This mindset is apparently called prepping! :) I think it really means "being prepared" (Or can one perpetually prepare?) Semantics aside, I decided to buy a generator - Mostly as someone we know says gas is in short supply! = Won't be long and they'll switch off the electric to stop the gas mains emptying out etc Anyway, I decided sitting in the dark like a hairy cave dweller doesn't fit well with our plans for living in the future! Enter the -
Reviews are a bit mixed but I had a really good price £174.99 so thought it could be worth a go. First thing to go wrong was it got delivered to our new neighbours who I'm pretty sure (up until this point) were thinking we're quite normal! Now they think we're preppers! (obviously we're not - we're simply being prepared lol) Generator has been sat around for a while and yesterday I thought I'd better see if it works, so I went out to get some good old super unleaded and a bottle of fuel stabiliser (makes the petrol last for 2 years apparently) After driving around half of Wales I managed to get the stupid 100 ml bottle of stabiliser (must be the last one in the whole principality!) Next, I filled the generator up with a litre of engine oil (seems to take loads of it) and the second thing to go wrong was the 400 ml surplus leaked out through the air-filter all over the garage floor!! 😆 Disaster!!
With the garage now in full Exon Valdez / Amoco Cadiz mode one battled on regardless, carefully washing the air-filter sponge thingy in fuel stabilised 99 Ron super unleaded ~ which seemed unusually acrid and resulted in a somewhat mysterious sponge-substance deformation! Pah, thought I'd better phone a friend - Me bro said I needed to get the rest of the surplus oil out the engine (or it would knacker immediately) so I tipped the unit back the other way and used the air-filter cover (as a tray) to capture the oil as it tipped out (clever eh?) (forgetting this had carefully disguised slots in ~ meaning said floor transitioned further into a Gulf of Mexico scale ecological nightmare!) Might be worth mentioning, thus far, things weren't really going according to plan! 👀
Eventually, several kitchen rolls later, the situation became marginally less apocalyptic and I reached the point where starting the engine (without blowing anything up) seemed plausible - So I did!!
This generator isn't quiet - Rang me bro again and asked him why so noisy? He reckoned it was because I was a (expletive) and besides it was a very cheap Chinese motor - Little bit of an unreasonable assertion I'd say! 😒
The smoke in the garage was getting pretty bad (didn't seem very healthy either!) and the vibration was shaking the house. Eventually the boss, smoked out of her nest, proceeded to stand behind me (couldn't hear her then, although she has mentioned it several times since!) shouting and screaming like a demented banshee! I demonstrated to her how amazing our new self-sufficient power generation unit was by powering up an old pedestal fan in an (slightly desperate) attempt to disperse the oil / petrol fumes - Several hours later the smoke even vacated the house! - And everything reverted back to happy normality (How these fumes travel through solid brick walls is anyone's guess!)