How to cover a generator while it's in use

Written by dan falk
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A generator's ability to generate power for almost any household or camping need can come in handy. Generators run on gasoline, and therefore need an exhaust vent. When covering the generator to protect it from the weather, a stock cover will not let the generator breathe and will cause the engine to heat up and no longer function. Using the generator while covered for extended periods of time will lessen the life of your generator as well, as it isn't able to work at full capacity. It is possible to cover the generator while in use without damaging the component.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Generator cover
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Place your cover over the generator with the generator off and resting for at least an hour after operating. The generator must be off so that you don't burn yourself or inhale the fumes.

  2. 2

    Feel around with one hand on the inside of the cover to locate the exhaust and intake ports on the generator --- they're usually next to each other. Using that mark, poke a hole with the scissors in that area to mark the point where you want to cut.

  3. 3

    Cut holes in the cover with your scissors. Make sure they're big enough to let the intake pull in air so that the cover does not touch the exhaust vent --- it will become very hot and melt the cover if it touches it. Conveniently, all of the vents are on the side of the generator, so the holes will not affect its functioning when outside in adverse conditions.

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