If You’ve Got A Generator…

With the storm of the decade century millennium bearing down on us — the latest forecast is for up to 75 inches of snow, and winds nearing 12,000 miles an hour* — alert “06880” reader Bart Shuldman passes along these tips:

GeneratorIf you are lucky enough to have a generator, you need to know that depending on the size and type, it will need oil once a day, every other day, or every 3 days. Your generator will stop running if the oil pressure drops.

Here is how to see how much oil you have — and, if necessary, how to change it:

  • Open the panels surrounding the generator. Find the  electrical panel. If the unit is on, turn off the unit first — NOT THE BREAKER. Your switch should have a middle position that is “off.” Do not turn off the breaker just yet. Once the unit is off, wait 30 seconds — then turn the breaker off.
  • Once everything is off, look for the dipstick. Pull it out, wipe it clean, replace it and see if oil shows up on the stick. There will be minimum and maximum marks. If below the minimum, add oil.
  • Find the oil turn cover on top of the unit. Open it up and add the oil (you may need a funnel). Add about half a can, then use your dipstick and look again. Add until the oil is close to maximum level.
  • Once finished, replace the oil cover and put the oil dipstick back.

When starting the generator again, turn on the unit first — NOT THE BREAKER. Wait a few seconds, then turn the breaker on. Then replace all covers. You’ve kept your generator working for at least another day.

* Just kidding**

** I hope

10 responses to “If You’ve Got A Generator…

  1. Pamela Singer

    thank you DAN BRILLIANT POST

  2. jenny tibbs clerkin

    are you frigging nuts posting winds at 12,000 miles an hour …….
    Westport would be wiped off the planet.
    keep it real …….PLEASE

    • Jonathan Maddock

      But just Westport. Other towns will go untouched.

    • As the evening went on last nite the forecasts, of course, continued to intensify the strength of this upcoming Blizzard.

      Then I saw your “75 inches,” starting feverishly multiplying and dividing in my mind, didn’t see the velocity of the wind part of your story and flew to text my kids: ‘Over six feet of snow!!! OMG!!!” Then I walked around the house mentally measuring the height of the windows, thinking the upstairs deck will be our only ‘out.’

      Man, I wish this were an April Fool’s joke…we’d be talking levels of pollen instead of lack of salt melt.

      Dan, Dan, Dan.

      Be safe. See you on the other side…not THE Other Side; just the other side of this storm. LOL

  3. And do not run your portable generator inside a garage bay, even if left opened, or in close proximity to a window or door. For those individuals who ran out and bought one for apocalyptic events like this….please read the instruction manual and hopefully you have been maintaining it as well. A generator that is not routinely maintained and the battery has not been left on a trickle charge or run periodically tend to become a big hunk of useless metal when it is needed the most….like when the power goes off for a week!

  4. Marcy Anson Fralick

    Or you could catch a flight out of LaGuardia before the storm comes in and head for Florida, Arizona, Hawaii, The Carribean, The South of France, The Riviera, Australia,………

  5. Gault maintains our Generac and, I believe, they service it once a year – and it only requires extra oil if run for three straight days, or similar.

    • Bart Shuldman

      Generac recommends stopping the unit and checking the oil after 24 hours of continuos use. During Sandy, many neighbors were shocked when their generators stopped due to constant use as they lost power for days.

      Hopefully none of us will lose power and the prediction of 2′ does not happen.

      Wishing everyone a safe next few days (and power).

  6. Estelle T. Margolis

    Dan, Surely you cannot mean “winds of 12,000 miles an hour”!!!!
    Estelle T. Margolis