With another blizzard heading our way, we needed to protect our generator from the elements. So, we built a quick (under three hours) and functional generator box out of scrap OSB. There are generator boxes on the market that cost $500 – $800. Most are made of steel, with doors for the starter and outlet panel… but we don’t mind starting it up and placing it into the box. The dimensions are (17″H x 24″L x 16″W).
It may not look flashy, but it works, and it didn’t cost more than $10.
Since we were pressed for time, we just added a 1-1/2″ hole on the front for the extension cord.
We added two 1-1/2″ holes on the side in front of the generator’s air vent. We bought extra used hinges for $1 at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore last summer. The lid is over-sized to help repel the snow.
The back opening is generous for the exhaust. We added the extra scrap from the back panel (which measures 17″H x 16″W) as an awning. It is screwed into a 13″ 2′ x 4′ at an angle with 2-1/2″ screws.
We left a little extra room inside to accommodate the Econo-mode switch, and other outlets… just in case.