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Warning! Posted by ELaw [Email] (#699) [Profile/Gallery] (more from ELaw) on Tue, 6 Nov 2012 17:16:43
In Reply to: I really should have mine wired in., Noel, Tue, 6 Nov 2012 11:54:13 Members do not see ads below this line. - Help Keep This Site Online - Signup
Any scheme like this where you use a dryer outlet or dedicated breaker to backfeed power from a generator into the panel can potentially be very dangerous and is a big-time code violation!
The danger comes if you (or someone else in your household) forgets to turn off the main breaker first. If that happens, if you're lucky the generator will try to power your entire neighborhood and its breaker will trip. If that does *not* happen, most likely you'll be feeding power out of your house to the wires at the street, potentially electrocuting someone working on the lines who does not expect them to be energized.
The "right" way to do this sort of thing is either with a real transfer switch (either a whole-house one or one that feeds selected circuits), or an interlock kit where you install a dedicated breaker in the panel for the generator, and it mechanically prevents that breaker and the main from being turned on at the same time.
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