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Old 09-21-2020, 12:23 PM   #1
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Chain Rattle on Generator

I'm old and slow sometimes. For years, I've lived with chain rattle when my generator's running. I lock my genny to a tree as an inhibition to it growing legs. Unfortunately, a chain around the handle rattles a lot while it's running...adding at least 10 dB to the racket.

Now, in my 6th season with this genny, it dawned on me that I don't need to put up with this nonsense. I went on Amazon and purchased a sheet of peel-and-stick neoprene foam.

My install was simple. I cut one strip, about 2" wide, to go around the upright portion of the handle where the chain goes. This piece was "too long," so I just overlapped the extra on the neoprene sheet. Then I cut a space for the handle in the middle of the sheet, and I applied the neoprene over the top and down the "chain-side" of the genny...on the side opposite the engine access panel.

I prepped the surface of my well worn genny with alcohol wipes, and the neoprene seems to hold very well. I don't know how it will hold up in the rain, but we shall see.

It ain't perty, but it does the job, and I never take my genny to the Pebble Beach Concours for generators anyway. The chain rattle is gone entirely!

Photos below. Ignore the filenames....they got reversed as I uploaded them to my computer.

P.S. Yup, a universal key (bolt cutter) would make short work of that chain, but then again, that key makes a rather conspicuous bulge in one's pocket. I may lose it one day, but I tend to think that the perps will go for the Hondas and Yamahas I see all the time that aren't locked up at all.
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Old 09-21-2020, 07:06 PM   #2
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I agree with the need to lock up generators and other things such as bbq, gas cans, atvs, etc. Sad that this must be done. There are too many jerks out there that have no qualm about taking whatever they want.

I have had good luck with a vinyl coated braided cable. Not sure how hard it would be to cut but I like it better than chain. At least it is a deterrent.
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