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motors have a surge load upon starting which is higher than running load requirements. Use the rated amps of desired appliances or tools,that will be fine when matched with running wattage of the generator. remember Watts = Amps x Volts 5500/110 = 50 amps A couple of caveats though: older motors may not be as efficient as factory specs. Longer wire runs ...


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If you take the running watts that should be enough. The starting watts should be taken into account by the 8250 number. This is assuming every connected load will not be starting at the exact same time.


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You know what, I'm going to repeat the answer found here to the same question. Here's that answer, short and sweet and to the point: ABSOLUTELY NOT!! This is NEVER an option. You MUST use some form of transfer switch or interlock, along with the proper male inlet. Also, a male-to-male cord is called a "suicide cord" for a reason. A transfer ...


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From whence are they fed? Where will you put your interlock? I happen to have a superficially (since I know no details of yours, yet) similar setup - mine is fed from one meter that feeds both panels. I dread to think what it would cost to put a transfer switch on that feed line, so each panel has an interlock and generator input. My reasoning is that I ...


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This is NEVER an option. Sure it is. Done in farms across the land. There is nothing inherently wrong with a male-male cord. It is obviously dangerous, but only to people dumb enough to wave the pointy end around while it is plugged into a live circuit. Similarly, the transfer switch is for people who can't figure out how to turn the main breaker off. ...


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I worked as a high voltage lineman for 30 years and have seen all kinds of squirrelly generator set ups. It is never a good idea to plug your generator into your home's wiring even if your turn your main off. NEC requires that a transfer switch be used. I have seen more than a few main breakers that had failed and were still on when they showed off. If you ...


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I have used a generator backing up through an "outlet" that I also use for welding for decades; that breaker is always off until it is needed for one operation or the other. I have marked every breaker that I want to run off the generator and turn off all the others along with the mains breaker. There is no problem, as long as you do that. Of course, I am ...



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