on long island, ny friend was without power for 2 weeks after hurricane sandy. vowing never agaim, he purchased a generac whole house unit,natural gas powered. . other than the automatic monthly test, it got no use. he is a locomotive machinist, and follows factory maintenance to the letter. 2 years ago we had storm isias. my power was out 2 hrs, his 2 days. on day 2 his generator blew up. the camshaft broke, motor locked up. the sudden lock up also destroyed the generator itself, couldnt even replace the motor to make it work. he called generac and they told him it was not for continuous use, it was for intermittent use. he couldnt believe his ears. he also told me it ran at 3600 rpm. i was really suprised, why wouldnt it be built for 1800 rpm, instead of 3600 like an el cheapo 2 pole unit from home depot? are they really that crappy?