Costco’s generator offering for 2017

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Here is what the Costco in Lynnwood is offering.  It is a Dual Fuel, which means you can run it with Propane, which is an outstanding option, especially if you are a barbecuer and you have several propane bottles available.

It also has the 30 amp plug needed to feed our recommended Generator Bypass Switch setup.

A good place to purchase an interlock kit

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Home Depot has the Interlock kits for the newer Square D panels, as does Amazon, (that is for the 200 amp indoor panels).

However, not everyone has those panels.  Go figure.

So, if you don’t have a Square D panel, go here:, I have used them and they are good.

Of course, contact us if you want someone to take care of all this for you.

We are pretty good!

Generator Interlock good company

Good Generator Interlock Company

Propane Generators are a good idea

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Recently Instapundit talked about a propane generator his sister used: Propane Generator worth looking at

PS: I love those animated gifs

Another option for a good inverter generator

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

This Generac iQ2000 Gas Powered Portable Inverter

is getting good reviews at Amazon and Popular Mechanics
Generator review on Popular Mechanics

I would like to see a comparison of this generator v the Honda EU2000I 2000 Watt Super Quiet Inverter Generator

Another Generator interlock kit installation

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Generator interlock kit

Changing out an old Westinghouse panel to a new square d home line 60 space panel.  Because these days, you can never have enough spaces

Some recommended Generators and parts

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Here are some basic recommended parts.  You can click the links and buy them on Amazon, or try Home Depot.  The prices are usually the same.  Check with the part number on before you go.  Usually the interlock kits are hard to find there.

Generator Interlock Kits:

If you have a Square D homeline panel: Model # HOMCGK2C

Simple and effective

Square D Generator Interlock Kit

This simple kits is mounted on your electrical panel cover and allows you to safe

An inlet box allows you to safely plug a cord in reversed

An inlet box allows you to safely plug a cord in reversed

ly feed your generator power to you house.

To plug it in you need a power inlet plug, this one works great: 30 Amp reliance power inlet box

The of course a generator is needed.




Highly recommended:

Best choice generator

Best choice generator



Honda EU2000I 2000 Watt Super Quiet Inverter Generator

The beautiful thing about this generator is, it will use about a gallon of gas a day.  That is not much.  Also, it is quiet.  If you want power but don’t want to be kept awake, or don’t want to disturb the neighbors, or draw attention to your cozy home, this is

Special Honda cords

Special Honda cords

the choice.  It is low wattage, but very efficient.  It produces the full 2000 Watts while some other that claim to don’t.  If you need more wattage, the beauty of this product is you buy another and use one of these cord sets to double your power.


Generac GP5500

Generac GP6500

Generac GP7500

It just depends on your house and how much load you have.

As a reminder, you need to calculate how much power you will be using regularly when choosing the generator that is best for you.  However, with the generator interlock kit, you do have flexibility to move things around.

Also, with most of these solutions some items would usually not be usable at your home, for instance, large HVAC systems if they were not gas, large ovens or clothes dryers.  However, even then there are workarounds.

Next I will write a ‘How to” use all these parts together.

Good idea

This post was turned into a page Generators and Parts


Another reason to have a backup power plan

Thursday, January 7th, 2016
Snow and Powerlines go together like peanut butter and sardines

Snow and Powerlines go together like peanut butter and sardines

Some of us love snow days, we get to hang at home, its almost like a vacation.  Sometimes however, snow days are accompanied by power outages.  Imagine sitting at home on a snow day, without power.  It maybe fine for a few hours, or a day but after that, we want some power.  That is the appeal of the generator.  Backup power on demand.

Unfortunately, today, there are more potential causes of power outages than just weather.

Notice this report from AP: AP Investigation: US power grid vulnerable to foreign hacks

Hackers may be able to take down the grid, doh!

Also this from ABC news.  They report the electrical grid may be vulnerable to terrorists.

Then the latest Feds: Cyber-Attack On Ukraine Proves US Power Grid Is Vulnerable

Do we think this will happen, probably not, but there are a lot of reasons to be prepared.

Once again, we recommend you have a back up generator and a means of plugging it into your house.  Running extension cords is not safe.

See our backup power page on how to avoid extension cords.

Also our Generators and Parts page for recommended items.

Or, even easier, give us a call

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