..I went out and bought a generator. After relying on friends and neighboors generosity, I want to be self sufficient this year. I almost bought one last year. And, nearing the end of the season I was feeling pretty good about not buying one. Then came Wilma... in October!???? At least it was cool. But, I think of this as one of my cool toys that I can do stuff with. I already saw a mod of welding on a small car muffler to make it quieter. Sure, it might reduce the life, but these things are designed to run 10,000 hours. It will take years for me to get up to 200 hours on this. It will probably sit in the corner of the garage after I put it together taking up space. Oh well.