Electrical Wiring in the Home/Generator

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Good Day Will!

As I know nothing about electricity, I want to ask what kind of Generator I should buy to power a cottage in which we have 7 lights, 1 small fridge, 1 microwave, 1 hotplate with 2 coils(small double pot heater), 4 portable electric space heaters, toaster and coffeemaker, TV, and a radio.

Thank you,

George

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George,

fair enough,  OK  are you wanting gasoline driven, natural gas, propane what is the best method for a driver    driver=motor, gas engine, natural gas engine, diesel engine so on,   

Then we size the POWER NEEDED    amps to amps is NOT THE Way it is sized,    a generator or power center is sized considering the TYPES of loads     induction loads such as motors or devices with motors, some heaters have   what is called IN RUSH CURRENT  only for a few seconds on start up but has to be considered in sizing the generator or even the distribution center and breakers,        

I would start to thing along these lines,    a generator,   a battery bank,   some type or brand of solar,  that can be added to,    a breaker box,     and as you can wean off fuel and start storing solar, or wind energy    at least consider designing this with that in mind if this is a long term situation        

If it is an as used    situation     where it is used randomly   maybe you just use a generator and the plugs on the generator,   you can go as simple or complex as you want,  but for anything deemed long term   I would absolutely start looking around at solar panels   solar starter kits, wind generator starter kits,  storage batteries      and it needs not be major at this point but able to integrate down the road versus leaving it out intially and then coming back and wanting to put some kind of free energy in the picture,    

http://www.goalzero.com/emergency-prep


That link is a good to place to start and then get back to me with more details,   on what your long term plans are,    and how you intend to use the residence,  
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Electrical issues of all types, wiring, control, appliances, components, specialty in Electric MOTOR or APPARATUS trouble shooting, electric motors, electrical problems, single phase, three phase, DC, capacitors, elevator MG-Sets, modifications, reverse engineering, VFD Drives, single to three phase convertors. Repair of most any electrical/mechanical/electronic apparatus, OEM, AC, DC, Industrial Applications, Three phase, single phase failure mode, determining the root cause of the equipment failure BEFORE failure repeats, Antique appliances, electric motors, fans, ceiling fans, base mount fans, poor equipment performance, Modifications, habitual failures, vibration, redesign, obsolete issues, collectible items restored, rewinding. Owner of EMR Repair Inc www.emrrepair.com More information on electric motors, under Engineering/Motors Ask about any electrical or mechanical problems in the home, office, or even at your work. B2B or business to business CONSULTING I can do but it would be a much more complex issue, that would require a significant amount of time. repair@mearservice.com from there we can discuss and begin work on about anything. Industrial electric motors, controls, troubleshooting, vibration, alignment, any type of industrial or commercial electric/electrcical equipment For the home owner, renter, apartment if you have odd things going on, describe to me, photos are normally very helpful, appliances, heating and air conditioning issues, light switches, installation, DIY PROJECTS FOR THOSE NOT EDUCATED IN ELECTRICAL, we can do some things, but for safety and sanity reasons, I may refer you to a local electrician, and help you find one, help you with pricing and even speak directly with anyone you hire if you have issues,

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Over thirty years with a major repair and sales company, VP of Operations, and former owner of my own specialty repair shops, MEAR Services local to Kansas City Missouri EMR Repair Inc., located in Kansas City Missouri, 2014 sold both businesses to JCI Industries, Lee's Summit Missouri wbabbitt@jciind.com Evaluation and repair of electrical/mechanical apparatus. Electrical and mechanical repairs, trouble shooting including, vibration and balance issues. About.com provides this service, and the huge costs to provide help on about any subject. They provide the servers, the people to vet the experts, costs that would be the same as operating a good sized business, They should be appreciated for what they do, the huge costs and the great help they provide for free, Electric motor questions, can be answered here but there is a dedicated category that has other experts to help and add to a solution. Other common questions, are noises in the walls, breakers tripping, devices not starting or shutting down for no apparent reason, smoke alarms buzzing, thermostat change outs, or sizing wire or needing information for a new project, but anything can be resolved, anything, with enough effort and patience, DIY, with electrical is possible, but in most cases the use of a simple ohm meter or volt meter is needed, they can be purchased at any hardware store for a few bucks. If you have smoke, or smell smoke, don't be writing me, call 911 the Fire Department has no problem looking for smoke smells, better then spraying water on a blazing fire. DO NOT GET CAUGHT INVESTIGATING AND TRAPPED IN A BASEMENT LOOKING FOR A BLOWER FAILING< As to the tip jar, it is up to you, it is appreciated, every expert spends out of pocket that I know, we spend on IP time, computer wear, printing documents, books, and of course our time, but if we prevent a $400 service call, we did well,

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10 plus years, various Technical Schools, followed by Industrial College Credit and non Credit Courses, electronics courses, experience in most any electrical apparatus, electric motors and generators, AC OR DC, fractional to above 5000HP, other electrical apparatus, slip rings, sleeve [plain] bearings, lubrication, identification-no data plate, control components, service and sales. I have continued night schools for decades, the list is extensive. I have been in the business of repairing most anything with wires or mechanical parts for decades, I have some helpful hints and directions you won't have to dig up. Or hopefully not have to pay a huge service call invoice to find.

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