Generator Maintenance Tips

Manufacturers and repair pros share tips to avoid the most common mistakes

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Posthole digger
  • Sledgehammer

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 5-gallon gas cans, 2
  • Oil
  • Oil filters
  • Fuel stabilizer
  • Heavy-duty 12 gauge cords
  • Large eyebolt
  • Chain and lock
  • Grounding rod
  • Ground wire connector
  • Concrete, 2 sacks
  • 4-in. plastic pipe with cleanout fitting and screw lid