If you’re in a situation where power is not available, this blog post will show you how to install a generator. I’ll be going over the basics of what’s needed and the process of installation.
The most important thing for installing a generator is to have all your materials available before beginning so that they can be prepared beforehand without having any downtime during the project. You’ll need some basic tools including an adjustable wrench, screwdriver set, socket set, drill with various bits, number 3 Phillips head bit and safety glasses or goggles. Familiarise yourself with your manual-it should tell you everything from electrical requirements to the necessary fuel type and size for your setup. For more information on specific models of generators check out our website.
How A Generator Can Help You
Generators really are a versatile piece of equipment, able to be used as a source of backup power, provide reliable power for a remote location or can allow you to run your home totally on the grid. The use cases for modern generators are almost endless.
What To Consider Before Arranging A Generator
If you have come to the conclusion that a generator is a solution for you there are some important things you need to consider. Most importantly is going to be how much power output you will need, This will entirely depend on what your use case is. Modern lighting and household appliances are fairly energy efficient and so do not require much power, however, if you are planning on using your generator to power industrial fridges and high power musical equipment these can easily overpower a small generator. For this reason, we would recommend discussing your use case with an experienced engineer. That way you can use your generator with peace of mind and it can supply the power you need.
How to prepare for your Generator
Preparation is key when it comes to installing your generator depending on the use case. Generators can be surprisingly large. In addition, there will be little use for a generator that can only supply power to half of your equipment due to obstacles to the cabling. This is another situation where experience can be a real asset.
Do you have enough space?
One important thing to consider when planning for your generator is whether you have allocated surfactant space for the installation. Depending on the size of your generator you could need a surprising amount of space for the generator itself, and this is before you take into consideration clearances for safety and general operation. It is also worth noting that generators must be placed on stable level ground, this may determine where you can locate your generator. It is commonly recommended that concrete slabs are placed down to ensure the generator is stable during operation.
Where will the power be going
Another important consideration is the space needed to route the cabling to provide the power to where it is needed. Whether you need power in one locale or many it is well worth having this planned out before installation begins to ensure the quick and simple installation of your generator. You should also give thought to the safety of these cables as they could become a trip hazard. Will they be wall mounted? Are you able to suspend the cabling to keep them clear of day to day operations? All these are things you should take into account before the arrival of your generator.
Will it be a safety hazard?
Health and safety is a large part of modern life and as generators are large pieces of electrical equipment, special attention must be paid. Important things to consider are the storage and use of the fuel for the generator If you will be overloading the generator or the cabling and if you have adequate ventilation for the exhaust. This is not a complete list of the safety considerations but a starting point for the most important.
Things to consider while using your generator
While your generator is in operation it is important to continuously monitor the status of the equipment. The most important thing to keep an eye on is the fuel level. Nobody wants to be halfway through an event or important stage in the construction and for the power to go out. You should also regularly check the overall condition of the generator using the control panel, any issues or potential problems will be noted here.
What do you do if something goes wrong
Generators are very sophisticated pieces of equipment and are generally exceptionally reliable. However, as with anything issues can happen and it is important that they are handled appropriately. Unless you are trained in how to work with generators it is important you do not try to fix the issue yourself. If you have hired the generator then you should contact the provider as a matter of urgency. If you own the generator but are not fully trained on the use and operation of your generator, then you should seek the advice of an experienced engineer.
When you are finished with your generator.
When it is time to shut down your generator, and if hired arrange for its collection. It is again important that you have full access to the control panel. It is best practice to ensure that all equipment powered by the generator is fully shut down and turned off to ensure you cause no damage to the equipment or the generator. At this point, you should leave the generator to trained staff only, for your safety and so no damage is done to the generator.
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