Post-hurricane: if one wanted to correctly restore power to electric circuits with a generator, what should one consider when connecting the generator to circuitry?

  • Disconnect circuit from power company
  • Ensure all paths are rated for current drawn

I do not intend to drive high current devices like the heatpump, stove, microwave, etc. Lights, boxfans, cellphones.

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    Making sure that some knave can't accidentally connect your generator to the power grid? – ThreePhaseEel Oct 7 '16 at 11:40
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    A more permanent solution, would be to install a transfer switch and generator inlet. For a quick solution, extension cords plugged into the generator will get you up and running. – Tester101 Oct 7 '16 at 12:17
  • Unless this is life-critical, I very strongly recommend a transfer switch. Not having one poses a risk to other lives. – keshlam Oct 7 '16 at 12:40
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    If you do not purchase a transfer switch a breaker lockout device would be a good idea. Like this they screw on then close. that way no one can accidentally turn the breaker on. – Ed Beal Oct 7 '16 at 13:10
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    Do NOT do anything until you've read the User's Manual completely and are absolutely sure you understand it (and understand the dangers related to 120 or 240 VAC power lines) – Carl Witthoft Oct 7 '16 at 13:21

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