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  1. #1
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    Default Need ideas for moving a generator

    I was presented with a dilemma recently.
    Whenever the power goes out, a 130lb generator needs to be moved across a stone driveway and up 6' feet of stairs onto a back porch when it's put into service.

    The owner does not want to purchase one of the expensive wheel kits for it.
    Those wheels are small and would make it difficult to roll across the driveway.

    Ideas we had were:
    Some kind of modified hand truck with big tires and a retaining strap.
    Two boards placed on the steps to act as ramps with the hand truck.
    A homemade dolly with larger tires that would roll over anything.

    Any suggestions for him on how to do this?

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    Leave the generator where it is, (or put it just outside the structure its in), and use a heavy gauge extension cord (rated to carry the amps being used) instead of schlepping the generator up stairs.

    If you insist on using a hand truck, forget the boards on the stairs and use a handtruck with stair climbing belts or rails. Similar to this:

    Image linked from http://www.wescomfg.com/html/hand_tr...ir_climber.htm
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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    Give it runners and drag it. It's real old school but will work.

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    I would consider building a cover for it which would double as a table on the deck....
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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    Thanks.
    It cannot be used from its storage location.
    For long term storage its being kept indoors when not in use to keep it in good condition.
    When you pay for a Honda inverter genset you want to take care of it.

    That hand truck just might work.
    An appliance hand truck had been looked at but the wheels were small.

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    Hi All.

    Does the generator actually have to be moved to the porch??? Why not run an extension cord from the generator to the house. (Note: be sure to move the generator outside so that the exhaust does not kill somebody.)

    If you are running a light load like a tv or computer a contractor's extension cord (#12 wire) should be good enough.

    If you are using most of the output of the generator (5000W??) I would use #6 or larger wire depending on the distance. Find a buddy locally that has some electrical knowelege to size out the wire.

    I have a camp off-the-grid I run 1000W thru 150 feet of #12 wire without a problem.

    Have a good day.

    William

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    Thanks for the input but the generator must be placed on the porch.

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    I would go with an appliance dolly that has the belts like Radar Sidetrack mentioned.

    The correct solution of course is to the relocate the generator closer to the house and wire it to a transfer switch so that when the power goes out all you have to do is start it. I have a Honda 3000is and they're so quiet you can't hear them running through a closed window.
    Nobody ruins my day without my permission, and I refuse to grant it...

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    The easy way is to buy a six pack and get a friend to help carry it up the stairs

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    HTC, thats funny but when an ice storm hits, some of those friends just arent committed enough to beer to venture out for a 6 pack. LOL

    We have a small Yamaha 1000k inverter to run our pellet stove when the power goes out.
    If we ever have the chance to get a new home, we are putting in a transfer switch for a larger generator.

    And if you have money, there are numerous correct solutions.
    But this is what he has to work with.
    His needs to run two refrigerators and a few other small items as needed.
    A transfer switch in that situation is more of an expensive convenience than a need.
    Getting back to the topic, with the appliance dolly he will have to figure out some kind of base to extend under it because normally those aren't too long.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    I still like the beer system

    But do not understatement what can be done with couple boards bolted to the bottom of the generator and then use pipe rollers to roll it around. With a come-along( cable ratchet hoist) it can be pulled up the stairs. It should not take much for a small generator now once you get over 400 or 500 pounds then that is different.

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    I have a 150lb anvil that I lift and move around and the generator is lighter than that but... I'd rather not carry it up the steps. LOL

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    Harbor freight electric winch, tie downs to structure!
    Mount the winch to the generator. Fire up the generator, run out the cable and make it move itself. The more pulleys the longer it will take with less winch. Going up is easy, down may be a bit tricky.
    “Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    The guy who delivers water to the church office uses this:


    Nobody ruins my day without my permission, and I refuse to grant it...

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    If nothing else works, this will get it moved.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=BFTj0hM3DHM
    Regards, Barry

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