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Old 09-28-2017, 11:32 AM
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Not a whole house generator comment, but here's a different route.

Up North I had a 5000w generator. Used it five times over a 15 year period. If I did not use it for six months, I would fire it up and let it run for five minutes. Regarding gas, had three five gallon gas cans and would rotate them with my mower so the gas was reasonable fresh. Changed the oil only five times in 15 years (I know, I know......bad boy). Never had any issues and did the job for me for short-term outages.

Now in Florida, same thing except I don't mow.......so I give my gas to the lawn service every six months and purchase new.

I'm probably not drawing within the lines.

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Old 09-28-2017, 02:33 PM
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We all have autos. Is there some way we can draw down power (interface) from the car. I know we can recharge telephones etc this way.
What about more electric "thirsty" devices?
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Had one up north...lived in a rural area with above-ground wiring and frequent outages. It was a Generac and covered all but the AC. It ran itself once a week for about 5 minutes -- 'exercising' they called it -- to keep all things lubricated. Ours ran on LP (can run on natural gas). Since we had a well, power was essential. It ran well, just changed oil & filter once a year (DIY). Didn't bother with one here...so far...because of underground wiring.
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My friend lives in Jacksonville She bought one and her neighbor turned her in because it had to run every week. The noise bothered the neighbor and my friend could never run it. Double check before you spend the money to make sure it's not an issue here. I don't know I'm just throwing this out to you. You know if people complain about a bird!
Good point. Their are noise rules and they do make a little noise.
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The power is not out long enough to justify the purchase.
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Ha ha, I remember that! Mockingbirds making too much noise at night.

I wonder how many hours per week your friend had to run her generator.
Our Annapolis MD Generac propane- fueled whole house generator used to run for 10 minutes every Wed at 11:00am to check all systems. After losing power one winter for 2 frigid days due to ice and also frequently losing power in 100degree heat, we decided to invest in a generator that would keep the furnace or AC running along with the lights, well pump and sump pump. What peace of mind it afforded us each time the power went out and the generator kicked on effortlessly!
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But, can we have one of the big generators here in the Villages?
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Old 09-29-2017, 07:28 AM
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Just a few thoughts: check your deed restrictions (online at districtgov.org) and since it would be a permanent structure you may need to go through Architectural Review. Depending on where you live, you may need to bury a propane tank. If you are serious, I would start by making a few phone calls to your CDD.


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