Many families use a generator for additional power, and there are some off grid homes which require a generator along with wind power and solar power as the main source of energy. Usually a Generator Cover protects the generator from the elements, but fails to reduce noise. When used for a long period of time, generators tend to be noisy and irritating. If you build an insulated cover for your generator, it will not only reduce the noise, but will also protect your generator from corrosion and the weather and will protect your generator from weather and corrosion and reduce noise. It will also improve the appearance of the power home generator.
A step wise guide to building a generator cover
a) Measure the generator in order to get an estimate of the size of the generator cover. The generator should fit in easily inside the box with few inches of extra space on all sides.
b) After measuring, cut eight 2 by 2 studs according to the dimensions that you require.
c) Lay one stud on a flat surface and mark an ‘X’ along it at 24 inch distances.
d) Apply the above step on another stud with the same measurements so that the markings match when two studs are placed evenly together.
e) Place a stud at each end of the first stud that you have marked. This will make up the bottom plate. Place a stud at the center of each ‘X’.
f) Nail the stud to the bottom plate from beneath. The nail should enter the bottom plate from the opposite side of the studs making up the wall and should penetrate these wall studs along the length of the generator cover being constructed.
g) Place the other marked stud atop the horizontal studs that are nailed in and nail them together.
h) Repeat the steps from 3 to 7 to create three more walls.
i) Place the walls in an upright position and nail them together
j) Measure and cut the plywood so that it fits the walls. Cut a vent in one of the plywood sheets ensuring that the space of the vent fits between the studs.
k) Take the insulation material and cut it after measuring to fit inside the box between the studs. Cut a space according to the size of the vent in one piece of insulation. Place the insulation between the studs to make the Generator Cover able to absorb noise.
l) The vapor barrier should be cut and fitted inside the walls such that it covers the insulation and studs completely. Leave the vent space uncovered. Staple the vapor barriers to the studs
m) Nail the vent over the space in the plywood over the exterior.
n) Drill through the wall facing the house and make a hole for the wiring to run through it.
o) Measure, cut and nail four studs as mentioned in the step explaining this procedure. This will make a frame that will fit on the top of the box.
p) Measure and nail the studs on the frame at a distance of 24 inch each running one way. This step will bring you closer to finishing the generator cover.
q) The plywood should also be measured and cut to fit the top of the box. Fix the plywood to the studs with nails.
r) The insulation should be measured and cut to fit within the studs on the top of the box. Install the insulation.
s) The vapor barrier also should be measured and cut to fit the top of the box and stapled to the studs.
t) The hinges should be nailed to the top of one wall and one side of the top to create a lid that can be lifted up for easy maintenance and access.
u) Fix the hook and eye closure on top of the opposite wall and the edge of the top
v) If you so wish you can make the exterior of the generator cover more attractive by painting it.
As you can see building a cover for a generator can be quite simple if you follow a step by step guide telling you how to do it.