Standby generator gas issues?!?!
I am going to be installing a standby generator... got all my numbers together... contacted the gas company. My current meter has to be upsized to handle the cfm requirements... no problem. Problem comes in with the pressure. My current regulator is 5-7" WC. The generator requires 7-11. All my house appliances are good up to 10.5". So, I assumed that the gas company would just give me a 7-9" regulator like I see on MANY other homes. NO! They tell me they are standardizing on installations for generators, and will only give me 1 lb pressure (28") and it is my job to drop it down from there. That does not make sense to me! Has anyone else run into this with your gas company when having a generator installed? I know older models required much higher pressure... but 7-11 is not too high... they could easily feed me 7-9 for house and generator and we would all be happy.
The gas company handled the meter and pipe right up to the stub coming out of my house when the original meter was installed... should I just go buy a 7-9 regulator and give the gas company guy a good tip to just pop it on for me when they replace the meter? OR, should I actually go to a dual regulator set-up where my generator gets 9-11 and my house stays at 5-7 where it is now? If the Kohler generator says it will work on 7-11, does that mean it will work just as well at 7 as it will at 11 or would it work better at the higher end of the range?
I would appreciate info from anyone who has been through this!