Turn Your Vehicle Into A Portable Generator

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turn-your-vehicle-into-a-portable-generatorBattery operated tools are great, but sometimes they’re just not up to the job.  If you need sustained power at a remote location, this may be just the trick for you.  You can turn your car or truck into a portable generator – and the process is simple and for a decent price.

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One of our next projects is a second shed. We have nail guns, but not the gas driven kind.  The ones we have are all air driven and that requires an air compressor.  An air compressor requires electricity and the electricity is at the house, which is not close to the shed location.  The location of our first shed was just far enough away from the house that an extension cord wasn’t practical.  Even though we used a humungous cord (8 gauge), by the time the power reached the compressor, it just wasn’t enough power to fill the air tank to drive the nail guns.

So, the first shed went up using hammers.  Just in case you didn’t know, even in a small shed, there are lots of nails.  Lots and lots of nails.  Having an air nailer doesn’t reduce the amount of nails, but it sure helps with the amount of time it takes to drive them all.  We could have easily saved a day off the time to put the shed up with a couple of nail guns.  We fully intend to use nail guns for the second shed and we plan to do that by using an inverter installed in the back of my car.

Family Handyman article shows the full conversion.

This project hovers around the $450 range, which is about the same price as a medium-sized portable generator.  The advantage of this conversion to your vehicle is that the generator is always with you.



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