Generator Delivery

 Posted by at 1:09 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 172024
 

I was up and out of bed a little after 6:30 yesterday morning, believe it or not. If it would have been a normal morning, I would have peed and gone back to sleep. But this wasn’t a normal morning, because this was the day our Generac 24 KW whole house generator was being delivered. So instead, I brushed my face and washed my teeth and went out on the back deck to greet the morning. Yeah, it’s pretty, but you know what else is pretty at that time of the morning? The inside of my eyelids.

Before long the installation crew started arriving in several trucks from several different directions.

Ben Williams from Absolute Power Solutions backed a cargo trailer up alongside of our garage and they rolled the generator out. Once it was off the trailer, they leveled the area where it was going to sit and put down a preformed pad, then put the generator in place at the end of our old deck behind the garage.

Then the electricians went to work, first disconnecting power to the house before they removed the old breaker box and installed a new one that includes an automatic transfer switch. The generator and transfer switch are designed to kick on within a few seconds of us losing power and will then run until power is restored, when the transfer switch turns off the generator to let regular power run. It is set up so that power from the generator cannot go into the lines and possibly electrocute a lineman from the power company working on lines somewhere after a storm causes an outage.

While they were doing that, a subcontractor showed up with a trencher to dig the trenches to bury the gas line that will feed the generator. The self-propelled trencher was an awesome piece of equipment that dug through our heavy clay soil with ease.

The trench starts behind a utility shed in the backyard and goes across the yard to where the generator is, with a T along the way for a secondary trench that runs alongside the house for a connection to our gas line for our stove. This will eliminate us having to use the small propane tanks we have been doing up until now.

A heavy-duty polypropylene type line designed for gas was laid in the trenches and stubbed up to pipes coming out of the ground. When the propane tank is set, which won’t be until the 26th, everything will be connected and we will be ready to go.

This is what the generator looks like with the front cover and lid open, and here it is all closed up.

It sounds like it was a good day and everything went according to plan, doesn’t it? However, as they always say in those late night TV commercials, but wait, there’s more!

In a blog a couple of weeks ago, I said that a mechanic friend who once told me that every thirty-minute job is just one stuck bolt away from a three-day ordeal. In our case, it wasn’t a stuck bolt, but toward the end of the installation there was a mishap that is definitely going to turn into a three-day ordeal. A very expensive three-day ordeal! But I’ll tell you all about that in tomorrow’s blog.

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

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Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “Generator Delivery”

  1. You are going to love having that generator! Living in the Southern California mountains where the power is out from time to time in the winter, I have had a 13,000kw Generac full house generator for about 15 years now. Such a good feeling to know that within 15 seconds of the outage that the generator will kick in. It is connected through our natural gas line. I have it serviced every fall with an oil change and battery life check. Very dependable and you won’t regret your decision.

  2. I think that is called the hook-come back tomorrow for the rest of the story!
    😜

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