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All week I've been wanting to hit the lathe but it seems like all I did was cut trees, rake the yard, fight the generator, chase gas, take coffee to the neighbors, return customer calls etc. Finally this afternoon I slipped out to the shop and turned a couple of pen blanks. Running on generator power and didn't start the fan or DC but it sure was a nice change. Hope to do more soon - great therapy.
 

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All week I've been wanting to hit the lathe but it seems like all I did was cut trees, rake the yard, fight the generator, chase gas, take coffee to the neighbors, return customer calls etc. Finally this afternoon I slipped out to the shop and turned a couple of pen blanks. Running on generator power and didn't start the fan or DC but it sure was a nice change. Hope to do more soon - great therapy.
Should have called me i have a few 100,000 gal over here !!!!!!!
 

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I finally got electricity back at my home last night just before midnight. However, I have a whole home standby generator, so I haven't actually been doing without power. It powered my 4 ton a/c just fine plus most of the rest of the house. Don't know what my natural gas bill will be, but no matter what it is, it will have been worth it. I always said, that the standby generators are a bad investiment until you need it and now I say, it was one of the best investments I have ever made. I had 4 families living in my home and we had most all conforts of home. Everyone is not gone and the family living in my home due to total loss, is in a hotel my company is leasing for them. Huntsman Chemical Company is leasing the Super 8 Suites in Port Arthur for all employees that lost their homes. We have 350 employees in my plant and 35 lost everything. It sure feels good to get some normal parts of life back.

I think Tortuga was asking about one of these generators? I can answer if you have questions and can even give some advise that I now know if needed and what I would do different next time I get one if I need another. Still, I love mine. I have the Generac 15K natural gas/propane model.
 

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I hear ya, Dale...I got a meeting tomorrow here at the casa with Week's Services' generator man, Jack.. Shoulda done this a loooong time ago, but with the thirty year intervals between these 'killer' 'canes, we just don't think about it.. Still without power here..looks like we are the Monday/Thursday folks..so we just gotta wait. Mont's man said he would survey the casa and recommend what we need...he was thinking about a 27K Generac NG unit.. Probably 'overkill' but right now I just don't care...plus I know I'll be getting the job done RIGHT and honestly from Mont's company.. Jack don't know it but he aint really 'bidding' on a job...he's GOT the job..just so long as he don't want my dog as down payment..LOL...

Live and learn....Live and learn...

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I was trying to buy a 17 natural gas Generac and had someone lined up to install it Friday but couldn't get the seller to respond and guarantee he had them in Houston. Ignored 2 emails and a voicemail so I tend to think he is out and wants to ship. I'd sure like to have one right now. I did power up the table saw and band saw to help my granddaughter build a bird house and it really made the generator groan.
 

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Here in my area, after Rita and now Ike, I have a huge amount of people asking and wanting a Generac and asking about my Natural Gas bill and how much is costs. So far, I have told them, this is the first time I have used it for an extended time and the cost to run it? Who cares. I am confortable and don't care at this time. Maybe next month when I get the bill I may change my mind, but doubt it. This thing has been a Godsend to me at this time. Hope it never has to be used again and will make it more worthwhile, but I am ready if it does again. My only regret is to now have gotten a little larger one, but can complain as I run my 4 ton a/c (not actually rated for 4 ton but works just fine for me) plus I haven't done without on most anything else. I don't have my stove top or oven on it but most everything else can be used, I just watch how much at one time I use. I have two deep freezes and two refrigerators (one inside and one outside) and I didn't loose any food throughout this ordeal. Since my wife uses a CPAP breathing machine, I will ask my insurance to help with gas bill, but don't know if it will happen or not and still don't care too much either way but will still ask.
 

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I had a 750 kw hooked to my house and office and it was ideling the whole time talk about an over kill that thing would have run half this side of town, but i do all there fueling for power plus and it was free they didnt want me going down since they have about 600 genarators in houston and galveston i;m talking to them about hooking one up full time that kicks on whenever the power goes out.
 

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Don - if you had told me that I'd have run an extension cord over.
Talk about a whopper,
 

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We are getting by with our little Honda EU200i with no problems. It will run the frig/freezer, a couple of fans, tv and a couple of lights on a gallon of gas for 10-12 hours. I'm thinking about getting another one and putting in a small window unit for ac....it's been cool enough that we have not really been unconfortable. gb
 

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I had a 7500 watt that a buddy of mine and I have had for years but it quit gennin'. It has an exciter button but so far hasn't worked. Luckily, a friend of mine got power back about the time mine quit so he brought his over - 6600 watts. They both keep the 2 refrigerators, freezer, lights, fans, TV and most importantly the well running. As long as we don't mind the noise it's almost like being civilized except for the AC. Sure ready for the power to come back on - I miss the AC.
 
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