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Old 12-02-2009, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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It can snow now... I got the doggy yard cleaned up.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:51 PM
 
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Just stopping by to check this thread on our lunch break from shopping for snow tires and looking at generators. I'm thinking this is a real downside to renting. I work from home. My DH works for home when he isn't traveling. I want a generator!!!!
The downside of renting is you won't be able to install the electrical equipment needed to conveniently hook up a backup generator to your electrical system. I doubt a landlord will be willing to allow it nor foot the bill for the installation. You can ,however, get a generator to run some lights, keep your fridge running and make yourself more comfortable during short outages. You just have to switch things over as you usually only have two to four outlets on the generator depending on the size of it. You really need to tap into the breaker box to run things like a furnace, water pump and larger appliances.
My inlaws have a propane fired standby generator that is large enough to run their whole home. It fires up when ever the power fails and they don't even know when the power is out. They usually call us to see if it's out.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:53 PM
 
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It can snow now... I got the doggy yard cleaned up.
Yes I'm ready now too. The tarps on the wood pile withstood the 40+ MPH gusts of last Saturday. Everything is now put away and we're ready to see snow!
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Maine
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My inlaws have a propane fired standby generator that is large enough to run their whole home. It fires up when ever the power fails and they don't even know when the power is out. They usually call us to see if it's out.
A propane fired standby generator--that would be perfect for our home in Maine.

Where can we get one of those?
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:48 PM
 
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A propane fired standby generator--that would be perfect for our home in Maine.

Where can we get one of those?
There is a place in Lisbon Falls called Enterprise Electric that installs and maintains them. Look up Generac Guardian Backup Generators as I'm sure there are many other dealers.
They aren't cheap but they are nice to have.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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All of our fruit trees are wrapped, and our secondary stove is all hooked-up, so we are ready here

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Old 12-02-2009, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Default Thank you, Maineah!

We are not too far from Lisbon Falls. Guess we can plan and save for that purchase now.
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Kronenwetter, Wis
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Heard awhile back that if you carry anything in your pickup bed be sure to tie it down/secure it, somehow, so if you hit the ditch that stuff won't come flying through your back window and injure somebody. Read a story once where a guy was carrying construction tools in his station wagon and had to stop abruptly and a steel pry bar came up from the back and impaled him in his head (yuk). EMT's had to remove it and he survived.
Years back we could use studded tires here in Wisconsin in winter but eventually they banned them because they were ruining the roads. Sooooooo, all you guys in Maine using studs, are not your studded tires ruining your roads? Had to ask.
Some snowmobiles here have studded tracks and where ever there's a roadway snowmobile crossing you can see the pits in the concrete caused by the studded tracks.

I just figured out why Mainers can use studded tires up there. All your roads/highways are dirt.
Just joking....lol lol (honest)
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:20 PM
 
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Heard awhile back that if you carry anything in your pickup bed be sure to tie it down/secure it, somehow, so if you hit the ditch that stuff won't come flying through your back window and injure somebody. Read a story once where a guy was carrying construction tools in his station wagon and had to stop abruptly and a steel pry bar came up from the back and impaled him in his head (yuk). EMT's had to remove it and he survived.
Years back we could use studded tires here in Wisconsin in winter but eventually they banned them because they were ruining the roads. Sooooooo, all you guys in Maine using studs, are not your studded tires ruining your roads? Had to ask.
Some snowmobiles here have studded tracks and where ever there's a roadway snowmobile crossing you can see the pits in the concrete caused by the studded tracks.

I just figured out why Mainers can use studded tires up there. All your roads/highways are dirt.
Just joking....lol lol (honest)
They may as well be! Actually frozen dirt roads are worse for holding ice than paved ones. The sun heats up the dark pavement and salt opens up holes in it. Dirt roads are frozen, water filled sand and gravel (essentially a block of sandy ice) so they stay colder longer and hold the ice and snow more. The studs do damage pavement though the damage is minimal and you have to have them off before the warm weather makes the pavement soft again in the spring. Besides the roads up here are so bad anyway stud useage is the least of their problems.
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:45 PM
 
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The downside of renting is you won't be able to install the electrical equipment needed to conveniently hook up a backup generator to your electrical system. I doubt a landlord will be willing to allow it nor foot the bill for the installation.

I would think a generator would be beneficial not only to his tenants, but to the landlord as well.

For example, if having a generator would keep the furnace going, it would help save the landlord's pipes from freezing.

Why wouldn't the landlord allow it?
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