Step 6: Conclusion

I will secure the housing on the generator by wrapping it with a bungee chord to stop it from being blown away by strong winds. 
What happens next, only time will tell.  My design seems to be sound. I will keep you posted. 
Are you Irish?
I could very well be! I like beer, I like whiskey, and I love (I mean love love) corned beef! I do attend St. Patrick's Day in New York off and on. I am sure there is more to being Irish, but I hope, what I mentioned above suffice. :)
Thank you I was trying to figure out how to do this when we lose power for days even up to a week with snow, rain and wind. I had the idea but now I have instuctions so I hope to get this built soon. Much needed. Thanks for sharing
<p>wood is a bad choice if your trying for quiet it carries sound maybe if you nailed some insulation inside </p>
My portable generator has always been stored in my garage where there is a designated storage area for it to be especially guarded from harsh weather conditions like rainstorms or winter. However, to be able to build this rain proof casing for the generator would be beneficial especially if we were to be caught in an unexpected shower while using it outdoors.
Hello Christopher,<br><br>Yes, that was the idea behind the whole project. The project was done four days before the hurricane Sandy, which did a major damage in New York and New Jersey. Luckily for me the the power was gone for only twelve hours. We had some lights in the house, thanks to the generator, running on my driveway with rain and 70-80 MPH wind.<br><br>Generator was a sought out commodity at that time. If you are interested, here is the store of how I acquired it.<br><br>http://thisisnotcnn.blogspot.com/2012/10/my-precious.html<br><br>Cheers!
Why not just get a GenTent? www.gentent.com a lot of people used them during Sandy and reviews are very positive.
it would be better to cut a larger top that covers and over hangs the side walls. that would help the structure last longer in the rain. <br>some padding inside to soften contact points with help sound vibration.
I do have clearance of about 2 &quot; on each side. However, it was my intent to keep it a tight fit because I did not want winds to turn the cover into a parachute. Sound insulation was not into consideration at all because the unit was outside, and I was constantly worried about the fire hazard due to excessive heat. However, I am sure there is soundproof insulation available which could be more temperature tolerant.
How did it work out? I know NJ really got hit bad and lots of damage near the water. Hope you got through OK! <br>
Considering that I live quite inland, there was no water damage. There was just damage to the roof due to winds. And, of course, we lost electricity, and that is where the generator came in handy.
Congratulations on being a finalist in the be prepare contest!
Step one should be &quot;don't buy a generac&quot;. Just some advice for the future, they tend to crap out much more often than some other brands, although the other brands are more expensive. This is cool though! Thanks!
Thanks Reddog! Beggars could not be choosers! There were only eight generators left in the entire New Jersey before the hurricane Sandy! If I had time, I would have purchased a generator which runs both on gas and propane.
Hello from a fellow Sandy victim in Maryland...hope every one is ok and safe. I bought my first generator although I have been pondering the idea for months after our last 7 day outage. <br>This is exactly what I was looking for and was wondering how it was holding up. We are getting pounded as I type this so I know you are getting it worse :) <br> <br>I have a gazebo that I had the generator under but as you said with the winds it got soaked anyway. I read mixed comments about people saying they leave their generator out in the rain and others saying to never use it in the rain. I had it out there for hours not running and just decided to bring it in the house (not running) until I need it, it was wet so I am drying it off now I will store it in the shed after the storm when not using it but think I need something like this for the rain and snow. <br> <br>I was under the assumption that the whole thing got hot but you say just the exhaust gets hot? That's why you used the sheet metal, right? <br> <br>Thanks, <br>Scott
Hello Scott,<br><br>I hope you are safe and dry now. As expected we lost power right when we needed it the most. The winds were very strong. I not only tied the housing to the generator and then tied the generator to my truck from flying away. Luckily nothing like that happened. The pumps worked constantly. We just got our electricity back. Damage wise, there nothing major except for a few missing roof shingles.<br><br>I hope we don't have to deal anything like that for a year or more.<br><br>Good Luck!
Great to hear!! How did the cover hold up? Did the generator get wet?
Thank God! It worked out very well. I tied the cover and tied the generator with my truck, just in case. However, I did not see any lift inside the cover because the louvered vents helped released all the air pressure. <br> <br>How did you make out with the storm?
No issues, we got lucky.
did u stain it
No, just sealed it using deck sealer.
Quick and easy project. I was thinking about doing something like this for my generator and this was the idea I needed. I like the way it allows complete mobility of the generator. As for heavy winds, I'd sink a ground anchor on either side and use a tie-down strap to prevent the wind from causing problems. Well done.
Is there enough room for the power outlets? It looks like a tight fit. I might try to do something similar for mine. Nice job.
Hello and thanks for the comment. Actually my picture shows wrong measurement for the width. The genset is only 21 inches wide, which gives me almost 3&quot; for the power chord plug and the bend of the chord.
Hi Kabira. A very nice neat job on the generator. I wouldn't worry too much about engine aspiration problems, with 100 mph winds blowing at it, it'll likely be turbocharged! However I do have concerns about it's ability to stay on the ground. I may be wrong but if winds of that speed get underneath that box, it's a good bet that it's going to turn into a flying machine. <br> <br>I hope it doesn't happen and that you and your family come through unscathed. <br>Good instructibles though, I may use this in the near future. Stay safe.

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