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You know how it goes. You prep, you prepare, you're a boy scout except for the badges.

Well, the storm took out our power all night. No big deal, I'll get up early crank up the ol emergency generator. Ah, no. For all my prep, some seal somewhere has dried out and it now leaks gas faster than I can pour it in.

I guess I'll need to refresh my prepper badge!





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Posts: 6070 | Location: Atlanta | Registered: April 23, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Where is it leaking? Around the carb, around the tank fitting, in between or all of the above? Ethanol gas? Stored with gas in it?

If not a late model (last 5-10 years) set up for ethanol, the gas will rot the rubber seals/gaskets/hose.

Ethanol seems to gum up faster and can cause stuck floats in the carb which will cause overflow/leaks there.

Two solutions for fuel storage: The best is non-ethanol gas. The other is a gas treatment formulated for ethanol.

Also, when shutting down, turn the fuel off at the tank and let the carb run dry. Disconnect the load first, obviously.




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Posts: 12875 | Location: Downeast Maine | Registered: March 10, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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That sucks. Always good to run them at the beginning of hurricane season, and also at least once a month with a load on them.
 
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Its leaking from a couple different places but definitely around the carb.

I have to take it all apart to see exactly where.

It was stored dry - no fuel.

Yes, I've been lax on my annual prep. It's my fault.

Good news was I got an out of box 5k watt craftsman for 550 at lowes.





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Stuck bowl float?


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I had stored my trusty portable generator without gasoline so at the start of hurricane season I did the annual oil change, put gas w/ stabilizer in it, and it started first pull.

I've been meaning to sell it since I had a Kohler installed so I texted my buddy and offered him a smoking deal on my whole kit (generator, dozen 5 gallon cans, 30-amp 40 foot cable, spare parts, etc). I have a truck and he doesn't so I agreed to deliver it the next day.

The next morning I go in the garage and smell gasoline. There is a puddle under the carb so I grab my stash of fuel line and install a new section of fuel line. Now, it's leaking worse than before. My wiggling the fuel line into place cracked the plastic valve coming out of the tank. My buddy said bring it over any way and he'll install the new valve (I purchased and had shipped to his house). When the part arrived, he went to install it and it turns out the gasket between the valve and the tank was bad too.

I guess the moral of the story is be careful when changing out fuel lines, and it's a good idea to have the plastic tank valve and gasket on hand too.



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In the $500 price range just replace the generator with a new one every 5 years. Sell the old one for $400. No maintenance issues , fresh carburetors , no leaks, no issues. I’m also of the 2 is 1, 1 is none camp. You can get a Champion 2000 watt inverter for backup for $429. Runs all day for pennies too. Good to have when loads are less. My 2000 watt inverter will run a fridge, stand-alone freezer, and window AC unit at the same time and all day long too...


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Posts: 5830 | Location: Floriduh | Registered: October 16, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hope you get things workable.

As an aside, I got away from storing things ‘dry’, out of fuel. One usually never gets ALL the gas out, residual is left to dry up.

For occasional use engines I use the non-ethanol fuel, helps with leaks & plastic decay.

Ideally I like to have 100LL aviation fuel run into the carb for storage. That’s all coming up this time of year as I make my last mows.
 
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