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Old 08-08-2018, 02:20 PM
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, except the engineer who put the oil drain where he did needs to be beaten.

My dad always said back when he was turning wrenches that engineers should have to put in a year or two in the repair shops before they got to their desk job.



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Old 08-08-2018, 03:22 PM
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That is just too damn funny!!!
The system is cool. The drain has a petcock on it, turn to drain, and is the lowest point on the engine. Except the hose has to go uphill to clear fasteners and other structure, and if mine was actually mounted on the ground instead of a raised platform (only slightly) wtf do you drain it into? even as is, I had to end up draining onto a cookie sheet. smdh.
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:10 PM
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The local county government here doesn't tell us anything. We tell them. There is no zoning, no inspections and none of the other BS I hear about. I can't believe they have been allowed to get into anyone's business in that detail. This is a very rural county ( pop 6000) and it contains a lot of very independent people who do not like being told what to do. Especially on their own land.
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Old 08-08-2018, 09:07 PM
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Propane.
I would never have a backup propane generator.
down here if we get a hurricane the propane trucks may not run,and the stores may not pump propane.
But with diesel i can steal it from somewhere,or run down town with a bucket and get some.
my bus has 300 gals of diesel and my jeep and pickup are both diesel.

Plus,diesel has more BTUs.
I have never been too impressed with Generacs either.
But,its not my house your powering up.

My Powertech diesel is in Co. for a few more days,i bought a wreck wanderlodge and its at a friends house in NE Co.
You can pick it up or i can ship,but next week i'm shipping it to Ga.
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The system is cool. The drain has a petcock on it, turn to drain, and is the lowest point on the engine. Except the hose has to go uphill to clear fasteners and other structure, and if mine was actually mounted on the ground instead of a raised platform (only slightly) wtf do you drain it into? even as is, I had to end up draining onto a cookie sheet. smdh.
Could you suck the oil out of the dipstick?
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Old 08-09-2018, 12:19 PM
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Could you suck the oil out of the dipstick?
If he could I can think of lots of other jobs he could get that wouldn't require messing with generators...
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:22 PM
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If he could I can think of lots of other jobs he could get that wouldn't require messing with generators...
I think I'd prefer the taste of used motor oil.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:53 PM
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There is a tool for doing just that a p;ump and suction hose that fits down the dip stick tube. It is often needed on smaller boats with Inboards.
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:37 PM
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There is a tool for doing just that a p;ump and suction hose that fits down the dip stick tube. It is often needed on smaller boats with Inboards.
They have one at HF and AutoZone both are the same maker China but AZ wants a 100 bucks more for theirs HF was when I looked at them for 88 bucks syphons and holds 2 or 2-1/2 gallons of fluid
I use the one they sell for flushing the brake lines for small engines has a 1 quart cup and uses air to syphon quick and easy I think it cost me 9 or 10 bucks a year ago not sure what they want now for it but would think its no more than 15 bucks now but there was one that had a hand pump evacuator like the big one but never looked at price cause I wanted air operated...
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Old 08-09-2018, 03:56 PM
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Propane’s advantage for long term storage is it stays clean.
Nor special treatment needed.
Its disadvantage is it is a high-pressure gas when stored.
This can make some people nervous about its nearby storage in large amounts.

Diesel’s advantage is it is a liquid at normal temps.
No special tanks or pressure regulators.
Its disadvantage is it needs special treatment to stay clean and stable for long term storage.
Diesel is more commonly used and more people are comfortable with it.
Because diesel is not pressurized some people feel it is safer to store than propane.

I do not favor piped natural gas for an emergency fuel because one of the first things firs responders do is turn off the gas lines.
They, rightly, fear them feeding fires.
I favor a personally controlled, nearby, on site, storage solution.
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