Good thing D&L wanted to go to town…

I took the opportunity of this patch of mild weather to finally decide whether I’m done cutting winter wood. Decided I was, which meant changing the oil in the generator, draining it of fuel, and putting it away for the season…

…and I got as far as draining the oil, which is when I learned that I had apparently used my last quart of oil from the shed and neglected to ever replace it. Bother!

Fortunately it was about then that D&L texted me to say they had decided to hit the dollar store on coupon day, and did I want to come along? I’d hoped they would make that decision anyway because I wanted to fill a couple of propane bottles and it’s easier to do that on a non-water day for reasons having to do with the rear of their truck bed.

So I was able to top off my propane…

…and also finish servicing the generator and putting it to bed. It’s been dry and fifties here for several days now, and the mud is mostly dry at last, making it a good day to get outdoor stuff done while I comfortably can.

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6 Responses to Good thing D&L wanted to go to town…

  1. Ben says:

    You are (I’m willing to bet) familiar with the little valve that drains the float bowl?

  2. Joel says:

    Yup. The fuel is well and truly drained.

  3. Norman says:

    Pro Tip: After draining the carb, flip the choke to “On” and pull the rope vigorously 3-4 times. This will suck the fuel out of the little passages inside the carb, works on any carbureted reciprocating piston engine. Make sure the fuel flow from the tank is completely stopped first (on EU2000s the control knob should be at “Off” but clamping a hemostat on the fuel line is a reasonable additional measure).

    On the 2000s if the control knob is left “Off” – and it works as it’s supposed to, it does pay to check – the tank can be left filled, preferably to the base of the tank neck to minimize surface area exposed to air, with extra points for mixing in the proper amount of fuel stabilizer – (on 2000s turn the tank cap vent to “Off” to prevent air intrusion and fuel evaporation) so that should an emergency need arise the generator can be employed more rapidly.

    Pro Tip: A written tag tied to the handle indicating what storage preps were done, and the date performed, is a very useful concenience.

    And, as always, generator testing should be conducted with an electrical load; that the engine runs is nice, but it’s quite useful to know that it’s also producing usable electrons in quantity.

  4. Spud says:

    Or you could experience what I did with my Honda eu1000…
    Did all the same to put my generator to bed.
    The next year went to start it…no spark to the plug !
    Took it to the so called qualified dealer.
    He started swapping parts…ran the repair bill up to $450.
    Yet still it had no spark !
    Told them to forget it…
    Now my beloved little Honda sets out in the garage in a box.
    Returned to me fully disassembled…
    They still charged me $200 for a diagnosis of…
    Wait for it…they don’t know why it has no spark.
    Shit !

  5. Mike says:

    It’s always nice when serendipity works in your favor, eh Joel? 🙂

    Spud, I’ve run into this issue with Honda service too. They think that because their product is good, consumers will keep coming back no matter how shabby the treatment is.

  6. RCPete says:

    I can get low test (87 octane) no-alcohol fuel at one depot in town, though the others will have premium non-oxy. At the end of the season, where I can, I’ll a) run the tank dry or siphon out the fuel, b) empty the carb. I’ll follow Norman’s advice. (The other depot and marine filling stations have non-oxy, but in premium only. Overkill for these engines.)

    With that combination, I’ve found I don’t need stabilizer for an idle season. My log splitter was a bit cantankerous when it spent a few years off, but flushing the carb with fresh fuel did the trick. That one uses the 5HP vertical shaft Honda engine. The float bowl drain came in handy.

    A couple exceptions: The big generator (5000W Coleman with a Tecumseh engine) is stored with a full tank and empty carb, and the garden tractor (Deere with a Kawasaki industrial engine) has no cutoff. I’ll run it every few months.

To the stake with the heretic!