Electrical Wiring in the Home/Generator Usage

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Bob:
I purchased a 7000W Westinghouse portable generator.
The User Manual indicates that subject generator should be used only in a dry environment.
However, the most likely time for a power failure and the need for generator power,  will undoubtedly be during a rain or snow storm.
If I have need of the generator at that time, do I need to attempt to keep it covered or protected in some manner, from rain and snow.
If so, that does not seem practical in a wintry N'eastern storm.
I welsome your guidance and volunteering..

Answer
Nicholas,

That is true and you do need to provide some protection from the weather but at the same time not inhibit the generator from breathing (getting rid of heat and exhaust) Some people have made shed like enclosures to put generators into that are big enough for heat and exhaust to escape easily with out the use of any exhaust fans and heavy enough that they don't blow away.

You also need to have plenty of clearence on all sides and top of the generator. Check out U tube for some ideas. Don't use sound deadening materials like foam insulation board, it is highly flammable. Also you don't want the generator with in 10' f the house for exhaust and fire considerations especially if its in a wooden enclosure.

Type in "generator sheds" and see what comes up. I saw a guy who was making them and they looked pretty good. If you get something flimsy it will blow away or get knocked down in high winds. You really do need something with some weight and plenty of clearence inside.

Bob
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"The Frank Williams School of Electrical Construction". My dear old boss is 100 ! and still going God Bless him. I started working for "Tenafly Electric" right out of high school at 19. He was tough but I learned more working for him in 8 and half years than most guys. We did mostly industrial work while doing some commercial and residential so I was fortunate to be exposed to all 3 areas of electrical construction. The guys I worked with were all good guys and I stay in touch with some of them still. Most of us went into our own buisness's which says something about the caliber of the guys I worked with. We had some interesting clients : Wella Corp. of shampoo fame, Farah Fawcett etc, I didn't buy shampoo for 10 years. It was a great place to work. Pan Am the former airline just before they went under, another great place to work, nice clean environment. C&C Metals, the largest button manufacturer in the US at that time, a not so clean environment but a very interesting place to work, lots of machine's cranking out buttons of all kinds but you had to be on your toes, it was a potentially dangerous place to be . All kinds of action going on around you.

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