During our nearly 20 years of living down in the country, we’ve been without power a lot, once for 5 days following a 30” snow storm and we’ve just suffered through it. I bought a small portable back-up generator at one point but it didn’t last very long and I think it’s still setting in the garage.
Then several weeks ago, Marjie, at Modern Day Ozzie and Harriet, posted about getting a back-up generator and it inspired me to take action. I shopped around and found that a local electrical contractor that I was familiar with was the dealer for Kohler Generators and we bought one. It is 20kw (85 amps) at full load and while it won’t run the entire house all at one time, it will run the things we really want power to – water well, refrigeration, HVAC, main TV, portable telepnones, alarm system, water well, water well – it’s the pits to be without water in addition to power.
The circuits that the generator will supply run through an automatic transfer switch which senses when power is lost, disconnects from the power grid, starts the generator, and furnishes power to the circuits wired into it. When the power comes back on, it reverses the process plus it starts up and runs by itself on a regular basis to be sure it is working.
This is the area where it is to go - under the deck.
As it turned out, a new larger line needed to be run from the propane tank to the generator requiring a ditch thru Bev’s flowers and damage to 3/5 buried water lines for the sprinkler system. Cute little shovel they had to dig it with.
All finished and ready to keep us powered up.
We may never lose grid power again but at least now we can travel with more confidence that we won’t come home to a frozen up house and freezers full of spoiled food.
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
2/18/13 event date