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Wiring generator to shed panel

I purchased a pre wired shed that has a small panel in it. The panel itself has a single bus bar for neutral and ground, and two hot rails. Currently all the circuits in the shed have ground and ...
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Why is fuel leaking from the carburetor on my generator?

i have Honda clone gx 160 Chinese generator, fuel is leaking from side which is attached to intake of head, i have cleaned carb checked the float. float is working properly. i have sucked air turning ...
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connecting bulk propane to generator

I live in a rural area and have a ~125 gallon propane tank on a concrete slab that is serviced by a mobile propane delivery company. We use it for hot water, the gas range, and our forced air heating ...
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Breaker Feeding a Transfer Switch

I have 200A service, but I want to add a whole house generator (GENERAC 17k) that has a 100A transfer switch. I plan to use a seperate 100A load center after the transfer switch for the backed up ...
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200A service to 100A transfer switch?

I have 200A service but, I want to add a whole house generator (GENERAC 17k), but my transfer switch is only 100A. Can I add a 200A subpanel (NEMA 3R 12-space with 200A main) on the outside of the ...
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I have a buried wire for a generator in my shed. Is there a safe way to reverse the feed to power the shed?

My current setup: Main panel has 60A 240 breaker that feeds Generator subpanel which has 10 circuits on it. The Gen Feed to the subpanel comes from buried 10-3 in my shed. That works well for running ...
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Manual Transfer Switch to power Main panel and Sub panel circuits

I had installed a Reliance model 31410CRK manual transfer switch, which has 10 individual circuits. I happen to have a Main panel, and a Sub panel which are a few feet apart. The Sub panel was ...
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Natural gas line sizing with generator addition

I am looking at installing a standby generator that uses ~320cfh of natural gas. My utility company said I will have to have a bigger meter installed as I already have ~250cfh of potential usage with ...
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50 champion generator plugged into a Generlink 40 Amp Meter Mounted Transfer Switch

Hello and thanks in advance, I would like to buy the Generlink 40 Amp Meter Mounted Transfer Switch but my champion generator puts out 50 amps. Will this overload the switch. I know it will only let ...
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Why won't my furnace complete the startup sequence when powered by a portable generator?

We recently had a power outage that lasted several days and the house was down to 41 degrees and expected power restore was several days in the future. I purchased a 3500 watt (5250 starting watts) ...
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Can I back feed my panel with a lower amp breaker than the service inlet?

I believe I can run my whole house off my current generator 3500W/4000Max if I don't use the electric stove and oven. The generator subpanel has power meters for both legs, which, even when my oil ...
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Two Breaker panels, one transfer switch?

I have two breaker "panels", one is a 200 amp panel for everything in the house, and a separate one (with a different meter) that is just for my electric cold water heater, right next to the other ...
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20 year old GenTran Switch Totally Dead

Just picked up a new generator after 23 years using the same one. Had to change over the three prong 220v plug in with a 220v twist plug. Been over a year since using backup power. Plugged in the ...
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backfeed generator to house

Can I backfeed my home with two suicide cords, 110 each? I do not have a 220 gen, only 110. I do not have any 220 outlets in the house. Have natural gas for furnace and dryer and water heater. House ...
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Should I Ground a Generator Powering an UPS?

My inverter generator's manual states that "If this generator will be used only with cord and plug-connected equipment, National Electric Code does not require that the unit be grounded." I am not ...
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Is it safe to connect two extension cords to reach 75 feet to a generator?

For my generator? It's a duromax xp4850eh with one of those 240v L14-30 outlets. The inlet is about 75 feet away from where I want the generator to sit outside. Because of voltage drop concerns, I ...
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How can I loosen a hard-to-reach square nut whose holder is broken?

I've been attempting to disassemble a generator at work to replace the starter cord. Being a suitcase-type generator, it's proved to be excessively painstaking. However, it's almost apart - I just ...
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Standby generator

I have a house in Newfoundland, Canada and 5 years ago I had the power turned off before I moved to Ontario, and the power company removed the meter housing and cable from the pole to the house. It ...
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Backfeeding Cord

I know, I know I shouldn't do it, but I just built a cord to backfeed my house with my generator (120v 20A, 3550w). One side plug is a 3 pin lock plug that goes into the generator and the other side ...
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Generator to house hook up

I have a 6.5KW generator and wonder should I use the 120V 30 amp receptacle to hook to house panel or the 240V 30 amp receptacle?
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Interlock and backfeed setup with NEMA L6-20

Am starting to put a generator setup together. I'm planning on setting up an interlock and backfeed breaker into my panel with an outdoor receptacle for the gen to plug into. The issue is this. My ...
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Is it code-legal to backfeed both legs of a 240V panel from a 120V portable generator?

My question is very similar to this one (Can I plug a 120 volt generator into a 240 transfer switch with a modified cord/connector?), but I'd like to know whether DDS's answer is code-legal under the ...
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How to figure out max Watt rating for transfer switch?

We bought a home with a transfer switch installed (seems old, can't find any documentation for it anywhere on the internet). I'm trying to buy an appropriate generator, but am not sure how high of a ...
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Why does my generator throws 220 volts to one leg when put under load

My generator when running showed proper voltage on both the 220 and the 110 outlets, and when wired to a house panel during a power outage it reads the proper voltage at the panel. However, when I ...
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Hooking up 2 generators through an ATS

I live off grid (limited solar) and am trying to hook up two generators through a Kohler ATS (RXT). My goal is to use the smaller (8kw) gasoline powered generator on the "utility" side and the larger ...
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Add new main load center for EV charging

I need to add an EV level 2 charger. Among other reasons, I just overloaded the garage circuit, frying a GFCI outlet when charging my BMW i3 and golf cart at the same time. I'd like the wiring to be ...
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Tripping of generator GFCI 30amps breaker

I am trying to hook up my generator directly to the load center or control panel. To switch my supply from utility grid supply to my generator supply I'm using a double pole 30amp, 240v breaker. With ...
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Alternator health check

I am restoring a fairly old alternator, single phase, 4 poles, 230V, 8kVA, cos phi=0.8, 50Hz @ 1500 RPM. I measured a couple of resistance values and I am wondering whether the alternator is healthy (...
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Question on backfeeding generator [duplicate]

I have a 50amp gillette generator 9000 watts. My question is if i put a adapter to go from NEMA 14-50P to L14-30R with a nema 30r back feeding through my dryer plug would that be safe running a 50 amp ...
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What is this electric plug called?

I need to buy a replacement for a twist-locking electric plug that looks like this: Picture of the socket: Searching online I can't seem to find anything that matches. The closest thing I found are ...
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Generac Generator with Carrier Infinity Heat Pumps

I've signed a contract to install a Generac 22.5 kW whole house generator and transfer switch in our home outside Boston. Our home has Carrier Infinity 3 ton heat pumps installed on the first and ...
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20 kW generator overkill for a home?

I see 20kW backup generators advertised for homes, but this seems like total overkill, or maybe my math is wrong? According to my energy bill I use about 400 kW hours of electricity per month. So, ...
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How much does it cost to run 24kWh on my diesel generator?

I've got a generator, and I'm wondering since my monthly usage is 719kWh how much would it cost to run the house per day if fuel is $4/gallon?
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Add electrical generator breaker to service box

I have the service panel pictured below and I'm trying to add a Generator Interlock breaker to feed my house via a generator. I'd like to have a manual transfer switch inside the fuse box where I can ...
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Passing a generator extention through a wall for use in a power outage

When the power goes out and I use my generator I am currently running an extension cord through a cracked door from the garage into the house, down the basement stairs and to my sump pump (which is ...
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Does “inverter generator” mean I have a pure sine wave generator?

I know that inverter alone can be "modified sine wave" or "pure sine wave", the price difference is huge. Does this apply to "inverter generator"? When these companies market it as "inverter ...
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Electrical question on floating neutral generator for emergency use

There is tons of information on "bonded neutral" and "floating neutral" generator wiring to transfer switch. However, I have one question I cannot find the answer. I recently bought a Reliance ...
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generator backfire

my generator has 12HP Honda . It sat all winter . Started up first pull last year, this year pulled and cleaned plug after it would not start . Pulled cord, had a backfire and did not start? Had ...
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“power buffer” in front of generator for peak power shaving?

I need to do some work off-grid, and I only have a 1000W generator to drive my power tools, which easily draws twice that (and probably more when starting up) when cutting steel. Instead of getting a ...
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Bring portable generator in through automatic transfer switch

I currently have a portable generator, an inlet, and an interlock on the main panel to backfeed the panel. I am moving over to an automatic transfer switch with a standby generator. However, as a ...
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Efficiency of diesel generator running a geothermal heat pump

I'm looking at a 40KW (continuous) Kubota Diesel generator for whole house backup in a sustained power outage of a week or two. Everything in my house is electric, including the heat, and the house ...
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Will a consumer UPS clean up power from a conventional genetator

I have a DeWalt DXGNR7000 generator with a bonded neutral. I’m okay with house wiring, the fine folks here on Stack helped me out with that. However, I know that these types of gensets create 60hz ...
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7500 KW generator and a 30 amp line

I'm about to wire for a 7500 KW Generac generator which is something my nephew has already done. In his case the system was wired by an electrician using a double pole 50amp breaker at the panel and ...
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Automatic transfer switch for honda eu7000 generator?

Is there a reliable automatic transfer switch for the honda eu7000 generator? I'm looking for something that automatically starts the generator without any user intervention. We have a manual ...
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what to mount my generator on

I recently purchased a portable closed hyundai electric generator for home use, 6,3 kva, 8000se, diesel. The generator is on wheels. I have put it in a well ventilated storage shed more than 15 feet ...
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Feeding half the panel with generator?

Maybe I could get some help? I bought a 8.5kW (10kW peak) generator and made a 6ga. cord with L14-30 plugs—one for the 240v on the generator and one for the inlet box. Inlet box is wired to the ...
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Generator tripping GFCI breakers in main panel

I recently had some electrical work done on my home to bring it up to code - there was no GFCI protection in the kitchen or bathroom when we bought the house, so our electrician fitted GFCI breakers ...
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Proper way to plug in generator cord?

I recently purchased a Champion portable 5500W generator for use with my home's existing transfer switch. It has the familiar 30A L14-30R circular twist lock connector on it, that I use with a 40ft ...
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Generator fuel consumption

I'm considering getting a home standby generator. I have an existing small propane tank that's only used for a gas fireplace which is rarely on. I'm trying to figure out if I need a bigger tank. My ...
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Storing energy from small wind generator to power led garden lights

I want to create a small wind generator using a bike generator (se picture) to power some led garden lights during the night. I have so far created a 1m in diamater wood propeller and a rotating ...