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Hope everyone in Maine is OK warm and dry.

Tom

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Best of luck to anyone who's affected by this recent storm. We got pounded by it here in south Florida. Took out most of our beaches by erosion. The neighborhood beach below used to be a nice one. Now it's completely gone!  

 

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Thanks guys!

I ran off a generator for a few days but it could have been worse. I was talking to some people today who are still without power and not estimated to get it back until Saturday. We all lost it Monday morning pretty much. Lots of flooding around towns with rivers through them, which is many in this state.

I'm glad it wasn't snow

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We lose power several times a year. We bought a Honda generator about 1.5 years ago, but have yet to use it, other than starting it every three weeks to keep its battery charged. Our house holds heat quite well and we've lanterns and a battery-powered radio for light and music. Thanks for thinking of us, Tom!

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You need to change the gasoline about every 6 months and add Sta-Bil. Start the generator let run run a few minutes then put the old gas in your vehicle.

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19 hours ago, ol'crickety said:

We lose power several times a year. We bought a Honda generator about 1.5 years ago, but have yet to use it, other than starting it every three weeks to keep its battery charged. Our house holds heat quite well and we've lanterns and a battery-powered radio for light and music. Thanks for thinking of us, Tom!

You should think about hooking up a trickle charger to your generator. It’s best if a generator battery is kept at full instead of letting it run down. The Noco Genius 1 would be a good choice. Even keeping the battery well maintained, it will only last 3-4 years. 

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Thanks for the advice, @looking45. You might be right. I don't know. I'm just doing what the Honda dealer told me to do, which I'm guessing Honda told him to say. I'm thinking it's good for the engine to run every three weeks, just like it's good for a car engine to run regularly. 

 

Tom, I do add Sta-Bil. And even though I'm supposed to run the generator for 20 to 30 minutes, I'm sometimes forget it's running. It's the quiet model and it's big and burns down the gas when I forget.

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How often do folks actually need to use their generator?

 

I got my Honda in 2006 and have used it for real twice, once for a week, and another for 3 days, maybe another once or twice for a few hours each. I use it so infrequently that I leave it dry, of course I’m the autostart for it.

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We are in a area that looses power surprising often. My genny sits with the tank empty in our walk out basement. When needed I can pull it out side, fill it up , plug it in, and have it running within minutes.

 It's rare not to need it two or three times a winter.

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Was some of the highest water I've ever seen during that storm along the Androscoggin River... And now trying to get a hardwater bite is virtually impossible up here... Couple scattered big pike but that's about it. Usually i've gotten at least 2 or 3 smallies through the ice by now...

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Sta-Bil doesn’t hurt the gasoline it simply extends it’s useful life. Without an additive gasoline goes bad in about 3 months.

Tom

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