Time to check your generators. Specifically, check the fuel line for cracking.

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by Mambo Dave, Aug 22, 2015.

  1. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    For those of us down south, it's hurricane season and time to check our generators. Many of our chinese generators - my HF generator included - seem to have come with fuel lines that weren't meant to be used with ethanol. On top of that, we really haven't had to use them for years now.

    I just checked mine this morning, and that got me going to the store to get new line and new fuel. Mine was hardened up and cracked (just at the bend from the petcock), and it would have failed when I needed it. So glad I checked it.

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    Loaded the fuel can and Jeep up with this fuel... just for longer-term storage.

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  2. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better Supporter

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    Yep I switched to e-free gas for all my power equipment way back. Do need to double check my lines and change the oil this week before Erika decides where to strike.
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  3. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Fired mine up this weekend. I love my Honda 3000. After months just turn the key. HOWEVER the hoses do not "look" good although they are holding. Yep pump shit from somewhere when I needed it. Anyway good call.
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  4. Risk

    Risk Rode hard, put away wet.

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    O'Reily auto parts carries fuel hose that has a liner in it for e-fuel. Good stuff for generators.
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  5. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    Now that I'm looking at that picture of the petcock again - specifically the black seal / gasket between it and the blue tank - I think I see a crack in the gasket :muutt
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  6. Sandspit

    Sandspit Been here awhile

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    Fresh Gas check....Generator check....extra Beer check....Surfboards waxed and ready CHECK!!!!!
    Come on Erika we need some big waves !!!! it has been a slow to non-existent tropical surf season so far
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  7. sperz1

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    I'm pulling mine out this weekend to have it ready if needed.
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  8. Sandspit

    Sandspit Been here awhile

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    Erika well a let down for the surf community but hopefully ins rates stay the same so that is ok Sebastian inlet got good on Sunday

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  9. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    Reminder - check your fuel supply lines soon.
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  10. sperz1

    sperz1 Lame Adventurer Supporter

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    Good bump Dave.
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  11. Buzztail

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    +1
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  12. bigblueboy

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    Drain the fuel and change the oil at the end of the season. Empty the bowl and a cap full of oil down the spark plug hole and turn it over a few turns. Put the plug back in and cover it up for next season. All is good so far.
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  13. Huzband

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    Marvel Mystery oil. :nod
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    And..... another oil thread :fpalm
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  16. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better Supporter

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    +1 on check generators. After Irma we were out of power and therefore cable and internet for 10 days. My generator got to where I had to put about 1/4 choke on to get smooth running and full power. After the storm I cleaned the carb and restored good generator power. And added a TV antenna in the attic to get the main Orlando stations plus about 50 others over the air. A second antenna has been tested and is going up in the master bedroom so each main TV has its own. I spent too much of my life depending on radars and when I lost TV coverage of the last storm when gusts were approaching 90+ mph I was distraught to say the least.
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  17. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv Long timer

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    Being prepared now means you can sit back, relax and watch the panicked morons commit their usual mayhem.
    You know, peeps in line for plywood, gas, water and food, chit they should have already.....:deal
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  18. Buzztail

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    Found my stash of the OE high quality fuel line I used to redo all the airhead stuff. I’ll be swapping that over along with a fresh filter. There is no telling how many hours are on my little Powermate 5000 but I’ve never had to pull it twice. It gets full synth, premium fuel with stabilizer, and run dry each time it starts.
    One year I poured a bunch of permethrin in the tank too so I did double duty as a fogger :lol3
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  19. Flashdog

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    I'm getting an LP gen for the whole house. Heck, I've got a 250 gallon LP tank that is only used for the fireplace insert.
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    I’ve got a 15kw Lp whole house set up. 250g won’t last long unless you scrimp on the genny load.
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