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Recently, our neighborhood had a power outage for a few days. Causing my office/bedroom to lose power completely which was a bit of an inconvenience.

Out of curiosity, I began googling about integrating a portable generator into a home. By creating an inlet and integrating it into your circuit panel, you could have it power your home without having a mess of extension cords everywhere.

Now my current electrical panel is a mess, and something I would not want to touch/nor get into. I have done some wiring inside my home to add a few receptacles, so I am not completely clueless to working with electrical. I was curious if I could reroute all the wiring for my office/bedroom into a sub panel that would connect to my main circuit breaker panel however with a inlet ran to this sub panel so that in the event of a power outage, I can power this one room.

I am not very knowledgeable of electrical codes, and am pretty overwhelmed by them honestly.

For better understanding, I drew up a little diagram. Diagram of sub panel idea

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    The basic answer is: Yes, this will work, with a transfer switch so that the generator power can't interfere with utility power. The long answer is: Harper or ThreePhaseEel or one of the other pros will give you all the details. But the basic concept is valid. – manassehkatz-Reinstate Monica Jul 3 at 4:37
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    Shoot us a photo of your existing main panel so we can see what we're working with. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jul 3 at 5:24
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    As well as a transfer switch, you need a way to ensure the generator+office is properly earthed when it has been isolated from the utility power. Also, where in the world are you? Electrical codes can vary quite widely. – Martin Bonner supports Monica Jul 3 at 9:34
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    I am in New York(U.S), Long Island to be exact. Load would consist of: Mac Pro 5,1(mainly), 2 monitors, a few chargers for an iPhone, iPad,etc, 2 Philip Hue lights, and a refrigerator. We own a PowerStroke 6000w generator currently. I will post pictures as soon as possible! – Jon Ciccone Jul 3 at 14:33
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    What is your plan for keeping that generator in fuel? Do you own a Macbook? – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jul 3 at 23:14

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