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[QUOTE="poconojoe, post: 454508, member: 1822"] I also use a portable generator. A warning: if you connect a portable generator to your home wiring, it has to be done correctly or you can back feed power into the utility company's wiring. That's a very bad scenario for more than one reason. I have a 6 circuit manual transfer switch next to my circuit breaker panel. Outside is a large weatherproof box with a 40 amp female outlet which feeds the manual transfer switch. If the power goes out, I roll my generator to the side of the house and plug it into that big outlet. I start the generator, go inside and flip the six circuits over to "generator ". My mother-in-law has a Generac standby generator that runs on propane. Those Generacs are common and are supposed to be the number one brand. My experience with that one has not been good. Early on, the main board went bad. Luckily it was still under warranty. Then the battery wasn't charging. The charging circuit wasn't working. We had to add an external charger. The other problem is that it's real difficult finding someone who will actually come out to service it. If I were in the market for a standby generator, I'm not sure I would buy a Generac. At the very least, I would pay for an extended warranty, and I'm not usually a warranty guy. [/QUOTE]