Skills and Gear for Self Reliance and Homesteading

Our Homestead Generator


ONE of the projects, and there are so many, was to get a backup source of power in place for this upcoming winter. With the installation of the new service to the garage, the idiots who put it in did not include a neutral conductor. I don’t know why people do this sort of thing, anyway this had to be complete before I could install the wiring for the generator.

Generator purchased in this video is the Ridgid RD8000. They retail for about $1,400.00 to $1,600.00 but I found Home Depot was clearing two of them off the store floor for 999.00. I picked on of them up along with 2-5 gal gas cans so that I could put treated fuel in them just for the generator power.

I also own and use the Honda EU2000 Generator, I love this unit because it’s very quiet and an inverter style which is great for electronics. Now it retails for more than I paid for the RD8000, but it has it’s place. I use this with my RV or when I need power at a remote spot on the homestead. But it could be used to run my Freezer, Refrigerator and some lights if I don’t need the larger unit. It is 120V and will not run the well or other high draw items. So I could run the larger genset once a day for the well and other large draw items and the smaller one for other items, your wiring would have to match the output of the generator since it is only 120V.

There are so many possibilities with power generation that each is a case by case plan.

I apologize for the wind noise, I am working on correcting this. If you have any questions or need advice on a genset, let me know and I would be glad to help. The genset we used here is larger or smaller than some need. Your particular situation and needs will more reflect the size genset needed along with other ideas for generating energy when needed.

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2 responses on “Our Homestead Generator

  1. Vic says:

    Permission Granted!
    You and the family are more than welcome and yea, we shoulda have coffee!


  2. Michael says:

    Great stuff Vic.

    Kinda wish we had gotten to know each other better before you moved. You can bet that if my family and myself are in your neck of the woods we will stop by to say hello.

    With permission of course. haha


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