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Re: Dogtrot at Hightop
« Reply #1325 on: July 19, 2019, 09:09:06 PM »
Awesome information.The small cabin is civil war era and it had 10,000 carpet tacks probably older than me that I removed from the inside.  A strange thing.  The gentleman that drilled my water well was the grandson of one of the owners that purchased it around 1890 and it was already erected when it bought it.I have to pour a concrete cap at the floor level to continue on up through the first floor and up to the roof.It's very interesting and informative posting. I want to make a set of forks for it someday too.I will share in this post. Thank you.
 

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Re: Dogtrot at Hightop
« Reply #1326 on: September 01, 2019, 02:55:41 PM »
Generac fails again.  Well after the newly acquired 15KW as a replacement they had to replace 1st a motor and secondly a stator.  That was with a 120 hours of operation.  Since that time nearly 2 years had passed when it malfunctioned again with 620 hours of operation.  The technician narrowed the fault to a defective Stator ( again).  When the technician contacted the company they refused to back the parts.  Given the history I contacted the resolution department.  I am awaiting their decision on whether they are going to replace the defective part.  This is getting old.  This is the third generator, two replacement motors and two stators to date.  If I have to cover the replacement stator ( $2,000 ) I am undecided to stay with Generac or scrap what I have and go with another company.  Yes they have covered everything to date but who is to say that If they replace the defective part that it too will be defective and I will be left with the same problem ( Given the history to date) and the warranty will have expired.

Does anyone have a Generac Eco-Gen either 6kw or 15kw that they are using and have you had problems with their operation?


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Re: Dogtrot at Hightop
« Reply #1327 on: September 01, 2019, 04:14:25 PM »
Dang it. That is bad news.
I believe Oldjarhead has one of those. Maybe PM him?

Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn’t mean it is good design.

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Re: Dogtrot at Hightop
« Reply #1328 on: September 02, 2019, 04:42:06 AM »
If you decide to go a different direction I have a Honda tri fuel EU6500 IS that I am thinking of getting rid of.  It has around 150 hours and has been pretty flawless.  Its just too big and heavy for my needs, better suited to stationary duty.  I'm probably not too far from you. 

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Re: Dogtrot at Hightop
« Reply #1329 on: November 10, 2019, 07:30:30 AM »
Well I am up and running again.  New Stator and AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulator) replaced.  How long will this last?  Being optimistic I hope for some time but given the track record of Generac and the Eco-Gen model it hasn’t been that good as far as reliability.  I started with a 6kw which after a replacement and a additional motor was upgraded to a 15 kw by them in a replacement given the trouble I have had.  Up to this point everything has been covered by them under warranty but the inconvenience of being without power intermittently since 2011.  There has had to be a design error for them to replace generators , motors and stators but they are reluctant to divulge any specific problem.


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Re: Dogtrot at Hightop
« Reply #1330 on: November 10, 2019, 09:31:31 AM »
It is a sad story of product failure but a good story of them taking responsibility. I hope all goes well from here on.
Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn’t mean it is good design.

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Re: Dogtrot at Hightop
« Reply #1331 on: February 07, 2020, 03:40:28 PM »
It is not very often that I back a particular product but when I do you can bet it actually works well.  I got a Christmas Present this past year.  It was a Kindling Splitter.  Actually you can use it just to split about any chunk of wood up to about 7-8" diameter.  I have mine mounted(couple of 1/4" lags) on a block of wood.  What is really nice is that you don't have to make sure that your block sits perfectly 90 deg on the block by itself.  With the retaining ring a long as it fits within the ring and rest on the splitter blade you are good to go.  Using a small sledge on what I use is a splitting maul.  Just strike the wood which forces it over the wedge blade splitting it into two separate pieces.  Repeat the process until you get the pieces the size that you want. It carries a 5 year warranty.  GREAT PRODUCT

I am going to try to post the link from Northern Tool which has a video of its use and other information.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200676883_200676883



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Re: Dogtrot at Hightop
« Reply #1332 on: September 13, 2021, 02:25:01 PM »
I know it has been ages since I posted.  There are a lot of reasons so I will not bore you with all the details.

As some might remember approximately 10 years ago I moved my parents closer to me. I think I posted pictures of the house .  Since that time my dad of 87 years passed some 3 years ago.  My mother being the same age now has been suffering from Dementia.  In the recent months it has progressed to the point it was not safe to leave her living alone.  It was decided by myself and my sister that she move in with my sister. An addition was added to her house to accommodate her later but proved to be a wise investment which is now proving to be reality.  This move became permanent last fall.

This brings me to the point that today we turned her house over to the new owners.  Wild three weeks sorting, packing the usual assorted cludder of those 87 years.  Some of which included approximately 100 dozen canning jars.  20 dozen had to be emptied and washed.  They found a good home (some to my home).  I think the oldest was 1990. 

Well with that hurdle passing I can now get to installing the solar at the cabin having all the components with the exception of Time.

Still haven’t got my wood in for winter but it is cut and split awaiting to be hauled and stacked.  Seriously considering a mini-split to replace the wood stove at my house.  Getting too old and harder each year with the wood.

I will keep thinking of everyone and pop back in from time to time .

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Re: Dogtrot at Hightop
« Reply #1333 on: September 13, 2021, 02:33:31 PM »
Hi John!  Good to see you. Sorry to hear about your Mom not being able to live on her own anymore.

Karen and I doing well. Retired sooner than we had planned. I feel about the same about firewood as the main source of heat. It is work no matter how one looks at it.  I do have enough for at least two winters at present, even if I don't count the 78 foot tall, 16" dia. pine the wind unexpected blew over.

Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn’t mean it is good design.


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Re: Dogtrot at Hightop
« Reply #1334 on: September 29, 2021, 03:09:55 AM »
Good to hear from you!  Sorry to hear about your mom.  Mine moved closer to me last year (she's 81) and is doing OK but I suspect it won't be too many years before she too can't live on her own.

Ahhh cabin's and wood stoves!  I have a trip this weekend to try to get the rounds split and stacked in the shed and cover some lumber for the winter -- and top off the batteries again!

As for the genny, my generac (knock on wood)  d* continues to do well after re-placing the controller twice under warranty but it's been some 8 years now so I can't complain.

 

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