switch built-in that automatically reacts when the power goes out. For us portable generator users, we need to take more steps.

    • Never connect a generator directly to your household current, you could blow the whole thing out and cause a fire. Portable generators need to be connected via a transfer switch. You must never have electricity going directly into the house. The electricity can damage your house; more importantly, this electricity can flow out through utility lines and do great hard to utility workers that are trying to bring the blackout to a quick conclusion.
    • Generators used inside home will kill you with carbon monoxide gas—Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and deadly. It can kill you and your family before anyone recognizes what is happening. New run a generator indoors, no matter how terrible the weather is outside. If conditions are that grave, huddle with a candle in the dark and wait for the storm and night to pass. If you must have power and need that generator running, do it outside. Make sure that the device is at least 15 feet from the house so that no CO gas can waft into your premises. The other reason you want it 15 feet away from the house is in case the machinery overheats and catches fire. Anytime you are powering machinery with liquid or gaseous fuel, there is a chance of fire and explosion. Buy a battery operated CO detector when you buy the generator. Even if you never intend to run it inside or near the house, get the detector as an extra layer of safety.
    • Never run a generator in the rain—this goes back to the above caution that electricity and water don’t mix. Get a special tent or shelter to keep the generator under when it is raining. These shelters are wide open to prevent the buildup of CO gas in and around the generator. But even if you get a temporary shelter for the generator, you are not completely safe operating it in the rain. Even though you are keeping the rain off of the generator, there is a strong possibility that the ground around the generator is getting wet anyway. We always set up the generator on concrete or cinder blocks to keep it out of the wet. We always ground the generator in the event of stray electricity.

    • You need to turn off the generator before refueling—Pouring gasoline into a hot, operating generator is asking for trouble and tragedy. Spilled gasoline can combust with the generator and you catching on fire. It is inconvenient, but so is a blackout, but you must shut off the generator and let it cool down. By cool down, you must be able to touch the hot engine parts with your hand without burning yourself. If you can touch the formerly hot engine parts with your hand, then the likelihood of the device catching on fire when you refuel it is greatly reduced.
    • Keep extra gasoline stocks on hand but store it safely—Storing gasoline safely begins with using five-gallon or less capacity cans that meet OSHA requirements. A DOT approved safety can is (29CFR1926.155(1) an approved closed container.
    • Storing propane. Never store propane in your house! Anytime you store propane, use propane, refill propane or inspect propane tanks, it needs to be done outside with plenty of ventilation. Propane tanks need to be stored in a dry, very well ventilated area, but where children and pets do not have access to the tanks—never store a propane tank in a basement, attic, garage or backyard shed—just don’t do it. Build a small barricade for the propane tank where it can be positioned in an upright way. An easy barricade to make is to buy eight cinderblocks at Lowes, Home Depot ,, U-Haul store or Walmart, position the tank on the ground, position the cinder blocks around the tank and get a piece of weather grade plywood to use as a roof. Here is another thing, do not store a lot of propane tanks together. Keep then at least 10 feet apart. You need to also be aware that if you have stored propane for a number of years, you need to have it checked by a professional to ensure that it is still in workable shape. The universal propane tank that we all use for barbecues, the #20 propane tank, holds 4.7 gallons of the fuel. As everyone know, the tank is refillable and it can be used for a variety of purposes over many years. But how long can a #20 propane tank run a 5,000-watt generator? Figure that a #20 tank will last somewhere around three hours. That means to keep that 5,000-watt beauty running for 24 hours, you would need eight #20s stored around your property, but not in your house. You would be much better off buying a larger propane tank, perhaps a 100-gallon tank, which should keep you in electricity for a few days. But for many areas of the U.S. and Canada, when blackouts come, they don’t seem to last long. Then there are others, every couple of years, that last a few days. Naturally, if you are in a hurricane or tornado-prone area, you could lose power for weeks. The problem is, that nifty 100-gallon tank that you purchase may have gotten blown away in the first.

  • Using extension cords that are safe. You need to use special extension cords to transfer electricity from your generator to the transfer switch and into your home. You know those brown extension cords for attaching living room lamps? Forget them when it comes to generators. Those brown or white extension cords are two-wire, 18-gauge wire. These are considered light duty extension cords that could safely carry maybe 7 amps of electricity. These extension cords should never be used to transport electricity more than 25 feet max. These extension cords do not have a third grounding wire, which is also essential for our generator. Next up is the medium-duty 14-gauge, three-wire extension cord. These cords can safely carry electricity up to 50 feet. Then there is the heavy-duty 10-gauge extension cord that can carry up to 15 to 20 amps about 100 feet. This extension cord has a three-wire ground, its heavy and that is what you need for your generator.
  • A safety note about any extension cord you have in use. Ask yourself, what have you used this extension cord for in the past. Have you used it with the hedge clippers, the Weed Wacker? Before drafting any extension cord for use with your generator, you need to check the entire length of the extension cord for any nicks in the insulation and protection that surrounds the copper wire inside. If there is a nick, you need to fix it, better yet, throw out the extension cord and buy new, it is a heck of a lot safer because any water that can penetrate this extension cord could set the stage for a major disaster when used in the middle of a storm on a generator! Yes, a simple repair can be made on such a cord where you wrap it up in electrical tape. Under dry conditions, this will suffice, but under any moisture conditions, water will penetrate such a barrier and as we keep saying, water and electricity do not mix!
  • Don’t back feed your house with electricity. If you must, you can connect a generator directly to an appliance and run it, but never try to backfeed your house. What is backfeeding? It is plugging an extension cord from your generator into a wall socket in your house. People think they can power their house simply by adding current to the electrical system. At the most serious level, you could electrocute utility workers or neighbors who are on the same utility transformer. This foolish act also could bypass the safety protections in your electrical system and destroy your electronics and start a fire, perhaps in the wall of your house. For those who have no experience with it, fires in the wall of a house always end badly for everyone.



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