bdalzell at qis.net
Fri Aug 3 13:44:17 EDT 2012
On Thu, 2 Aug 2012, Andrew Beals wrote:
> Which is why it's commonly called a "suicide cord".
> On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 7:12 PM, Ed James <edward.james at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Oops, forgot to mention...when the power comes back on, and
>> the generator is turned off, the generator end of the jury-rigged
>> cable is now hot because the cable is plugged into a live circuit. It
>> looks like a normal ("never hot") male plug, and a slight slip-up
>> can create a not-slight problem. And quite often, after a long
>> outage, people are not at their mental peak and oopsies can
>> easily happen.
fully knowing it is dangerous what i have is a double ended male extension
cord. one end plugs into the generator and the other end plugs into a
house wall plug AFTER THE MAIN BREAKER IS THROWN TO DETATCH THE HOUSE
FROM THE GRID. Of course it only backfeeds my house through one half of
the circuits and is limited by the circuit breaker it back feeds through.
an emergency only thing.
At least this means the plug is pulled from the house as well as the
generator when not in use and there is less danger.
I need to get an electrician in to do a proper generator install with a
propane generator that comes on when the grid goes down and switches that
automatically take the house off the grid when the generator comes on.
>> Ed James
>> On 8/2/12, Ed James <edward.james at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> ...The double-male cord
>>> also has a "hot" male plug on it (the not-generator end) which is
>>> something that normally does not occur. Thus, extreme care needs
>>> to be taken so that it's never touched or dropped in the wrong place,
>>> or shorted out...
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