Tips on Choosing and Using a Generator

Not all generators are suitable for all jobs. Our DIY experts discuss how to pick the right generator for different tasks.
generator used to run power tools on job site

generator used to run power tools on job site

3000 watt generator

3000 watt, 1 gallon tank -- This generator runs for about 2.7 hours and includes two 120-volt outlets with two circuits breakers to prevent overload. It's suitable for running power tools on a job site.

3600 watt, 4 gallon tank -- This generator can be run up to 12 hours pulling a half-load. It has two sets of 120-volt outlets and one 240-volt outlet. Includes wheels and a fold down handle for ease-of-movement. This generator is suitable for a garage shop.

6300 watt, 8 gallon tank -- This generator provides 13 hours of run time and is suitable for home power outages. It includes an electric start, wheels and locking fold-down handles. This generator will not run all of the electrical devices in your house. A power transfer switch lets you and your electrician designate what circuits to run through the breaker. The generator has a spark arrest muffler to keep it running quietly and without sparks from the exhaust.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Tips on Choosing and Using Filler Compounds

Choosing a filler compound depends on what type of surface needs to be filled. Use this guide to filler compounds to pick the best one for the job.

Tips on Choosing Adhesives

Adhesives, or glues, work in different ways and each is suited to specific surfaces. Use this guide to choose the best adhesive for any project.

Tips for Choosing the Right Paint Finish

Paints come in a variety of finishes: flat, eggshell, semigloss, satin and high gloss. Learn tips on how to choose the best finish for your painting project.

Tips for Choosing the Right Countertop

There are many more options for countertops than laminate. Here are some tips on how to choose a countertop that's right for you.

How to Choose a Color Scheme: 8 Tips to Get Started

Discover your color preferences with eight tips for picking perfect color palettes.

How to Choose a Wall Color

Don’t be intimidated by color — picking the right shade is easy with these professional tips.

How to Choose the Right Bedroom Curtains

If you’re stumped over picking bedroom curtains, check out these designer tips.

Tips on Choosing the Right Router

Follow these tips from DIY experts and it'll be easy to choose and use a router.

How to Choose the Best Exterior Window Trim for Your Home

Exterior window trim isn’t just a pretty face. It’s made to cover gaps keep your home sound and free from water, heat and humidity. 

On TV

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Consult Our A-Z Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Browse a full list of topics found on the site, from accessories to mudrooms to wreaths.  

How-To Advice and Videos

Get video instructions about kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, flooring, painting and more.

Watch DIY Downloads Now

Watch DIY Network LIVE

Don't miss your favorite shows in real time online.