Auto Starting Portable Generator??
My wife and I just bought our house almost two years ago and Irene just flooded our finished basement. I was able to borrow a generator and minimize the damage to just a soaked carpet. (I am an idiot for not forseeing this happening... well actually, i did see it coming while sitting on the couch listening to both the sump and sewage pumps turning on every 2 mins and the light bulb finally appeared over my head. We lost power as I was loading the generator up 20 mins from home.)
Anyway, I am trying to set up a more permanent standby generator on a budget and would love to have it automatically start when the power goes out. The nice standby generators are out of my budget and I have come across some large portable models (~7k watts) for decent prices (I believe I would need an automatic transfer switch, but they seem nearly as expensive as the generator! Has anyone else tried to do something similar on a budget?
Thanks in advance for any help!