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DirecTV with a Generator

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

  1. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

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    This was the unit I got from a local electrical/generator contractor. My price did not include gas work either. My gas guy told me it would run about $600.00 for everything for the gas.
    http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-O...Id=10053&langId=-1&storeId=10051#.ULVFQddX80U
     
  2. loudo

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    That was what I was mentioning earlier. The way the contractor explained it, they come with the unit.
     
  3. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

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    That is not totally true. This came off a chart that was given to me by one of the people I talked to.
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  4. Rickt1962

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    Yes that is correct ! its like a gas peddle of a Car the more u push it the more fuel u will use. As i stated earlier in the thread My home is 6000+ sqft I installed my own 20 years ago ! Its only 4500 watt LP. I have a 1000 gal under ground tank. Everything in my home is gas ! So I put in a 220 volt dryer jack in my shed I back feed my house with it. I turn off the main breakers, Yes breakers I have 2 two hundred breaker panels with a 220-50amp breaker crossing over both panels. So when the power goes off I flip off the two 200 amp mains then start the 4500 wat gen and go in and flip on my 50's. My 4500 handles my fridg, TV, well pump. Everything else i have runs off of gas. A 1000 gal tank will last 30 days. The longest i ever had to use it was a week.

    The funny thing was I installed it 20 years ago ! I think i went almost 10 years before i used it when we lost power more then a day. I do remember it was Xmas in the middle of a Blizzard ! And 3 years ago when a Hurrican knocked our power out for a week. My only cost is the tractor battery i have to buy every 3+ years ! It does have a pull rope starter. As any thing u dont use much unless you break the union and let the gas bleed out you get alot of air build up to the unit and you will be pulling that rope along time ! LOL
     
  5. Vin

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    Yeah, I was prepared to go for as much as $7,000 for the complete job but the quote I received has me rethinking this project. Now that a few weeks have passed since the storm and my zeal has waned (time heals all wounds) :) I'm leaning towards just getting a portable generator, especially considering how infrequently we've lost power in the 25 years we've been in our house.

    I have an electrician coming to look at the job tomorrow night to put in a transfer switch/sub panel and inlet box. I'm figuring I should be able to do the whole project for around $3,000 including the generator, give or take, depending on the unit I decide to go with.
     
  6. Diana C

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    I don't live in a mansion, but our house is 2500 sq ft, has a 3.5 ton central air conditioner, electric double oven, two refrigerators and a deep freezer, microwave, plus a bunch of TVs and all the normal stuff a house has. We have natural gas available (gas heat and hot water) and everyone we have gotten bids from have recommended a 17kw unit. The difference between a 14kw and a 20kw unit, once you factor in installation, is $1000 or less. If we are going to spend $8000 to $9000, I don't want to have think about turning something on.

    We had a 4.5kw portable through Sandy...having to turn something off before we turned something else on got pretty tired awfully quickly. Then we couldn't get gasoline (none of the stations had power). Never again.

    We have lived in this house for 19 years...in the first 15 years we lost power 3 or 4 times. In the last 3 years we have lost power over a half dozen times, and for more than a week 3 times in the past 2 years. In our view, having your own standby power is no longer a luxury. Electricity has gotten like indoor plumbing...it is a requirement for modern living.
     
  7. Sixto

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    Love this post.

    It's almost my exact situation. Same experience, and same plans.

    Kohler 14RESA will most likely be the solution once I can get anyone to accurately visit and quote.
     
  8. carl6

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    I keep forgetting about air conditioning, something almost nobody has in my neck of the woods. Also something I tend not to consider essential, but know I would feel differently if I lived where it gets hot and humid at the same time.
     
  9. maartena

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    A friend of mine that lives in Florida somewhere had his house "hurricane proofed", with regards to electricity.... I only know this guy through some internet chat boxes and other sites, but apparently he had installed in his house a number of outlets with RED face plates, one near the fridge in the kitchen, one near the TV setup in the living room, one for a light in the living room, one for the water heater I believe, and probably one or two others. These outlets don't do ANYTHING unless a generator he had installed in the corner of his yard is fired up. He would then have to change his equipment from one outlet to the other by hand to make them work on the generator.

    He decided to do this, because when he originally had his generator installed he had to run cords through a window into the home to power some things. It did cost him thousands of dollars to install the separate circuit in his home though, and he has YET to use it (besides testing it once or twice) in an actual disaster scenario....
     
  10. maartena

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    AC also costs a lot of power, to keep the house cooled you would need quite a decent generator.
     
  11. James Long

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    I've done that, but without the color change. I'd rather keep the systems 100% separate AND not have cords draped through the house.

    I also have 15w bulbs on a generator only circuit that feeds light sockets in various places. No candles needed to get around the house.
     
  12. Sixto

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    Finally heard back from the owner of one of the recommended companies today. Good guy, but he was honest. He's buried. Totally swamped, with hundreds of requests and no time for a visit for quite some time. At least he was honest.

    May be a good area for those looking for a new job opportunity. Seems like lots of latent demand if you have the right skills.
     
  13. Combat Medic

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    I've actually got a $100 windows A/C boxed up in my garage. It only draws 500watts and can keep one room nice and cool. I don't need the entire house comfortable to sleep at night.
     
  14. Combat Medic

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    Oh, I'm lazy too but I really hate paying somebody to do something that I can do.
     
  15. Rich

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    Had my AC go out this last summer and it was a miserable experience for a couple days. I have enough fans to cool the house, at least make it livable, but they need juice too.

    Rich
     
  17. Rich

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    Yeah, that does bother me at times. But true laziness usually prevails.... :lol:

    Rich
     
  18. Vin

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    I bought 2 a few years ago when my Central unit was going to be replaced. They are 6,500 BTU and draw 670 watts each. I put one in the Den and one in the Bedroom and a couple of 20" box fans to help spread the cool around the rest of the house.
    When hurricane Ike came thru here they were a lifesaver with my gentrator driving them. We had some cool, watched the TV, got on the computer and had cold drinks and stuff in the refrigerator.
    I use natural gas for heating, cooking, drying clothes and the hot water heater.
     
  20. Rickt1962

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    You might want to check on the starting capacitor's It may run at 670 but the jump in voltage will trip the breaker if it isnt set up correct with the Genny and Distance is everything ! How long the run is from the AC to the genny you will lose amps
     

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