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DirecTV with a Generator

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by llupin, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Rich

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    Anyway you look at it, the automatic transfer switch is the best way to go. I've worked on them and as soon as the juice comes back the switch flips and you are back on the grid. We used big diesel generators in our plant and never had a problem. With the transfer switches, I mean. The generators were old and a pain, but that's another story.

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  2. inkahauts

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    I don't think anyone here has suggested a automated one. Do you have any suggestions?
     
  3. Vin

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    Rich, no doubt your history in your house warrants a permanently installed standby generator. I've been in my house in Clifton since 1988 and we've been very lucky with respect to power outages....we've never experienced anything like Sandy and we're hoping (gambling I guess) that we never will again. Flooding hasn't been an issue for us either. So, for me, a portable generator will be my backup for the next power outage.....only time will tell if my gamble pays off.
     
  4. Vin

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    Absolutely, anyone getting a permanently installed standby generator would be crazy not to have an automatic transfer switch...unfortunately, as I'm sure you're well aware, aren't an option (for obvious reasons) for portable generators.
     
  5. BlackDynamite

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    I don't see why a portable generator couldn't be rigged with an automatic switch. Most of the bigger ones (5000 watts and up) have electric start, so it shouldn't be too hard to automate it.
     
  6. inkahauts

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    I'd really only be concerned about it going back to service power and ending generator dependence.
     
  7. BlackDynamite

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    Yeah that could be tricky.
     
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    TED 5000-G is awesome. It took about an hour to setup, and now have full browser dashboard with power usage to the second, and history.

    Very cool ... it's an excellent indicator of normal watt requirements by hour for a typical day, when planning for generator.
     
  9. Rich

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    I believe most of the whole home gennys either include an automatic transfer switch or recommend one. The big automatic transfer switches I've worked with come on so quickly you hardly know you've lost power from the grid.

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    I just sent an email to 101.5 asking them to bring up the question of forcing all gas stations to be equipped with emergency generators as Florida does. If they can get the ball rolling, you're right. If things stay the same and your power goes out for 7 weeks, as is still happening is some places, where do you get the gas for a stretch like that?

    Yeah, it's a gamble.

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    I could make one. Just takes a couple contactors. Don't know what the code enforcement people would think of that... :lol:

    Seriously, portable gennys are just that: Portable. I don't think using a using an automatic device of any sort would be of help. Probably end up wrecking the genny or burning down the house. So, yeah, it is pretty obvious.

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    Suppose your home runs (wattage-wise) at a much higher wattage than the genny? Something is gonna blow as soon as that switch kicks in. Not a good idea.

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  13. BlackDynamite

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    Well most generators have a breaker, so it would just turn the generator off.

    The idea is to get one that is strong enough though, if you're going to have it come on automatically.
     
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    That would be feasible, the problem would be getting that accepted by the code official and your insurance company. I'm not sure where the NEC stands on generators.

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    Then what's the point of having it? I have seen enough destroyed CBs in my working life to be just a bit leery of them.

    Then you might as well get the whole home genny. Much safer.

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    Does anyone have a quick answer to this: How long would two large propane tanks last running a whole home genny? My mother and father's home never had NG and we had propane tanks just to cook with. I have no idea if two of them would last weeks or months running a whole home genny.

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  17. Vin

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    Knowing what I know now, I'll only need enough gas to make the drive from Clifton to Piscataway. :lol:
     
  18. Rich

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    Just got the reply from 101.5. The bill to make the gas stations have gennys is in the legislature right now. They did have a discussion about it on the radio, I just missed it. If I can get gas, the need for a whole house genny goes down considerably.

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  19. Vin

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    If you're talking about 100gal tanks, maybe a week or so based on what I've been able to glean from this thread:

    http://www.spyderlovers.com/forums/...pane-generator&p=480539&viewfull=1#post480539
     
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