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How to Build a Generator Enclosure
How to Build a Quiet Shed
How to Build a Generator Enclosure
If you have ever been camping or in a rural area where generators are common you know how disturbing the loud sound a generator makes can be. Some 'tough guys' think it's OK and almost thrive on the complaints and ensuing conflicts that come from disturbing the peace but fortunately the majority of people would really rather be 'good citizens' and contribute to the quiet, peaceful surroundings being in the country is all about.
So, if you're in that position where you need a power generator either some of the time or even occasionally but don't want to spend a lot of money on a commercially built generator enclosure there is a simple and cheap solution. Learn how to build a shed that will quiet your noisy generator. Here's how to do it and below you'll find a helpful video which walks you through it step by step.
Step 1 - Purchase two 4x8 sheets of insulating board a.k.a. regular styrofoam sheeting. You can find it at most lumber stores including Home Depot. Purchase the type that has reflective foil covering. Also, find or purchase a 4x4 piece of plywood.
Step 2 - Get some boxing tape or duct tape - really that's all you will need to buiold a shed for your generator. Also, a couple of cans of spray glue which you will use to top coat and weatherproof the tape and seams.
Step 3 - Measure your generator and then cut the sheets of foam to allow for plenty of clearance all round the generator. You will need at least 10 inches of clearance all round. Also, cut one end of the box 4 inches shorter than the other three sides. This will allow air to escape under the bottom to keep your generator cool.
Step 4 - Cut a circular hole in one end of the box to hold a cooling fan. The size and shape of the hole will depend on the fan you purchase. You want to get a good air flow so use an eight to ten inch fan.
Step 5 - Now line your box completely with regular fiberglass insulation. If you want to spend a bit more and get an even quieter result look for the 'safe n sound' insulation which is specially made for noise reducing applications.
Step 6 - Fix your fan to a box so it aligns with the whole you have created in the end of your enclosure.
Step 7 - Attach a flexible piece of exhaust tubing/pipe to your generator muffler with a muffler clamp. Attach the other end to an old car muffer. You can pick one of those up at your local dump or wreckers cheap or even for free.
Step 8 - Place your box over top of your generator and lead the pipe outside for exhaust.
That is a cheap and quick way to make your generator much quieter. See the video below for a walk through demonstration of how to build it and how it works.
For more information on How to Build a Generator and how to build a shed to keep it quiet checkout http://buildagenerator.org/
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How to Build a Shed
Below is a cool speedy video showing How to Build a Shed. This may not exactly be a generator shed but you can apply this technique to make your enclosure smaller or bigger depending on your needs. Of course to house a generator and make it quite you will need to add quality insulation everywhere and don't forget to use exhaust tubing to make sure all of your engine fumes exit the structure. Attach an old car exhaust muffler on the outside to minimize external noise. Also, be sure to add a fresh vent with fan to bring fresh air into the shed for proper ventialtion and to keep your genny operating at peak efficiency.