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Usually if a generator sits for awhile, it will lose its polarity. A quick check for this is to plug in a drill, start the generator and turn the the voltage on has if to use it, then turn the drill chuck has quickly has possible. This action re-polarizes the generator unit. I would also make sure the circuit breakers are seated down.

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