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Dang I'm smart.....
#1384611 Sun Nov 15 2020 03:13 PM
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Tiny Offline OP
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......for putting in a new backup generator. Second time in a month we're on the new Generac. Turns out a squirrel committed suicide. The rest of the neighborhood is cold and dark while we're warm, fat and happy. grin


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Re: Dang I'm smart.....
Tiny #1384614 Sun Nov 15 2020 03:29 PM
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Got a quote the other day for $12500.00. Laughed the guy out of the driveway. I’ll be waiting a little longer. Should have done it years ago. Oh well, snooze you lose! ohwell


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Re: Dang I'm smart.....
Tiny #1384615 Sun Nov 15 2020 03:39 PM
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Told ya Tiny, that generator would put a smile on your face.


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Re: Dang I'm smart.....
Tiny #1384617 Sun Nov 15 2020 03:58 PM
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Was that a dealer installer Martin? Unless you're having to run piping and electric lines a long way that seems pretty high. Distance is money. It might be cheaper to buy the unit then hire an electrician to install it. The generator/transfer switch isn't that expensive. [generac.com]

Last edited by Tiny; Sun Nov 15 2020 05:44 PM.

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Re: Dang I'm smart.....
Tiny #1384634 Sun Nov 15 2020 06:29 PM
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I considered getting one about ten years or so ago. We don't lose power here very often. I'm glad I saved the money.

John


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Re: Dang I'm smart.....
Tiny #1384636 Sun Nov 15 2020 06:46 PM
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Tiny, the quote was from AirCo, they are an authorized Kohler dealer. The unit cost was $7500 (I can buy the same unit online for $5397) the rest was for 1 day labor. The gas would have to be run about 6’ and the wiring about 15’ total. They were taking advantage of the recent ice storm and hurricanes. Total rip off company. I am going to order the unit from the Internet after the first of the year and have my plumber run the gas and hire an independent electrician to wire it all up. I can pour the concrete pad myself. I wasn’t born yesterday.


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'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
USAF 1965-69 Weather Observation Tech (got paid to look at the clouds)


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Re: Dang I'm smart.....
Tiny #1384655 Sun Nov 15 2020 08:48 PM
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You'll save a lot of money that way most likely. The install on mine was a tad over $1800 complete.


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Re: Dang I'm smart.....
Tiny #1384661 Sun Nov 15 2020 10:00 PM
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This was 10 years ago when I checked in to one and I was quoted $1200.00 for installation. Lowes has changed their installation policy in some areas and you have to get your own installer for a lot of the things they sell. They found that the warranty cost was killing them with in house installers.


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Re: Dang I'm smart.....
Tiny #1384686 Sun Nov 15 2020 11:33 PM
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Are these high prices for "whole house" generators?

If so, may I ask ... in complete friendship ... why do you think you need a "whole house" generator? And one that pops in seamlessly when the power is cut?

Just asking, because 20 years ago, I bought a portable welder that is a 5KW generator as well. It is on it's third house. We just need our water pressure, a few lights in the bedroom and kitchen and the fridge. For the amount of time we're out of our electric service ( a few hours a few times a year due to weather events), we find that a few "essential" circuits are plenty and we can live with the inconvenience of heating with the wood stove or cooling with open windows, cooking on the gas grill, etc. Our portable welder, on a professionally installed cutout switch (Thanks Mike B!!!!) only cost $2,500 20 years ago and paid for itself in some paid repairs I did for neighbors in the first two years I owned it. It has pretty much been free power ever since.

And oh by the way, after 20 years (on ethanol free gas) it still starts first pull. It has a starter, I just gave up trying to keep a battery on it ...

Just sayin' ... smile Not that I am better than any of you, I just wish I was a rich as some of you that I could just throw money around like that ... $12K-plus? For a generator??? Seriously????????????????????????????

smile

Last edited by John Milliman; Sun Nov 15 2020 11:39 PM.

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Re: Dang I'm smart.....
Tiny #1384695 Mon Nov 16 2020 12:03 AM
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For some of us our power grid sucks. Not unusual for 10-15 outages a year. Every 2-3 years we have a major weather event, ice, snow, floods, high winds and of course tornadoes. Power can be out from a couple of days to over two weeks. Been there done that and didn’t like it one bit. My spouse is fighting COPD and will soon be relying on medical devices powered by electricity. It is our plan to remain here on the ranch until the good Lord calls us home, so the creature comforts are important. BTW, I have no intention of paying anyone $12500 for a generator.


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
USAF 1965-69 Weather Observation Tech (got paid to look at the clouds)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line"! Hug a cop!

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