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powerup
So far so good, weekly startups are taking place!  Wish I knew about that propane hairdryer before I bought a new small Honda portable generator!  LOL  It's not gonna go to waste though, needed it for the camper this year!  Good excuse to get it!    The major reason for the shed (at least 3 sides) is I am tired of clearing 3/4 feet of snow around the intake and exhaust all winter!!
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Skip Douglas SkipD
powerup wrote:
So far so good, weekly startups are taking place!  Wish I knew about that propane hairdryer before I bought a new small Honda portable generator!  LOL  It's not gonna go to waste though, needed it for the camper this year!  Good excuse to get it!    The major reason for the shed (at least 3 sides) is I am tired of clearing 3/4 feet of snow around the intake and exhaust all winter!!

Here's a photo of the baffle I designed and installed to keep snow out of my generator. The baffle is on the west side of the generator which is directly exposed to west winds which can be significant in driving rain or snow at the generator. There was a time when the entire battery compartment was packed with snow driven by a two-day blizzard. That got me to design and install the baffle.  The baffle has been in place for several years and I have never had another snow invasion.
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Skip Douglas
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Hodgy

Here's a photo of the baffle I designed and installed to keep snow out of my generator. The baffle is on the west side of the generator which is directly exposed to west winds which can be significant in driving rain or snow at the generator. There was a time when the entire battery compartment was packed with snow driven by a two-day blizzard. That got me to design and install the baffle.  The baffle has been in place for several years and I have never had another snow invasion.
Generator Air Baffle.jpg


Skip I have seen your photos of that before and it still stands out as a very clean solution to the problem. There was more than shade-tree mechanics that went into that design.

Wish Generac would acknowledge that most of us do not live in Florida . . . . . . .

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UPS
powerup wrote:
So far so good, weekly startups are taking place!  Wish I knew about that propane hairdryer before I bought a new small Honda portable generator!  LOL  It's not gonna go to waste though, needed it for the camper this year!  Good excuse to get it!    The major reason for the shed (at least 3 sides) is I am tired of clearing 3/4 feet of snow around the intake and exhaust all winter!!


Possibly using Hodgy's design (photo in a post above) with hardware "cloth" mesh added on 3 sides would work and be code acceptable.  Snow tends to be blocked by mesh, such as snow fencing.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Acorn-International-1-4-in-x-24-in-x-50-ft-23-Gauge-Hardware-Cloth-HC42450/300661419
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Hodgy
UPS wrote:


Possibly using Hodgy's design (photo in a post above) with hardware "cloth" mesh added on 3 sides would work and be code acceptable.  Snow tends to be blocked by mesh, such as snow fencing.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Acorn-International-1-4-in-x-24-in-x-50-ft-23-Gauge-Hardware-Cloth-HC42450/300661419



When it is done posted photos are mandatory . . . . . . . .


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powerup
Awesome!  Wish they would sell 'em somewhere!  I can't even cut a straight line
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UPS
Hodgy wrote:



When it is done posted photos are mandatory . . . . . . . .


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I'm not building it - just a possible suggestion.  I think it would work, though.  Mine is reasonably protected now, so I just have a square piece of plywood with a 1x3 at the top, inspired by Skip's much better design.  I just put it in place when there is blowing snow expected.
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powerup
-12 last night and another great startup this morning!  Think the new style regulator solved the NO start problem.  Now just gotta figure out how keep the 2/3 foot snowdrifts from covering not just the intakes but the whole generator!!??  Snow shovel for now, not too fun at 2am with raging winds and snow going sideways!  We got a snowy week coming, will post pics of the offending white stuff 😝!   A shed is looking better and better.........🙊
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Wireform
I think there needs to be some clarification here. The issue is mainly the intake into the generator. Yes it's good to keep it clear all around but nature is nature. Don't see why you would need to go out and clear around the complete generator at 2am. I was going to make the plastic shield some years back but time constraints won out. I had a 36x36" piece of plexiglass for the longest time I acquired in a garbage heap and put it to quick use. I have the older style generator, square type and that the door overhangs all around say an inch. So on the intake side I placed it from under the 1 inch lip on an angle to the ground and it works great. The snow slides right off and it's the full depth, front to back and yet some giving me lots of protection as far as rain, snow and sleet being ingested. The exhausts do thier own work of clearing and melting the snow if I haven't made it out yet. It must not be overlooked when creating sheds walls and would have yous that you don't want to recirculate any of the exhaust back in otherwise new issues will surely be knocking on your door. 
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powerup
-23 the other night and another great startup this morning!  Been rethinking a shed while remembering it would be a "warmer" shelter for skunks and racoons in the winter.  The plexiglass idea sounds like a good idea along with maybe some added rubber side flaps for the blowing snow.  Summer project?
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78buckshot
powerup, your generator is going to have a short life with the exhaust end blocked with the lumber and electric enclosure.
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UPS
78buckshot wrote:
powerup, your generator is going to have a short life with the exhaust end blocked with the lumber and electric enclosure.


Actually there could be an electrical code issue there - the box and contents are probably not listed for the temperatures it will reach in warmer weather.
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zen
Hi guys.I had to go check 2 red lights.The 1st was a liquid cool 20 some kw with an undervoltage code.
One of the brushes at the end of the rotor was frozen in its sleeve.This was after 3 feet of snow,minus 30C
and 3 days of winds 60-100 kmh.In other words a nice storm.I wonder if generac allow or sell some kind of lubricant 
to make them brushes slide more freely.
The 2nd one was a 20kw which was full jam pack of snow when i opened the cover.On manual you could ear like
a dragging starter.I made it turn by hand and it started so it seems like the solenoid was stuck frozen and came back 
after few trys since activating it heated the starter surrounding.Make sense?
I realized the starter was a pain in the ass to access.Wonder if generac will build that back panel in 2 parts.
Just sharing what I went up through maybe will help troubleshoot in that snow and cold weather.
Play safe .
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