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Billstigger

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Posted: 07/10/14 11:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After spending the last 2 days with out electricity and having to use our 3500 watt Kipor with a ton of extension cords, I am wondering if
the Kipor could be used to power the house. I was told by a friend that if you turn off the main breaker into the house, use a double male extension cord plugged in to an outside outlet that this would allow you to use your homes wiring powered by the genset. Of course you would have to be very careful with what to turn on to keep from overpowering the genset.
Has anyone on the forum tried this? Is it safe??? The biggest obstacle that I can see is that turning off the main breaker is critical, and you won't know when the power is restored.
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Posted: 07/10/14 11:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's not safe but I have done it. The typical breaker panel is split into two sections. Plugging the generator into one outlet will apply power to only one side of the breaker box.


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Posted: 07/10/14 11:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bad idea to use a double male extension cord. Better known as a suicide cord.
No it is not a good idea to simply turn off the main breaker.
Bes thing is to get a small transfer panel from Home Depot, Lowes or Menards. Then run your selected circuits through it.
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Posted: 07/10/14 11:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X3 on the double male cord!
Unless you do it absolutely right EVERY time, you stand a chance of back-feeding the supply and shocking a line-man!
Transfer switch is safe, secure and foolproof. Worth the money if you want to make this a permanent arrangement.


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Posted: 07/10/14 11:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm sure a lot of folks do exactly what OP wants. Main breaker off, check. As for the suicide cord, unless you're drunk or stoned or just plain stupid enough to grab a hot plug, you'll be fine.

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Posted: 07/10/14 11:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A lot less expensive and just as effective is a interlock kit.


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Posted: 07/10/14 12:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

...and only have a qualified electrician install the transfer switch




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Posted: 07/10/14 01:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Firstly, the wire connected to the outside outlet may only be 14AWG so you are limited to 15A there.
Secondly, if it's a GFI circuit that may keep tripping.
Third, as said before you are only feeding half of the main panel so turn off (open) all of your 220 breakers as well as the main.

Good luck and hang in there! Living in hurricane country myself I know what you are going through.


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x4 for the suicide cord ... no power, no problem. my lill yamaha 2000 powers a lot of things in my house, despite only half the panel being energized. im the only one that lives in my house, no one else is going to sneak into the panel and turn the main back on while I'm not looking

if I lived in tornado alley or on the east coast, were the power goes out on a regular basis, I'd spend the $$$$$ on having sparky put a transfer switch in, but one outage a year or less, I'll stick with the $10 cord I made.

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