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Harbor Freight - 4000 Peak/3200 Running Watts, 6.5 HP (212cc) Gas Generator - $278.99 after coupon. In-store pickup

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For those who missed out on the Duromax/Durostar deal and want a generator now, Harbor Freight is selling the 4000 Peak/3200 Running Watts, 6.5 HP (212cc) Generator for $278.99 after using coupon code 15463775 either at checkout in the store or online. If purchasing online, shipping will be $21.94 so it's recommended to purchase in the store if you have a location near by.

Link: http://www.harborfreight.com/4000...D%3D%0D%0A

If you need the wheel kit: http://www.harborfreight.com/8-in...61486.html

Or you can just use one of their $12.99 30x19 wooden dollies.




Features of this generator:

212cc,6.5 HP air-cooled OHV gas engine
10 hours run-time @ 50% capacity
Low oil indicator / low oil shutdown
Heavy duty 1 in. steel roll cage
UL listed circuit breakers
(2) 120V , 20A duplex outlets, 3 prong, (1) 240V, 30A twist lock outlet, 4 prong, (1) 12V DC outlet
Recoil start
Overweight Item subject to 14.95 additional Freight Charge.
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Created 06-27-2016 at 06:44 PM by Medic311
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Step 1: Find an interlock kit that's compatible with your panel. Chances are the model in HD/Lowe's will not fit your box without a lot of modification. Here is where I bought mine: http://www.interlockkit.com/. Mine was $150. Don't get the $69 ones floating around the internet unless it has been independently tested and certified. I know it seems like a bunch of BS to pay that for (2) sliding metal plates you could make yourself for under $10 and a few hours of your time - it is what it is. All about mitigating liability

Step 2: Buy generator inlet: http://www.amazon.com/Reliance-Controls-PB30-Generator-Generators/dp/B000BQT47S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&q... [amazon.com]. )

Step 3: Buy L14-30 generator cord if you want to run 240V (10/4 wire): http://www.amazon.com/Conntek-20601-Transfer-Generator-Extension/dp/B003I17EGQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qi... [amazon.com]. You can buy different lengths, I use a 50 ft cord but some may prefer to save money and get a 25 ft cord. If you want to use a 20% off coupon, you can buy the $39.99 Predator one from Harbor Freight for $32: http://www.harborfreight.com/25-ft-x-10-gauge-generator-duty-twist-lock-extension-cord-62308.html?ut... [harborfreight.com]

Step 4: Go to HD/Lowe's and tell them what you are doing and they will assist you in getting flexible and rigid conduit if needed, romex, 30 amp double pole (240V) breaker for generator inlet that will fit your electrical box, etc. They can even help you get the right masonry drill bit if you are drilling into concrete/brick/stone and any necessary wall anchors if you don't have them

Step 5: Either do it yourself per the Youtube videos or pay an electrician. You are providing all materials so he should only be charging you a labor rate. This job should not take longer than 2 hours. If you are running across long distances or through thick masonry...ok add an hour. You should not have to pay more than 2-3 labor hrs for this job. If you want to save money, you can do all of the labor intensive work of mounting the inlet, running the conduit, and running the romex...then all he has to do is make the final connection to your box. Figure he'll charge you (1) labor hour to make the final box connection
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Great guide. For final installation, I'd definitely recommend getting an electrician to install it, and keep the paperwork. A lot of electrical can be done by yourself if you do your research and you're careful with a good dose of respect for electricity. Often you're qualified by law to do your own work in your house, but having an electrician (who often has insurance on every job they do, depending on the state) do the final install means you put an extra layer of legal protection should anything ever go wrong (like your house burning down where insurance would look for an excuse to deny your claim). Definitely do the hard setup work if you have time and you'll save yourself some cash.

I live in California, so the local AHJ wants you to pull a permit for scratching your backside pretty much, but that's how it's done if you want to avoid legal liability these days.
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can you say LOUD?
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can you say LOUD?
Def, it's why I only have inverters. This is just as loud as the Duromax / Durostar ones...in other words, loud as shit lol
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I gotta give props to OP for posting the lengthy DIY instructions. Thanks.
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How loud? In terms of dB. I'm comparing to the 74db of the champion. It's that how loud it is constantly, or does it depend on the load?
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How do you use the coupon code if you are buying it in store?
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