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Minimum safe generator operating distance

Posted by anthonyg_ma z5 MA (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 25, 10 at 13:43

I'm finally getting off my butt and having a transfer switch installed so I can pick-up an emergency generator for the stormy winter months here in NewEngland. I can't take another multi-day event without power .. not only is it cold and dark when that happens, but we have a grinder pump in the basement, so I can't even answer nature's call during the outage! :-)
I want to have an external outlet installed as well, so I can simply plug-in and go. As a newbie though, I was wondering if there is a minimum 'safe distance' to position the generator away from the house, to prevent CO from entering for example? I don't have a garage, but with a walk-out basement that is far from being 'air tight', I'm a bit concerned.
Thank you in advance !


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RE: Minimum safe generator operating distance

  • Posted by canguy British Columbia (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 25, 10 at 15:48

The generator needs to be 3 feet from the house and 10 feet from any opening such as a window,doorway or air intake.


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RE: Minimum safe generator operating distance

Maybe making the exhaust pipe long enough to clear the ridge-line of the house. You could use plastic pipe for the upper part.


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