Pete’s home made wind generator

Here is a link to a video of a Heath Robinson wind generator I made a few years back. Its made mainly from bits of pushbike. The blades are made from plastic soil pipe covered with ripstop nylon. I just drew a long triangle on the pipe and cut it out with a jigsaw. The…

Ideas to diagnose oil pressure cut out fault on Honda EX5500.

I should perhaps state at the outset that usually when the EX5500 oil pressure cut out operates  then 99% of the time it is due to failure of the nylon oil pump drive gear. However on this occasion the problem  only occurred once the machine was warm. Description of the fault Honda EX5500 cuts out…

How to overcome high starting currents in air compressors.

Compressors and generators how to overcome high starting currents. Compressors are one of the most challenging loads for a generator. Let’s look at a typical 1250watt direct drive compressor of the type common in Netto and other discount outlets. One might be tempted to think that this would start up easily enough from a 2…

Light loading leading to failure of the Honda EU26i.

Trouble with the Honda EU26i Of all the Honda inverters, the machine that I see most commonly suffering loss of electrical output is the Honda EU26i. These failures seem to be fairly evenly divided between stator and inverter pack failures. So is there a generic flaw with the EU26i? I don’t think so. I am…

Washing machines and generators.

Just had this enquiry come through and I thought it might be quite widely relevant so I have posted it here for your consideration. Please come back with any thoughts or personal experiences on the subject. Heres the question I received via email: Would you mind if I asked you a quick question? We’re wondering…

Earthing your generator. Floating live and neutral or neutral bonded to earth?

Please note that I am not a domestic electrician by trade so you should regard the following as a resource intended to inform and to initiate a discussion and further contributions. However much we understand or think we understand about connecting generators to circuits and distribution systems, it would be folly to proceed without consulting…