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Old 11-27-2010, 07:50 PM   #16
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There was a story here a couple years ago where a couple put a generator on an outside patio...they both died from CO poisoning...keep it away!
Wow, never figured they produced THAT much CO2. Is this because they burn less efficient compared to other things like a car? I could understand if it was IN the house, but even outside near vents/people? Good to know.
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Old 11-28-2010, 02:40 AM   #17
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Wow, never figured they produced THAT much CO2. Is this because they burn less efficient compared to other things like a car? I could understand if it was IN the house, but even outside near vents/people? Good to know.
The CO2 is odorless gaz and you can not smell it and it have about the same denstiy as the normal air is.

But what it do is displace the oxygen and you will feel lightheaded and you will get headache from it.

Just goggle CO2 posioning there are quite few reports about that and many new generators have warning sticker about near the house.

Even in France we did have a failty not too long ago someone ran a generator in the attached garage and the fumes did travel thru the attic loft and went down thru the cracks / vent opening and knock them out.

And the other thing as long we are on the simauir topic .,,

If your POCO find out that you are running a generator and they will not hook the power back on until it have either approved tranfer switch there or ask you to turn off the generator.

This part is getting very strict with it and many inspectors are cracking down hard on this one.

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Old 11-28-2010, 09:47 AM   #18
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First, there is a difference between CO and Co2. One will kill you fast and the other will take a while longer unless you inhale it from a bottle.
Page 18 on the link you provided. C&P:
Limit operation requiring maximum power to 30 minutes.
Maximum power is: 3500 watts
For continuous operation, do not exceed the rated power.
Rated power is: 3000 watts
The total power requirements (VA) of all appliances connected must
be considered. Appliance and power tool manufacturers usually list
rating information near the model number or serial number.

This is very true. MLMIB, you have a very nice, high quality generator. The problem I see is you are going to feed your whole house with the smallest 240 volt generator made. Generators do not like to be taxed to the max. You could damage the windings. To help you understand. The generator will provide two 120 volt legs that each will provide 1500 watts of total power thus the 3000 rated watts. Each 120 volt line will ONLY provide 1500 watts. A 240 volt appliance has a balanced load. If the total load is 2000 watts then each side will use 1000 watts. When I say "side" I'm talking about 1 of the two wires that make up 240 volts.
I have a 6 year old devilbiss 5000/6250 10 horse Briggs ohv. It's just so, so. I bought a Honda from Sams on a deal that is rated over 7000 watts and it is the cats meow. Starts anything. The above Briggs listed unit would struggle. I once ran it for 20 hours loaded with a Freezer, Refrigerator and 8000 btu window unit during a power outage. It did fine, but used a lot of gas. It is now for sale. With the 5000 watt unit I had to start each of those loads in one minute intervals (which is normal). My larger Honda gives more power with less gas and I love it. My wife can start this 7000 watt Honda where the 5000 Briggs she could not.
Your Gen is fine for the refrigerator and lights. If your home furnace is gas or oil it should run the blower fan.
Buy a CO detector and don't worry about poison. When you say "yard is small". If your neighbors get headaches from CO, you might hear about it later.
Wait, I know what to do. Buy a 7000 watt unit, some number 10 extention cords and charge the neighbors for power.
Good Luck
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