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Re: Generator Test Revisited RANT ALERT

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07-10-2014 07:41:41

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John I have a gen set that has only a three prong on the 110 side and only a three prong on the 220 side. How do you use a four wire set up on that? A picture would work better then words because I don"t under stand half of what is printed. LOL thanks.


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07-10-2014 09:30:22

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 Re: Generator Test Revisited RANT ALERT in reply to S2710, 07-10-2014 07:41:41  
Yo Bob, hows come youre not at Iola with the brother in law?????? I bet they are bad mouthing you this very moment??? Coming to Florida in 2015???

If you use cord and plug connected tools that are plugged into on board mounted genset receptacles you don't need anything else nor does the genset require an external grounding electrode (ground rod). It does have its Neutral bonded to the frame ya know

HOWEVER if that genset is 120/240 and if you want to use it to power your home (NOT as a Separately Derived Source), you would have to mount/attach/wire a 4 prong (3 pole 4 wire grounding) receptacle,,,,,,,,,,,,,, isolate out the 2 hots (ones that are 240) and Neutral,,,,,,,,,,,cut any frame chassis bond wire to Neutral (prob how its currently wired up),,,,,,,,,,,wire up 4 wires and a 4 wire cord as the 2 hots, the Neutral, and a new wire to the frame/chassis as equipment Ground.

Run it to your panel (with perhaps a lock out type of branch circuit breaker used to backfeed the panel or better a true transfer switch),,,,,,,,2 hots to the 2 pole backfeed breaker,,,,,,,,tie genny Neutral to panel Neutral and ground to panel ground

Im not smart enough to draw and post that as a picture

John T

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