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How to set up an Electric Generator

Written by; Thomas O'Connor / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Wed Aug 26 2009


Have you ever had a power outage at your home that has lasted more than one day? If you have, you know that it is always in the heat of the summer or during the coldest week in January.

Besides the temperature discomfort, functioning at your regular level ceases. You cannot do laundry, cook on electric appliances, watch television, or check out emails on your laptop. End those frustrations by one simple project: set up a generator at your house.

A basic understanding of electrical measurements is important for someone undertaking an electrical project. Generator output is gauged by the following terms. Ampere, otherwise known as an amp, assesses the flow rate of an electric current. A volt (V) quantifies the amount of electrical pressure. A watt (W) is the measurement component that computes the performance of electric power. Lastly, alternating current (AC) is the end result; it is the energy generated by the power companies that supplies the electricity needed for homes and businesses.

An illustration involves four 60-watt light bulbs. A generator must produce 240 watts (4 X 60) in order to light all four bulbs. A generator works by forcing electric charge to transport through an external electrical circuit. A magnet near a wire moves inside to produce a steady flow of electrons.

There are several available models of generators available. Size varies among generators with the smallest being able to be carried single handedly and the largest being housed at hospitals to generate electricity for their patients. There are two basic type of generators based on the fuel needs.

The gasoline powered generator is the most commonly used for home use. Either diesel fuel, propane gas or natural gas is used to power these machines. The second type is the 2-strokes or 4-strokes motors. The 2-stroke uses gas and water mixture as outlined by the manufacturer. The 4-strokes motors use strictly gasoline.

After purchasing a generator, follow the manufacturer's instructions precisely for safety reasons. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the main danger from the use of a generator. Generators should never be used in an enclosed space. This includes but is not limited to: houses, basements, garages and attics. Outside the home, away from window, vents, and doors, is the perfect location to set up a generator. Since it is an electric device, a generator should not be used in rainy or wet conditions.

Following the same concerns regarding working with electricity, generators should be used on a dry surface. There is also a higher risk of electrocution with electrical utility workers and neighbors using the same transformer as you.

Another safety precaution is to never plug a generator into a wall outlet. Consult with an expert to determine the safest type of outlet for this usage. Try our local business directory to locate one nearest to you!

A generator cannot supply all of your electrical needs during a power outage. When you need temporary electric power, a generator is the perfect choice. Most can power the refrigerator so that food does not spoil and provide limited amounts of time for heating and cooling needs. However, a generator can allow you to stay in your home during a power outage with the basic needs being met.


Copyright: 2009

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