Hook up over 50

A generator is a core component to many people's emergency preparedness plans.

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They typically only cover a few breakers which was problematic for me. It is National Electric Code compliant and is in my opinion the least expensive and most flexible option. In this setup you use a breaker to energize your existing breaker box. My wife did an unassisted dry run in under 5 min - which included getting the generator out of the building.

The breaker interlock system has come in very handy for us.

Again you will need to buy one that fits your breaker box. Schedule 40 electrical conduit and fittings Conduit body Conduit glue Flexible Non-Metallic Conduit and fittings (optional)30 Amp generator extension cord.

(Search Amazon for (your plug type) extension cord.)Notice how all the amperage match.

We can turn on overhead lights, wash clothes and keep our food cold, charge our phones, run the internet and much more...while keeping our doors and windows closed and no tripping on extension cords! After much consulting and over sight from a licensed 25 year Master Electrician I believe these instructions to be correct and accurate for my jurisdiction. In my place of residence home owners are allowed to do their own electrical work if it is up to code.

You are responsible for any code violations, permits or awesome good stuff that comes from doing a project like this.

If you are using a 50 output on your generator you will need a 50 amp breaker, 50 amp power inlet box, a 50 amp extension cable and 8 gauge wire. My house had an conduit old hole in the foundation. A hammer drill is extremely helpful for making one. You can see here I opted for the water tight connector. Using tapcons mount the power inlet box to the wall.

Try to get the conduit hole as close to the panel as you can. Once the glue is dry we can start to work on the wiring. Pull the wires through one at a time attaching them to the plug as you go along. Use a large flat screwdriver or a nut driver to tighten the terminals. White - Common, W terminal Black and Red - Load - either X or Y terminal.

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The white wire goes to the common bond rail in the box. Note: In a 2 wire home like mine - meaning no 3rd ground wire in the outlet box or the outlets in the home.

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