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Judamonster
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Powerhouse brightness

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I have a black powerhouse that I lit today and it seems dimmer than most of my older lanterns. Is this normal or do I need to start troubleshooting? It was over burning the mantles. I had 1 cheap chineese and 1 coleman mantle on. The fuel air tube is clear.
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Re: Powerhouse brightness

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I'd check the generator
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Re: Powerhouse brightness

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If it were me I would just let it run try getting a tank or two of fuel through it, you might be surprised by just running it could do for it. I've had a couple that improved especially a mil-spec, sometimes they just need to get nice and hot. If theirs no implement then I would think about replacing the generator.
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Re: Powerhouse brightness

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I did take the generator apart-was able to clear inner spring but outer spring is stuck- I did wire brush it. I will try letting it run with a heavy sea foam mix, maybe with fresh fuel (fuel I used has been in there at least 10 years). May hove lost some kick-smelled good. I bet the valve/eccentric block is restricted. May break loose with time. I have a 288 that runs terrible for an hour or so, then it farts? and runs great.
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Re: Powerhouse brightness

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Low tank pressure is often a cause of low output.
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Re: Powerhouse brightness

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After a while running with a heavy seafoam mix something let loose and tons of fuel poured out from the valve nut. I tightened that up (alot) and she is good to go. Must have been working loose for a long time and just gumming up as it went. Bunch of green crud/gel came out.
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Re: Powerhouse brightness

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Check the air tube too for obstructions
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"After a while running with a heavy seafoam mix something let loose and tons of fuel poured out from the valve nut."

Seafoam ruin an O-ring?
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green crud is what I find in the jets of my motorcycle carb. ethanol gasoline.
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