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Generac 7,000-Watt Automatic Standby Generator with 50-Amp Transfer Switch

Run this Generac Core Power 7,000-Watt Home Standby Generator on either natural gas or liquid propane for versatile fueling options. This generator offers a digital controller with LED status lights and fault indicators for easy monitoring of the operational status. The included composite mounting pad eliminates the need to pour a concrete base for installation convenience. Comes with Generator, 50A Transfer Switch, and Load Center to Back Up 8 Circuits.
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can the Generac Corpower 7kw be installed by Home Depot after purchase?

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Mitchellville
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August 24, 2011
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www.community.homedepot.com
August 24, 2011
Greetings,

My name is Tom, also known as HD116 here and at our online community found at the link below. Yes, we can install your Corpower after purchase. Simply call 1-800-HOMEDEPOT and follow the prompts to schedule your installation.

Thanks for your question, we are happy to serve you!
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CMoe
Linden, NJ, USA
May 26, 2013
Yes, Home Depot will offer to install. You can also hire your own contractor. I did and got a better price. 2600.00 verses 8000.00 from the HD contractor.
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what can i run on this generator

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amp
clinton md
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August 28, 2011
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bob
August 29, 2011
No, the included 50 Amp transfer switch is not pre-wired. It is pre-populated with circuit breakers that are commonly used in essential circuit backup protection. Specific breakers are: One double pole, 30 Amp breaker, one single pole 20 Amp breaker, and five single pole 15 Amp breakers.

Our pre-wired switches come pre-packaged with the Guardian Series 8kW – 17kW models. I have added the 8kW as a recommended product for your review.
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CMoe
Linden, NJ, USA
May 26, 2013
Just think about running the circuts that you needed when the power went out. you don't need to power the whole house just certain items to help maintain your home comfort and necessities. Mines will run the ref, heater, deep feeze, washer/dryer, quite a few outlets and lights.
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can i put a transfer switch on this unit

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August 31, 2011
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Generac
September 1, 2011
The 7kW CorePower unit includes a 50 Amp transfer switch.
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CMoe
Linden, NJ, USA
May 26, 2013
The transfer switch is mounted inside the house near the main electrical panel. There is a circuit switch mounted on the generator itself.
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The specification on model 5837 (Generac 7kW) says "Sound Decibels : 0 dB". Does it mean that the model is noisless? What is the real number of dB?

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NJ
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September 3, 2011
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Generac
September 7, 2011
The CorePower standby generator sound output at 23 ft. with generator operating at normal load is 67 dB(A). This is quieter than many competitive units and significantly quieter than a standard portable generator.
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Elaine
Claymont, DE, USA
October 4, 2011
Generac's website says the dB level is 63. I can tell you from personal experience that it's loud. I would recommend going to the next series level if noise is a concern.
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Most of the generators that run on nat gas or propane usually have a lower wattage output for nat gas !

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plumber
Grove City PA
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October 20, 2011
Does this unit provide the same wattage on nat gas as it does on propane? the specs say that it is the same out put on both fuel types!
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Generac
October 20, 2011
Thank you for pointing out this error. This unit is rated for continuous maximum power output of 7000 watts with liquid propane fuel, and 6000 watts with natural gas.
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pbpman
ct
December 28, 2012
the nat gas will be 1000 watts lower then propane. check with your local inspector.
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Is it possible to take the unit with me to another house in the even I sell my house?

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Jimbo
Colorado
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November 7, 2011
I am interested in buying the unit but may sell my home in the not too distant future and would like to take it with me to my new location. Is this a problem?
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Designing Woman
Atlanta, GA
November 8, 2011
Hello Jimbo and thank you for your question.

You should be able to take your CorePower 7,000-Watt Home Standby Generator with you when you move. The unit will need to be taken out of service (procedures are found in the owner’s manual) and follow your local gas and electric codes for disconnection and subsequent reconnection. Depending upon your area, you may need a qualified service provider, licensed electrician, or licensed plumber as part of this compliance.

Best wishes on your project.
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PowerJunkie
Connecticut, USA
November 22, 2011
I guess you could. You would just have to disconnect the Natural Gas/Propane (which ever your use) and then terminate the power. However, You'd have to buy a new Transfer switch unless you disconnect that as well. I personally wouldn't because it is a great selling feature for a new buyer and you would get your money out of the sell.
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Is the transfer switch automatic.Frank the hook

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Frank the hook
New York
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November 14, 2011
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Generac
November 15, 2011
Yes. All Generac home backup power systems have automatic transfer switches.
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PowerJunkie
Connecticut, USA
November 22, 2011
Yes, it sense loss of power and auto switches over.
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Does this generator come with a start battery, or is it a separate purchase?

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Gary
Hamburg, NY
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April 13, 2012
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247Electric
Piscataway, NJ
November 18, 2012
Thank you for the inquiry. You will be required to purchase a battery
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Generac
April 16, 2012
The 7kW Core Power unit, model 5837, does not come with a battery. The battery needed is a Group 26R, 12 volt, 350 cold-cranking amperes minimum.
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how do I make the generator run on diesel fuel?

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"My Boat"
Salem, Ma.
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May 22, 2012
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247Electric
Piscataway, NJ
November 18, 2012
This unit is not listed for diesel. You would need to purchase a different unit. Thanks!
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Generac
May 22, 2012
Our Residential series home standby generators run on natural gas or propane vapor. Any modifications to the fuel system will void warranty and EPA certifications.
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what is the natrual gas volume required for this unit? is it 1/2 lb or 2lbs?

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livewire
newport news
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June 23, 2012
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Generac
June 25, 2012
The volume and pressure required for the 7kW unit utilizing natural gas is 119,000 BTU/hr with 5-7” of water column (0.18 to 0.25 psi).
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CliffeDweller
Westcliffe, CO 81252, USA
July 23, 2012
Neither... it uses natural gas which is measured in Cubic Feet. The consumtion rate is based on %of load. See the literature for this.
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I will use this for a vacation home. Can it be allowed to auto exercise weekly without necessarily coming on if the power is out when Im not there?

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Interested in vacation home backup
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June 24, 2012
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Generac
June 25, 2012
The 7kW automatic standby generator will exercise only when left in the Automatic mode. When in the Automatic mode, the unit will recognize a power outage, start, and transfer to provide power to the residence. There is no setting other than leaving the unit in the Off mode to keep it from providing power during an outage, and leaving the unit in the Off mode will not allow for proper exercising.
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CliffeDweller
Westcliffe, CO 81252, USA
July 23, 2012
Yes
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Why doen't Home Depot offer a battery with the 7kW? Where can it be bought?

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DA
CT
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June 24, 2012
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Generac
June 25, 2012
The 7kW Core Power unit, model 5837, does not come from the factory with a battery. The battery needed is a Group 26R, 12 volt, 350 cold-cranking amperes minimum. Batteries can be purchased through any retailer that carries automotive style batteries.
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CliffeDweller
Westcliffe, CO 81252, USA
July 23, 2012
The battery can be obtained @ Batteries Plus.
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Is the transfer switch on model # 5837 pre-wired like some other models?

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John
Louisiana
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August 29, 2012
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Generac
August 30, 2012
The 7kW Core Power unit comes with the generator and the switch. Wiring is not included, and would be provided by the certified electrician or installer. The unit would need to be installed as per the instructions provided with the unit.
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247Electric
Piscataway, NJ
October 18, 2012
No, breakers are included but you must wire your own. No whips included
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Is there any special financing available for this purchase and installation?

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jjsharp
Idlewylde, MD
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September 23, 2012
I have noticed the unit is on sale at a competitor inthe area; same price, but they offer 84 months at no interest.
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September 25, 2012
Hello Valued Customer,
Thanks for your question and interest in this item. We do offer several types of financing options. Whether you’re considering projects for your home or business, The Home Depot has the ideal credit card for you. Home Depot Credit Cards are available for both consumer and commercial use. The Home Depot Consumer Credit Card also offers special financing.

The Home Depot also offers a special type of home improvement loan called The Home Depot Project Loan, perfect for homeowners who are looking to renovate while making fixed low monthly payments over time. Since The Home Depot Project Loan may be used for any product in a store or online, a special order or a Home Depot installation service, this is a home repair loan that offers stress-free flexibility.

Please contact our credit services today for details on the best option for you!

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If you have any additional questions or need assistance placing an online order, please contact our Online Customer Service department at 800-430-3376.
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CMoe
Linden, NJ, USA
May 26, 2013
When I checked to get a sb generator, I found the installation prices very high. So what did I wind up doing? I purchased the generator and found a contractor that would install it regardless where I got it. The price for installation was 2600 and that was because he had to install at the rear of the house. I got estimates that ranged from 7-8 thousand and with just a little work and some minor inconveniences, I got the project (by contractor) done for 4 thousand.
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How big if a LP Tank does one reqire to operate moderate Household for about 3 daysPower Freak

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Powerfreak
Enfield,CT 06082
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October 9, 2012
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Generac
October 11, 2012
The smallest propane tank we can recommend for use with our automatic standby generators is a 120 gallon tank. The volume and pressure required for the 7kW Core Power unit utilizing liquid propane is 119,952 BTU/hr with 10-12” of water column. The 7kW Core Power unit will consume approximately 1.31 gallons per hour when operating at full load.
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Snowman
Northern New York
May 13, 2013
At 1.3 Gallons per hour over a 72 hour period would require 93.6 Gallons. The closest LP tank size would be a 100 gallon tank. Hope this helps.
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propane size 1.3 gal per hr gas grill size or larger size

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November 5, 2012
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November 7, 2012
The smallest propane tank we can recommend is a 120 gallon tank. The volume and pressure required for the 7kW unit utilizing liquid propane is 119,952 BTU/hr with 10-12” of water column.
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Gas grill tank will not boil off fast enough. You need a bigger tank
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////can I run a single 220 volt line back to the house electric panel? Or do the circuits have to be split at the generator?

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rsnipes
Debary, FL
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April 20, 2012
I plan to put the generator behind the garage and have a dedicated 220 v all three phases line going back to the main house panel- don't want to split the lines going all the way back to the house.
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Newf
Schaumburg, IL
April 20, 2012
Hello rsnipes, I’m Newf from the Home Depot’s how-to Community. Thank you for your question.

This generator should be installed as close to the house main panel as you can.

The circuits are split out at a sub-panel which mounts inside the home very near you main service panel.

This unit is intended to be professionally installed.

Here is a link to the installation guide:
http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pd...

I hope this helps,
Newf.
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247Electric
Piscataway, NJ
November 18, 2012
You can take your garage panel and land the feeders into the transfer switch panel. Please keep in mind the units main breaker size
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Is there a distance away requirement from another device?

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WWD
NY
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April 18, 2013
I have a propane powered swimming pool heater that I want to install the generator next to. Is there a concern over the distance between two gas powered devices?
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Snowman
Northern New York
April 18, 2013
The installation guidelines for this particular unit requires a 5' minimum distance all the way around and above due to its composite polymer construction. New York State requires a 10' minimum distance from the Propane Cylinder and they enforce it through the supplier. Your local building codes may have stricter installation guidelines which they enforce, so if a permit is required you may want to ask ahead of time. On a separate note, you may want to insure that your propane regulator and fuel line are sized correctly to supply adequate amounts of fuel. Hope this helps.
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rick
Bristol, CT, USA
August 28, 2013
You Should have 6 foot minimum distance between them. The Generator must be 10 feet away from the tank .
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what is the maximun sqaure footage for this generator

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leslie
mandeville
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May 12, 2013
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Northern New York
May 13, 2013
Generators are not built to the square footage of a building. Instead they are designed to a maximum current OR maximum wattage. The homeowner is suppose to decide exactly what they would want to power in the event of a power outage and calculate that load in Amps or Wattage. There are online tools to use to help calculate this, Home Depot associates to help you calculate this OR even your electrical installer.
Then you pick the generator that meets the load you need to carry AND provides the right number of circuits to connect them.
For instance, this 7 KW generator, with Liquid Propane as a fuel source, produces approximately 7000 Watts which is 29.17 Amps at 240 Volts. (29.17 x 240 = 7000.8) The "Transfer Switch" has eight circuits total. ( 8 Breakers )
This particular model produces only 6 KW if Natural Gas is used as a fuel supply. Which is 25 Amps at 240 Volts. ( 25 x 240 = 6000 ) You still have 8 Breakers in the "Transfer Switch".
You may also want to consider the installation guidelines. This particular model requires a minimum distance of 5' from any structure because of its composite polymer construction. ( The "Guardian" series, which is the 8 KW to the 20 KW Generators, only require a minimum of 18" from a structure if criteria are met. ) The reason is that the "Guardian" Series has steel and aluminum enclosures which meet NFPA standards allowing this.
So my advice would be to forget the size of your home. Decide what electrical items you want to still work when the power goes out. Calculate the wattage you need and note the number of circuits involved. Decide where in your yard is a good place to locate the generator. ( Hopefully within reach of both your electrical and fuel source supplies. )
A good rule of thumb is to calculate the power you need in watts BUT buy a generator where your calculation is only 80% of the total available watts.
Hope this helps.
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CMoe
Linden, NJ, USA
May 26, 2013
The square footage is 36in x 28in for the 7000 watt. I think you will find this to be a nice sq ft with good space left on each side of the generator after mounting it on the slab, Be advised that the code requirements for a standby generator are the unit must be a least 3ft from the property line and five feet from the main dwelling.
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How often do you have to replace the maintainance kit on the 7kw generator?

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Panama
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July 8, 2013
The 7kW CorePower series automatic standby generator has a recommended service interval of every 1 year or 100 hours, whichever comes first. Proper maintenance includes changing the oil, air filter, spark plugs, and attending to the battery as needed. A full maintenance schedule will be located in the owner’s manual under the Service Schedule section.
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