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Old 02-02-2011, 09:47 PM   #21
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Hmmm, it seems as though herk7769 is Mr. Smarty Pants.

Yes, if my Honda has been sitting idle for a few weeks it will take about 10 pulls before it starts. However, if I run it once a week it will always start on the first or second pull.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:03 AM   #22
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Hmmm, it seems as though herk7769 is Mr. Smarty Pants.
Yes, it is a curse; no doubt...
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:05 AM   #23
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I can overlook Mr. Smarty pants as long as he's got
an extra cold one for me!
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:11 PM   #24
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Always Lager and Guiness Draughts as cold as the fridge will go.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:18 PM   #25
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Hey Y'all...
first of.. our THREE Honda generators ALL start right up with one or two pulls... even our OLD Honda we have for our house...and the one for the house only gets run once in 6-8 months. So reliable!

Secondly...LOU! Dude...Guinness NEED NOT be that cold!!! It will kill the wonderful flavor of this nectar of the gods
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:29 PM   #26
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The bottle and can draught are great. The bottles say serve as cold as possible. While pricey, they are every bit as good as from the tap.

This is not Stout; but the draught version. They are the ones with the compressed gas widget that "foams" the beer when you open it.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:40 PM   #27
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I think a whole new thread got started here! How to get drunk while you winterize!
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:55 AM   #28
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I think I can modify Herk's plan to fit my needs.

Remove honda from truck.
remove beer from fridge.
Pull honda starter rope until arm gets tired.
drink beer
pull honda starter rope until arm gets tired.
drink beer
pull honda starter rope and honda finally starts!!
drink beer
plug charger into honda generator
drink beer

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Old 05-22-2011, 08:08 PM   #29
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First hand failure experience

After Hurricane Rita, and knowing we'd be buying a 5er, we bought a pair of eu2000's. Our dealer started it up and then asked how we wanted him to leave it - "dry" or "wet". I said 'wet' since I *planned* to periodically start it up. He said that was okay, as long as it was done every week or two.

Fast forward through the winter - okay, it's Houston, but it's still 'winter' - and there were a couple months without starting up the generator. In the spring, the generator was hard to start. Over the next few weeks, it got to the point that it would run for 1-2 seconds and then quit.

Taking it back to my dealer, he informed me that the carburetor jet had corroded nearly closed. An $80 repair later, it works great and has for the past couple years now that it gets started up every week or two.


The reason is ethanol and the carburetor fuel bowl. Ethanol in the fuel absorbs water which settles out in the bottom and causes corrosion. The jet through which the fuel flows is near/at this bowl, and it is so small that any corrosion will easily plug it closed.

Regardless of running the generator out of fuel, or using the pre-installed drain, there will still be a small amount of product left in this bowl. To truly get it "dry", open the drain while putting 1-2 psi of air in the gas tank. You will see a small amount of product spray through the drain, and then know that it is "dry".

When I asked my service guy about just using Stabil, he noted that it does NOT help with the ethanol water absorption issue. After reading the label, I found he was correct. However, I did find a marine grade version of Stabil (had to be ordered, it costs more and few stores stock it), but it did not actually state that it helps with the absorption issue.


As noted above, I keep my generators 'wet' but regularly start them up.
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On the bad side of keeping a carburator engine dry is the seals (gaskets) will dry out. Adding gas will expand them again but not necessarily in the right place or position. Add Stabil-izer.
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