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Safe Operation of Portable Generators

Are you thinking about buying a portable generator for emergency electrical power to your home or office during a power outage, such as during a hurricane?
Here are a few quick tips for safe operation of portable generators to help you get started.

8000 Watt Briggs & Stratton Portable Generator1. Portable generators are designed for providing temporary power to one or several appliances. The number of appliances they can support is based on the output of the generator and the power requirements of the appliances.

2. The first step in buying a generator is deciding how much wattage you need during an emergency power outage. The size of your generator in wattage is determined by which appliances you want to power and how much total startup energy they need.

See our Chart for approximate wattage needs of various appliances.
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watts of power needed chart

3. Check the rating of the extension cord that you use to connect each appliance to your portable generator. Make sure the cord is designed to carry the full amount of electrical current to the appliance.

4. Portable power generators are not designed to be run continuously, nor run inside your home or garage.  They should be run (outside)  for short periods of several hours, and then shut down for several hours before being run again.

Generac Portable Generator5. We recommend adding a fuel stabilizer to your fuel tank , and running your portable generator for at least 10 minutes each month, to keep it ready to go when you need it.

For more tips on the safe operation of Portable Generators, please see these tips shared by:

Is your portable generator not running or giving you other problems?
Black Creek Services can provide reliable maintenance and repair servicing to your portable generator.
We will help you keep your small engine powered portable generator ready to go when you need it!


Call 904.449.3986 to make an appointment to drop off your small engine powered Lawn Mower, Lawn Tractor, Portable Generator, or Pressure Washer at our Middleburg, Florida shop.
  • We also can provide pickup and delivery service for clients in our service area.

 

Fall Outdoor Power Equipment Care – Jacksonville FL

Here in Northeast Florida, we usually have mild winters, and many of us don’t even stop using our outdoor power equipment through the winter months for fall power equipment care.

For example:

  • northeastern Florida bermuda grass in the fall the lawn grows uneven and shaggy looking
  • warmer days offer an opportunity to pressure wash our home, patio, driveway, or other outdoor items
  • portable generators need to be run periodically to assure they are ready for use in an emergency

But if you are done with your outdoor power equipment until the Bermuda grass starts turning green again in the spring, the main thing you need to remember is to add Briggs & Stratton Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment to your gas tank.

  • the first step in any small engine maintenance is to review the instructions in your power equipment Owners Manual
  • next, run your lawn mower, lawn tractor, or pressure washer (outside) to get the fuel additives and preservatives that protect your small engine from the effects of ethanol damage through your engine fuel system
  • and last but not least, top off your fuel tank to prevent accumulation of moisture that could lead to corrosion

If you don’t have the time to do this maintenance on your:

  • lawn mower
  • lawn tractor
  • portable generator
  • pressure washer

just give Black Creek Services a call at 904.449.3986. We can help you keep your small engine-powered equipment maintained for a fair and reasonable price.

  • Pickup and delivery service is available, too!

Black Creek Services, Inc. LogoWhen springtime rolls around, we can also help you make sure your outdoor power equipment is ready for a busy season with a Springtime Small Engine Maintenance Service.

Black Creek Services, Inc. offers in-shop lawn mower and lawn tractor maintenance and repair for clients in the Jacksonville Florida area. For examples, we’re talking Jacksonville, Orange Park, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, and Middleburg, Florida.

We work in our Middleburg, Florida shop, where you can bring your lawn mower or lawn tractor by appointment ( just call us at 904.449.3986 to make an appointment) OR we can provide pickup and delivery service.

If you have questions, please call us 904.449.3986 or use our contact form to Contact Black Creek Services. We like to help people get their small engine-powered outdoor equipment running right again!

Black Creek Services Inc. Small Engine Maintenance Service

Koehler Command ProWhether your small engine is in a lawn mower, a portable generator, a pressure washer, a lawn tractor, or another application, based on our experience, Small Engines perform better and last longer with an annual maintenance service.

Small engine maintenance service doesn’t cost a lot  of money. It’s really more of an investment in having a reliable small engine for whatever you want to do.

small engine Briggs and StrattonAt Black Creek Services, we follow the same basic guidelines for an annual small engine service as recommended for Briggs and Stratton small engines:

  1. Change the Air Filter.
  2. Drain and replace the Oil.
  3. Change the Spark Plug.
  4. Give your gasoline a boost while protecting your engine with Briggs & Stratton Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment

As part of our Annual Small Engine maintenance service, we also look for reliability concerns like:

  • Condition of starting rope (if it is a manual, pull-start engine)
  • Condition of Battery connections (if it is an electrically started engine)
  • Missing springs or fasteners
  • Condition of carburetor throttle controls or function of governor

lawn mower small engineWe will notify you about any concerns we find with your small engine, and provide you an estimate for the cost of making necessary repairs.

We use quality parts and materials during small engine maintenance service and any repairs. Black Creek Services, Inc. has built a reputation for providing reliable, quality small engine service for people living in Middleburg, Fleming Island, Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, and all around the Jacksonville area, and we want to keep it that way.

When you need maintenance service or repairs for your small engine, Contact Black Creek Services at 904.449.3986.

Summertime Outdoor Equipment Maintenance

Troy-Bilt lawn mower cutting a lawnThe days are longer, the lawns are growing like crazy – it’s not the time to have your lawn mower or lawn tractor sputter and cough and not run when you go to cut the grass!

Black Creek Services performs maintenance on Lawn Mowers, Riding Lawn Mowers, and Lawn Tractors in the Jacksonville, Florida area. And we can perform repairs, if necessary.

Our service area includes Fleming Island, Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, and of course Middleburg, where our shop is located.

  • Black Creek Services 904.449.3986 offers equipment pick up and delivery service for people in our service area.
  • We also provide maintenance and repair service for Portable Generators, and Pressure Washers.

Black Creek Services 904.449.3986 can perform routine maintenance on your small engine-powered outdoor equipment, or repairs, as needed, to get your equipment ready to go, when you need it!

  • Cost: Payment required – Estimated maintenance service fee is based on type of equipment to be maintained.

– – Repairs and pickup and delivery service fees are in addition to maintenance fees.
– – Call 904.449.3986 for an estimate and to make an appointment for your equipment.

Contact Black Creek Services today or Call us 904.449.3986 to make your appointment to get your Outdoor Power Equipment Ready to Go when You are!

Lawn Mower and Lawn Tractor Repair Jacksonville Florida

Call Black Creek Services 904.449.3986 for someone you can trust when you need lawn mower repair and lawn tractor repair.

jungle in the un-mown back yardSome people don’t pay much attention to their lawn mowers and lawn tractors until they are ready to mow their lawn. Then, when the mower won’t start, or runs a little and then dies, they need someone to get their mower fixed and get that lawn mowed before it becomes a jungle out there.

More and more people are thinking ahead, and getting their lawn mowers and lawn tractors serviced when the weather starts to warm up and the grass starts growing again, so they are ready to go when their lawn needs a trim.

Husqvarna rear discharge lawn mowerBlack Creek Services helps people in the Jacksonville, Florida area get their walk behind Lawn Mower and Lawn Tractors running again in our Middleburg, Florida shop. Pickup and delivery service is available.

Sometimes a mower that won’t start just needs our regular Lawn Mower or Lawn Tractor Service to get their equipment running great again:

  • Oil Change
  • Blade Sharpen
  • Spark Plug
  • Filter Service
  • Fuel system check and cleaner installed

Other times, if your mower won’t start, it may need repairs.

Black Creek Services has almost 20 years experience in professional small engine maintenance and small engine repair, including lawn mower repair and lawn tractor repair. Jimmy Stockton, owner of Black Creek Services, has helped a lot of people in the Jacksonville, Florida area keep their small engines performing well and even bring some of their dead lawn mowers and lawn tractors back to life.

Zero Turn Radius Riding Lawn MowerFor most equipment, our regular Lawn Mower or Lawn Tractor Service will get your Lawn Mower or Lawn Tractor running again. And we will be just as happy as you if our Service Special is all that needs to be done on your equipment. Sometimes, your small engine-powered outdoor equipment needs some additional work to get it going again, and if so Jimmy will explain the problems he has found, and give you an honest recommendation for what work needs to be done, an estimate of how much it would cost, and what he advises for your particular equipment.

So if you live in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, or Middleburg, Florida, give Black Creek Services a call at 904.449.3986 for Lawn Mower and Lawn Tractor service and repair.

Ready for Florida Hurricane Season in Jacksonville?

Being prepared during this hurricane season in Jacksonville Florida is very important.

Hurricane Season for the United States Atlantic Coast runs from June through November.

Hurricane Season in Florida - Hurricane Fran - September 1996Waiting until you see a storm nearby in the Atlantic, or see a Hurricane Watch or a Hurricane Warning being flashed across your television or smart phone screen could be too late to protect yourself, your family and loved ones and your property.

A little preparation goes a long way to being prepared for a hurricane coming to the Jacksonville Florida area.

Please take some time to go over Hurricane Preparedness lists like the one at the NOAA National Hurricane Center.

A few minutes spent gathering resources and preparing a plan for you and your family can mean the difference between survival and sorrow.

  • Do you have a portable generator for providing emergency electrical power to your home or business?
  • Is your portable generator maintained annually, and run periodically, to make sure it is ready when you need it?

Briggs and Stratton Portable GeneratorBlack Creek Services, Inc. provides reliable in-shop portable generator maintenance and repair. No portable generator is too big or too small.

If you have a portable generator, and it needs annual maintenance, or you are having trouble getting it to start or stay running, or it will not provide the power that it used to, use our Black Creek Services Contact form, or Call 904-449-3986 for an estimate or to make an appointment to get your portable generator ready to go when you are!

  • We also can provide pickup and delivery service for clients in our service area.

Let us help you have confidence that your portable generator is one thing you don’t have to worry about during this Florida Hurricane Season.

When you call us, if we aren’t able to answer the phone, please leave your name and phone number, and a brief description of what work you’d like done.

Portable Generator Maintenance

Many people living in Florida have purchased a Portable Generator to provide some electrical power if their primary electrical service is lost.

Thankfully, for most of us our primary electrical service is very reliable.

hurricane weatherBut during Florida Hurricane Season (June through November each year) or even during a more common thunderstorm, or as the result of an accident, there can be a power outage that can last from minutes to hours, even days. And to provide a reliable backup source of electrical power, we have a portable generator.

Because our primary electrical power service is so reliable, often our portable generators can sit for months without being needed. If they are not run periodically, they may not perform when we need them.

Briggs and Stratton Portable GeneratorIt’s a good idea to have a professional service your portable generator once a year.

In addition to annual professional maintenance of your portable generator, most generator manufacturers recommend:

1.  Read and follow the instructions in the manufacturer’s Owner’s manual for your portable generator. If you do not understand the instructions clearly, give them a call; most manufacturer’s have a telephone number in the Owner’s manual, and many are toll free.

2.  Put a fresh half gallon of fuel in the generator fuel tank, once each month, and run the generator for at least an hour. Drain any left over gasoline from the fuel tank. Gas goes stale when left sitting in a fuel tank for a month, and is harder to start.

As an alternative, some people add a fuel stabilizer (such as Briggs & Stratton Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment) to the fuel in their tank, which helps the fuel stay fresh longer.

3.  Check your generator starting method.

  • If your portable generator is a manual, pull-start, check the pull rope for wear as you pull it to start the generator each month. A worn rope should be replaced so it doesn’t break when you really need that generator.
  • If your portable generator is a battery started model, check the charge on that battery, and re-charge it if necessary.
  • Some portable generators have a manual start capability as a backup for the battery starting capability, and in those cases, you should check both ways of starting your generator.

portable generator with a small engine4.  While running your generator each month, plug in a small appliance; a lamp or a portable drill or kitchen hand mixer, and run the appliance to make sure that the generator is producing electricity.

5.  Remember that Portable Generators produce exhaust gasses when they operate, including carbon monoxide with is colorless and has no odor, and can be deadly.  Always operate you portable generator outside of your home or business. And do not run a portable generator near an open window, because the carbon monoxide can blow into the home or business and endanger anyone inside.

6.  Protect your Generator. When you operate your Portable Generator, shelter it from wet or damp conditions, to prevent shock hazards from the electricity being produced by the generator (and to keep your generator from shorting out, or from being damaged by corrosion). Then store your generator in a safe, dry place, to keep it ready for use during an emergency.

7.  Generator fuel is flammable. Store fuel (usually gasoline) in a safe container, and in a safe, cool and well ventilated place that is not in the same space as where you operate the Portable Generator. Never add fuel to a generator until the generator cools down. Better to use flashlights for a while than take a chance on a fire or explosion!

Generac Portable GeneratorBlack Creek Services, Inc. provides reliable Portable Generator maintenance and repair service for clients in Middleburg, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, Orange Park, and Jacksonville, Florida,  in our shop in Middleburg, Florida.

  • Call 904.449.3986 to make an appointment to drop off your small engine powered Lawn Mower, Lawn Tractor, Portable Generator, or Pressure Washer at our Middleburg, Florida shop.
  • We also can provide pickup and delivery service for clients in our service area.

If your portable generator is hard to start, runs rough, or won’t start at all, before you start pricing a replacement, Call Black Creek Services, Inc.  at 904.449.3986 or Contact Black Creek Services, Inc. for a free estimate. Often, with some minor repairs, we can have your portable generator running right and reliable again in no time.


 

Springtime is Outdoor Equipment Maintenance Time!

Pink springtime blossomsSpringtime is such a great time of year! Buds are blossoming, the grass is starting to grow again, leaves are popping out on shrubs and trees! Time for Outdoor Equipment Maintenance!

Is your Lawn Mower, Lawn Tractor, Riding Mower, Portable Generator, or Pressure Washer ready for Spring?

Black Creek Services can perform routine maintenance on your small engine-powered equipment, or repairs, as needed, to get your equipment ready to go, when you need it!

  • Cost: Payment required – Estimated maintenance service fee is based on type of equipment to be maintained.
    – – Repairs and pickup and delivery service fees are in addition to maintenance fees.
    – – Call 904.449.3986 for an estimate and to make an appointment for your equipment.
  • We offer equipment pick up and delivery service for people in Middleburg, Fleming Island, Orange Park, and the Jacksonville area, from our Middleburg, Florida shop.

Contact Black Creek Services today or give us a Call 904.449.3986 to make your appointment to get your Outdoor Power Equipment Ready to Go when You are!

Pressure Washers – Rent or Buy?

Pressure Washers make short work of many cleaning projects.

  • Home, private owner use Pressure Washer from Lowe’s, Home Depot, or similar home improvement stores cost between $300 to $500.
  • Good, commercial grade Pressure Washers can be found for less than $1000.

Pressure Washer with Honda small engineBoth private use Pressure Washers and Commercial grade Pressure Washers may look nice, but the Commercial grade Pressure Washers are designed to last a lot longer.

Frequent causes of problems with Pressure Washers are old fuel, loose electrical connection, or the water pump.

Most private use pressure washers are built with a pump designed to last from 30 to 40 hours before the first operational problem happens. Then the bearings go out, and it locks up.

Unfortunately, the cost of a durable replacement pump is $150 to $200, and then there is the cost of labor for replacing the pump, and any other repairs to your pressure washer.

Of course, if clients just want to replace the failed pump with another one designed to only last 30 to 40 hours of use, we can do that too.

DeWalt Pressure Washer with small engineLet’s see – $400 for a Pressure Washer that works for around 20 hours, that’s about $20 / hour. If there is an equipment rental store in the neighborhood, people might save money by renting a Pressure Washer rather than buying one of their own.

But if you have a Pressure Washer and it isn’t running, give us a call at Black Creek Services, Inc. 904.449.3986.

We have over 20 years of experience with small engine repair. We may be able to get your Pressure Washer running again at a cost less than buying a new one.

Often we find problems are fuel system from sitting too long, and we can fix those relatively easily, and for not much cost.

Black Creek Services, Inc. offers reliable Pressure Washer Repair, Portable Generator Repair, Lawn Mower Repair, and Lawn Tractor Repair in the Jacksonville Florida area. We’re talking Jacksonville, Orange Park, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, and Middleburg, Florida.

Call 904.449.3986 to make an appointment to drop off your small engine powered Lawn Mower, Lawn Tractor, Portable Generator, or Pressure Washer at our Middleburg, Florida shop.

  • We also can provide pickup and delivery service for clients in our service area.

We like to help people get their small engine-powered equipment running right again!


 

Quality Lawn Mower Service in Middleburg Florida area

Is your lawn mower or lawn tractor giving you a rough time when you need to mow your lawn?

mowing the lawnIf your lawn mower is hard to start, runs rough, or won’t even start at all, you can get quality lawn mower service for your lawn mower or lawn tractor from Black Creek Services, Inc. of Middleburg, Florida: 904.449.3986.

Our prices are reasonable and competitive. If we can’t fix your problem, we won’t waste your time or your money!

We provide in-shop lawn mower and lawn tractor repair service in our Middleburg, Florida shop.

  • You can make an appointment to bring your mower or lawn tractor in (Just Call 904.449.3986) , or we offer pickup and delivery service.

small engine Briggs and StrattonMany people don’t realize that if you need to get your lawn mower ready for each new mowing season:

  • Replace the oil.
  • Clean or replace the air filter.
  • Replace the gasoline.
  • Replace your spark plug.

Many times,  just these four steps gets your lawn mower running properly again.

Let us help you be able to enjoy mowing your lawn again!

We provide our lawn mower and lawn tractor tuneup and repair service for clients in Middleburg, Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, Fleming Island, and Jacksonville, Florida.

Call Black Creek Services, Inc. 904.449.3986  for an appointment to get your lawn mower or lawn tractor performing like it should.