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Deltatech Construction specializes in renovations, additions, and new construction. CONTACT: Sandra Tomasseti

(985) 649-2626

Ideal Appliance Parts

Ideal Appliance Parts, Inc. began more than 50 years ago and now is proudly known as one of the oldest and most successful parts and appliance distributors in the southeastern United States.

(504) 888-4232

Beau’s AC and Heating

Since 2001, Beau’s AC & Heating is been committed to total customer satisfaction providing the Northshore with cooling, heating, & indoor air quality needs. Repair & maintenance, dehumidification, geothermal heating/cooling. CONTACT: Toni Beau

(985) 641-3963

Brister-Stephens, Inc

Brister Stephens is a qualified HVAC contractor who has been servicing greater New Orleans and it’s surrounding communities for over 45 years. CONTACT: Kenny Stephens

(985) 893-1110

Berner A/C & Heat

Heating and Cooling design and installation for existing and new homes and commercial buildings. CONTACT: Tom Berner

(985) 727-2302

Waguespack Home Services

Providing the best handyman services in St. Tammany Parish and care for your home like it is our own. With years of experience in many home improvement areas, our mission is to help you maintain the value of your home while bringing your ideas to life.


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Clesi Foundations

Professional foundation repair and Helical Piers in the New Orleans region. With more than 40 years of experience elevating homes and shoring industrial foundations such as universities, hospitals and museums. CONTACT: Gerald Clesi

(504) 236-9910

Portable Generator Usage Tips

Posted: August 17, 2016

By: Paul LaGrange, LaGrange Consulting

Many people turn to a portable generator for a temporary solution without knowing the risks.

  • Each appliance should be connected to the generator with its own dedicated extension cord. Use the grounded type of extension cord. Do not combine multiple appliances on one extension cord with a splitter.
  • Match the correct gauge extension cord and length to the appliance.
    • The lower the gauge rating – the heavier the extension cord wiring. Large appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers, and large window AC units require 10 gauge extension cords. 
    • The length of the cord is just as important as the proper gauge sizing. The length of the cord should equal or near equal to the distance between the appliance and the generator. If you have an extension cord that is too long, stretch the cord out instead of leaving large excess all coiled up. Stretching the cord out will allow proper heat dissipation.
  • Generators should be operated in well-ventilated locations outdoors away from all doors, windows, and vent openings.
  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the overhead door open.
  • Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building. Make certain that your neighbor’s generator is not exhausting fumes into your home via an open window or door.
  • Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
  • Never plug your generator directly into your home outlet. If you are connecting a generator into your home electrical system, have a licensed electrician install a Power Transfer Switch.
  • Generators produce powerful voltage – Never operate under wet conditions. Take precautions to protect your generator from exposure to rain or remaining flood waters.
  • Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running.
  • After 48 hours of usage, the oil in a portable gas generator should be changed. Turn the unit off and allow it to cool down. Then, change the oil per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.


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