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Re: Generator problem

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Aaron Ford

07-26-2013 06:21:34

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Provided he is backfeeding a 220v receptacle, connecting the two hots on each line and the neutral to the neutral, then there should be no problems. I use a ground which serves to ground my generator frame through the house ground. It sounds like your friend has one of his phases connected to the neutral of the backfed receptacle. Remember that 220 is two 110 lines 180 degrees out of phase. The neutral exists to create a differential of 110v on either leg. Measured across the phases you will see 220v but either phase to ground will only show 110v. Check your wiring and I am sure you will find the issue. Oh and be sure to disconnect from incoming power as others have noted because while getting your generatr blown by the power coming on would be bad, it would be worse to injure a utility worker that wasn't using his personal grounds.


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07-28-2013 11:20:43

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 Re: Generator problem in reply to Aaron Ford, 07-26-2013 06:21:34  
I side with Aaron.

I also run my gen set trough a welding plug in my shop to power the whole farm in a power outage,.. never had a problem.

My utility company's lineman said it was OK to do so but JUST MAKE SURE TO SWITCH THE MAIN BREAKER AT THE TRANSFORMER POLE OFF!!

For safety reasons it is better to use a transfer switch and i would but these things are expensive at $600+ and in my area only avalable trough a qualified electrician if he also gets to instal it.

It will be a cold day in h3ll before i fork over 2 grand(incl de switch) to get this switch installed.

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07-29-2013 14:17:13

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 Re: Generator problem in reply to bison, 07-28-2013 11:20:43  
Hey Bison. Where is the neutral current flowing ?

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Billy Shafer

07-29-2013 10:27:42

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 Re: Generator problem in reply to bison, 07-28-2013 11:20:43  
Your lineman just set himself and his company up for a lawsuit.Anything goes wrong and the lawyers find out he said that. They will be all over him and his company.

600+ may be costly. But it is a lot cheaper than paying for the damages you cause. When you forget to throw the main. Also shutting off the main does not remove you from the grid.

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07-29-2013 09:34:13

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 Re: Generator problem in reply to bison, 07-28-2013 11:20:43  
The type of cheapskate that cares for nothing or nobody except their own pocket book. And they can brag about being above the law.

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07-26-2013 08:15:06

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 Re: Generator problem in reply to Aaron Ford, 07-26-2013 06:21:34  
What phases? It's a single phase generator and plug. It's Line 1 and Line 2. What neutral on a 240V welder plug? There is line 1, Line 2 and ground.

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