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Generac Power Systems manufactures power generation products and power washers.
Generac Power Systems manufactures power generation products and power washers.

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Inspecting and servicing your generator’s battery is a vital part of providing maintenance to your unit. Without battery power, your home standby generator will be unable to achieve optimal performance. Follow these guidelines ensure proper safety while maintaining your generator battery.

Satefy Tips - What to Wear and What Tools to Use

Follow these cautionary guidelines to avoid electrocution and potential injury:
1. Wear rubber gloves and boots to insulate your body to avoid electrocution
2. Wear full eye protection and protective clothing to avoid harmful electrolyte splashes
3. Avoid wearing jewelry—it conducts electricity and can get caught on equipment
4. Use tools with insulated handles to avoid electrocution
5. Consider the use of a Cold Weather Kit to increase the longevity of your battery and unit.
Cold weather kits available at: http://fal.cn/KaH6+
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Neuro Restorative owns an eight unit apartment that is part of a clinic specialized in treating and rehabilitating brain injuries from trauma, such as auto accidents, sports, and military. They house long term care patient and require critical power applications. The apartments are located on the same site as the clinic so if immediate care is needed they are addressed quickly.

When there were power outages to the area in the past, Neuro Restorative had to find off-site housing for the patients - usually in a hotel - which caused a very difficult transition for some of the residents. Therefore, a Generac generator that could backup the apartments would keep patients at their home-site.

Installing an automatic generator with a whole house transfer switch would be ideal. However, the design of the existing main disconnect/meter bank equipment will not allow for a single transfer switch. A single transfer switch would cause the generator's produced power to run through the utility company meters. The utility company would not allow for this to happen. So, Generators Plus company had to get creative and install a separate transfer switch for each unit.

"Having never tackled a project like this before, I reached out to other electrical contractors, Generac, to inspectors, and an architect to see if any of them have run across this situation in the past," said Dave, owner of Generators Plus. "None of them had. So, I engineered this project myself. I contacted the inspection department which lead to creating a stamped drawing from an architect. It had to show how I was going to execute the project with all calculations, wire sizes and conduit sizes submitted for review before issuing a permit."

"After spending many hours engineering this project, I took my rough sketch of the layout and all calculations to the architect, and he produced the drawings needed for the inspection department. I submitted the stamped drawings, and they were approved without any corrections," Dave explained proudly. "The permit was issued."

"The second biggest challenge (after the design) was the weather. By the time I got started on site, it was freezing temperatures. I tried digging the trenches for the gas line and the electrical conduits before the hard freeze and managed to get about 90% done. Then when I had to finish digging I put down a thaw box to lift the frost out of the ground. It was quite the mess of mud we had to work in," Dave reminisced. "We even ran into some road blocks when installing the gas line from the meter to the generator in this weather."

"I give my crews a lot of credit for doing such a good job in such freezing conditions," boasts Dave. "None of them quit!"

Since the generator was installed the area has lost power four times. Much thanks to Dave and his crew, Neuro Restorative was able to resume life as normal due to the Generac generators that were installed. Thank you Generators Plus for your hard work, dedication, and for going well-above the call of duty! 
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The iQ2000 portable generator lets you bring AC power wherever you go — from tailgating parties to recreational outings — it has power for everyone.

The ultra-lightweight design is specifically engineered for easy portability, and the use of inverter technology creates quiet, clean power. Start, run and stop functions within one simple-to-use PowerDial™. While the LED display panel shows you how much power you have remaining. 

Named quietest in its class, the Generac iQ2000 makes outdoor fun with power more convenient than ever before.

What could you power with an iQ2000?
~Radio~Cell Phone Charger~Blender~Coffee Maker~TV~Electric Grill~Space Heater~Air Pump~Electric Trimmer~and more...Image the possibilities! Find one, today: http://fal.cn/Kaoz+
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Winter weather is no joke! Especially, when it leaves you with no place to go. Make a plan and be prepared BEFORE winter storms hit. Here are a few tips on how to keep warm during power outages due to high winds, ice, and excessive snow:

Heating Checklist:
* Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats
* Fireplace with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log fireplace
-Remember: some gas fireplaces require electricity for fan exhaust to run
* Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters
-Remember: smart safety tips below when using an electric space heater
-Check w/ local fire department that kerosene heaters are legal to use
* Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector batteries
* Check working order of battery-powered flashlights, lanterns and phones
* Have a week's worth of food and safety supplies
* Keep slow continuous drip of all water taps to mitigate freezing pipes
* Have added heat sources for pets and young children
* Know emergency contacts and check on elderly neighbors

Also consider cutting out some of the worry by looking into supplemental electricity sources, like portable generator power or whole house back-up power. Download this FREE Guide to learn more:
http://www.generac.com/buyers-guide?cid=socialmedia-resi-google+-bguide



Please note - SMART SAFETY TIPS:
Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches
*Turning on the stove for heat is NOT SAFE;
*Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
*Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
*Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.

When working with portable generator equipment:
*Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
*Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet.
*Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite.

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The iQ2000 is the perfect tailgating companion. It's smart LED display will tell you the remaining runtime, fuel level, and available watts. Best of all, it's SUPER quiet! Pick up one today for your next tailgate. Click here to learn where to buy: http://fal.cn/B7FS

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Knock out power outages with a Generac automatic home backup generator. Enter our sweepstakes today for a chance to win a $500 rebate toward the purchase of a backup generator. Click here for details! http://www.generac.com/national-preparedness-2015-contest?cid=socialmedia-resi
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Need more information about backup power solutions? Explore your options today. Click here to learn more: http://fal.cn/BvL1

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This is the 4th week in #NatlPrep Month, and the focus is on power outages. Let's start the week off with a little trivia. When was the largest power outage in U.S. history and how many people did it impact? Answer by 3 p.m. CST for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card! 
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Hurricane Prep Tip: Gather supplies before the storm hits so you don't have to travel on roads that could be flooded. Generac has put together a shopping list to help you prepare for hurricanes. Many of the food items listed below can be eaten without the use of an electric stove, oven, or other appliances: http://fal.cn/Bl5z
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Don't have a backup power system yet? Schedule a FREE in-home assessment today to learn more about your backup power options, and be automatically entered to win a $500 rebate good toward your purchase of an automatic backup power system. Click here for details: http://fal.cn/B3I5
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