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What Have You Done to Your Onan Generator Today?


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Old 05-01-2015, 01:40:02 PM
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Good to see you posting JohnnyC!
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Old 05-01-2015, 02:13:43 PM
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Looking over my JB today. After 40+ years of being on line and not accumulating but maybe 4 hours operation every month
After that many years, I would not be surprised to find "some oily film", knowing the location of the points in relation to the oil filter. I would watch it, but not get too excited about it yet.
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:13:49 AM
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Johnny, The snow must have melted up north and you are allowed back outside. I have found that synthetic oil will leak where standard oil will not this is most common on vintage equiptment.
I ran my MDJB this week for almost an hour, brought it to operating temperature then shut it down and checked the oil ready for the next outage.

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Old 05-02-2015, 08:15:45 PM
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Pulled out the JC today to give room to clean the garage. Decided to run it. It hadn't run since the fall. I hooked up a gas grill bottle and it started right up. You have to love N/G and LP. I then decided to pull out the 4.0 CCK with dual fuel carb. I bought it last year around this time. I didn't take it out of the van until summer. Finally ran it on propane as well. I hadn't run it before. It ran great. $100.00 well spent. It also included a transfer switch. Once I had them out decided to clean the garage and sweep up the dead mouse carcasses. I believe there were six. No nests in the Onans the Decon got them first. Next will be the JBs and the 2 other ccks.
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Old 05-10-2015, 03:57:30 PM
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First off, this is not “exactly” an Onan project, but remember it is “Mama’s Day”.

Mama ask me well over a year ago to make her a support for a rather large climbing plant. With the RJC project & keeping up with manual requests at The Stak, I just could not make time for Mama's plant support. So today while I let the JC exercise, I stole an hour or 2 for mama.

She now has her own “Onan Plant”, I have not gotten it to produce electricity yet, but it seems to have made her happy, which will prevent “power surges” around the house when I come in tonight.
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when you get that to make electricity you'll have your million(s) dollar idea.. and can retire and open a onan and things museum...
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:32:02 PM
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Looks like bottom copper pipe goes into plant soil. Might want to encase it in a plastic pipe and glue the ends closed. Copper nails in a tree will kill it, mama will not be too happy if it does same here. They even sell copper sulfate to kill sewer tree roots.

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Old 05-10-2015, 05:37:16 PM
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Yesterday I got all the connections to install the pump and filter and hose and it's all set to go. Just need a temporary barbed hose connector to connect the pump to the fuel tank.
Still waiting on the AC Output Harness.
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Now back to the Onans.

After running the JC for a couple hours, I hit the start switch on the 30 SK, it has not run in over 30 days & the last few times I have started it, it seemed to stumble for 5 – 10 seconds before it would come up to speed.

Today it stumbled for at least 15 seconds before I shut it down. I suspected fuel (LP gas), so I checked the solenoid valve first, no problem. Next in line was the Impco demand regulator, I pulled it off & it seemed to be slow to open when sucking on the outlet side. Tore it apart & cleaned it up, also pulled the top off the Impco carb & wiped it out.

She fires right up now, running with 60 amp. load while I type. Maybe more frequent exercise in the future. The JC will get me by & provide light to work by if the SK were to fail when needed. If Kpac would come get the SK I would not have to worry about it.

Mama is off to the store to get taco fixins for my supper. She is a great little woman. I knew an Onan plant of here own would make her happy.
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Looks like bottom copper pipe goes into plant soil. Might want to encase it in a plastic pipe and glue the ends closed. Copper nails in a tree will kill it, mama will not be too happy if it does same here. They even sell copper sulfate to kill sewer tree roots.
Yep. We have a section of North-facing roof on our house. Moss tends to grow on it, and has to be occasionally sprayed with bleach or something to knock it back. BUT, the area on that roof that's directly beneath the chimney flashing (which is sheet copper) always stays moss-free. The rain water passing over the flashing must pick up enough copper to kill it.
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