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Old 09-09-2017, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Very good post fisheye. The only thing I do different is with my generator. Every three to four months I syphon out the gas, and use it in my other equipment that gets more run time. After I syphon I refill with fresh gas, and let it run a couple of minutes to flush the carb. I don't trust running it dry, as it only takes a little condensation to develop rust spots in the carb, and or bowl.
Our generator will sit for sometimes five years - who knows? It is there only for the next major 'event'. It isn't worth draining and perpetually running it for no reason other than trying to 'predict the future'. If I forget to recycle the gas, which I probably would; then I could have problems when we would need it again. Hopefully we do not need it with the remnants of Irma!

We have one car that we use very rarely - my wife does not want to get it dirty! It will sit until I have to charge the battery before we start it and it has a new battery! I do try to drive out a tank of fuel when we do drive it so it starts over with fresh fuel. We bought one older car off my parent's estate from my sisters and we want to kill that one first before we start on another one! The older car had sat for two years before we finally purchased it. It did have a full tank of gas if that made any difference? I am sure that others have started cars that sat for years with the same fuel.
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Old 09-09-2017, 06:57 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Living in central Long Island (hence my screen name) we lose electricity at the drop of a hat due to all the large oaks in the area. It's not unusual for us to need it at the very least once a year. If I ever get some time, I have a propane conversion kit that I need to install, which will end all the drama of stale gasoline, or the long lines of trying to get a five gallon jug filled like we had with 'Sandy'
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Living in central Long Island (hence my screen name) we lose electricity at the drop of a hat due to all the large oaks in the area. It's not unusual for us to need it at the very least once a year. If I ever get some time, I have a propane conversion kit that I need to install, which will end all the drama of stale gasoline, or the long lines of trying to get a five gallon jug filled like we had with 'Sandy'
We have a 49th anniversary coming up and are thinking about having a 'professional' propane system installed. We are getting too old to worry about what gets connected and what doesn't.
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:10 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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We have a 49th anniversary coming up and are thinking about having a 'professional' propane system installed. We are getting too old to worry about what gets connected and what doesn't.
I'm also looking that way. 5 grand for a complete install here.
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I'm also looking that way. 5 grand for a complete install here.
5 grand for the system; I do not know how much for the install? Many times contractors almost double the materials. But we have not contacted any contractors to pour the slabs and install; we have to shortly.
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:26 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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5 grand for the system; I do not know how much for the install? Many times contractors almost double the materials. But we have not contacted any contractors to pour the slabs and install; we have to shortly.
Generac is making that offer here. I believe it's a 4kw system.
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Old 09-09-2017, 11:40 AM
 
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My husband uses an old Stihl chainsaw, gas powered. Need to keep it sharpened.

We live on a large piece of property, so an electric one would be useless here.
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Old 09-09-2017, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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My husband uses an old Stihl chainsaw, gas powered. Need to keep it sharpened.

We live on a large piece of property, so an electric one would be useless here.
That is what it is all about; matching your equipment needs to the job at hand. If you had to buy a generator to power your saw and/or a few hundred feet of good extension cord; then you lost the advantage of a corded electric saw. If your batteries do not last for a full day's work and you have a full day's work; then you lost any advantage of the cordless saws. Gas chainsaws have endurance and mobility. Maybe, at sometime in the future, cordless will also have that power - but not now.

On the other hand; electrics do have a place for the smaller 'estates'. If you only use these saws infrequently; then they are the equipment for you.
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Old 09-10-2017, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Just to note that the use of E-10 is mandated in Virginia's more densely populated areas -- the DC suburbs in the north, plus Richmond-Petersburg and Hampton Roads further south.
They should sell non ethanol gas since how many small engines are there between homeowners, landscapers, tree surgeons etc not to mention states that tax gas heavily since they assume ( their justification ) it's being used by automobiles for road use. Supposedly the tax is used for roadwork while lawnmowers don't usually travel on roads.
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Old 09-11-2017, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Generac is making that offer here. I believe it's a 4kw system.
Wow. It has really gone up. Ours is 16kw and cost a little north of $3K. We opted for a 16 circuit ATS rather than whole house which would have cost another $1200 plus increased installation costs.

The downside is we chose circuits based on where we intended to put things. However reality was we put many things like the big fridge, elsewhere. So, when the power goes out, we have extension cords running all over the place. However no extension cord issue since my daughter backed into the generator. Now it does not work, so we do not need extension cords when the power goes out.
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