Serious Mistake Not to Make with Your Emergency Generator

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Emergency Generator Mistake InfographicIf you are a prepper, there’s a very high likelihood that you own one or more emergency generators. It’s also highly likely that you don’t use them very often because in most cases, preppers simply keep them for emergency purposes.

My family actually lived off the grid for over eight years and our only source of electricity came from our generators so we learned a very valuable lesson that I’d like to share with you all today that could save you a lot of grief when it really counts.

Most emergency generators are equipped with a pull cord to start them. Sure, some higher-end models may have an electric starter but in most cases, they’ll just have a pull cord like the types that are found on your lawnmower or snowblower.

The mistake that you should avoid making at all costs is putting unnecessary strain on the pull cord. Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about. We’ve owned a couple Honda EU2000i generators and since we used them every day for our power needs, the pull cords took a lot of unnecessary wear and tear. One day, we went out to start the generator and to our surprise the cord broke off on the very first pull. Upon closer inspection, my husband soon realized that the reason the pull cord broke was that when we were starting the generator, we were pulling up at an angle which caused the pull cord to rub against the hole in the plastic generator housing. This resulted in the cord slowly being frayed until it got to the point that it eventually broke.

When it comes to an emergency generator, it’s important that it starts right away when you need it to the most. With this in mind, I suggest that you take a very close look at the way your generator is built. Pull the cord the way you normally do and pay special attention to whether or not the cord is rubbing against something when you pull on it. If it is, I suggest that you make an adjustment to the way you start your generator so that you avoid this unnecessary friction on the pull cord. This will save a lot of wear and tear on the cord which should result in it lasting much longer.

This next tip is something that I highly suggest doing and that is learning how to replace your generator’s pull cord in the unfortunate event that it should break. After all, what good is owning an emergency generator if you can’t start it? Keep a spare cord on hand along with the necessary tools to replace it. Hopefully, if you follow the tips that I provided in this article, you’ll never have to replace your pull cord but if you do, you’ll be glad that you took the time to learn how to replace it when you did.

Make Sure You Read the Comments at the Bottom of This Article

Some people who have read this article have left a few helpful tips in the comment section at the bottom of this page. Be sure to take a second and read the comments. There are some great tips in them!

Wait, Don’t Go Just Yet!

While we’re on the subject of emergency generators, I suggest you take a minute and read my article called Don’t Forget These Crucial Things About Emergency Generators. It’s full of some great tips that will help you maintain your generator so that it’ll be more likely to work when you actually need it to.

3 Responses to “Serious Mistake Not to Make with Your Emergency Generator”

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  1. Steve Moriarty says:

    Good tip!
    It is also wise run your unit periodically to make sure that it will in fact run and charge.
    I had to learn this the hard way….

    • Patty Hahne says:

      I absolutely agree Steve.

  2. armed grandpappy says:

    Periodic maintenance is also essential. Even if you do not run it. Water will gather in the crankcase and the oil will turn to foam. Me? I use it whenever I have to use the welder just to give it some exercise!

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