Ok, I accquired a basically new generator today. It's proabably 5 years old, I don't know... Only been ran 2 or 3 times and then sat. It was given to a friend of mine who is somewhat of a small engine mechanic (he's the superintendent of a golf course) and he could not get it running a year ago but I thought I'd have a go at it. First thing I did was drain the fuel, remove the carb and took bowl off carb and thorughly cleaned every orafice with carb cleaner and compressed air. I was real careful to get everything clean! I also checked the plug, which is new, and while it was out I sprayed a little engine fog in the cylinder since it has been sitting so long. replaced plug. I changed the oil, reassembled the carb and added some fuel. both fuel valves are ON and there is fuel getting to the bowl, I can take the bowl off and fuel pours out and I can stop the flow by pushing the float up, so i know the needle valve is ok. Yes I made sure the kill switch was in the ON position... BUT when I try to start it I get nothing, no attempt to fire with choke on or off. If i give it a shot of starting fluid it will start on the first pull and then die after about 2 seconds. Obviously it's just not getting fuel, right? But everthing is clean and fuel is flowing, so i'm guessing the carb is not picking it up? bad diaphram? (if it has one, i don't know how to get to it...) If anyone has any bright ideas i'm open for suggestion! I paid 150 bucks and helped haul and cut tree limbs on the golf course for a few hours to pay for it. Priced a new one comparable size, around $1,200 So if I have to just take it to the repair shop I'm still not too bad off, plus if the power goes out I'm set!