How to Hook up a Portable Generator to Your House!! Emergency Only!!!
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How to Hook up a Portable Generator to Your House!! Emergency Only!!!


what’s up guys all right so I’m gonna
share with you how I hooked up my panel to my portable generator in a blackout
no good electrician will ever tell you to hook up your panel like this okay but in
an emergency every electrician will hook up their panel like this alright so in
that blackout actually did this to a few houses in my neighborhood or whatever
but anyway this is how I hooked up my panel to my portable generator this is
not how you should hook up your portable generator to your house I’m just sharing
here alright what you do is your business but
anyway and at the end of this if you have any questions how you should hook
up your panel to this I will not answer any of those questions because you’re
not supposed to do this but if you ask me why I did something I
answer those but not how you should do it all right so all right so the first
thing that happened was is that I had a I had the generator and all I had was a
an extension cord okay an extension cord is great but I only get to hook up half
my house alright as far as now I have a gas furnace so a regular plug out of the
generator I can run my gas furnace my refrigerator and maybe a few lights in
my house but with an extension cord the only thing I can do is run half the
house I can’t run the whole house okay and now hooking up the way that I did I
can literally turn on everything you know but besides ovens and stuff like
that but I can get lighting and I can get my furnace on now if I turn
something on I go over I turn something else on I come back and turn it off that
way I minimize the amperage that I’m going to be using in my house I don’t
want to pop the breaker so I can only use so much power before the breaker
will pop the first thing that I needed was a
12-gauge extension cord I need a 12-gauge extension cord if I
use the regular wimpy extension cords that you know you can get real cheap I
can actually cause a fire because there’s gonna be too much load that that
extension cord is made for you know running little stuff not a refrigerator
or furnace and a bunch of light so you know the it’s 16 or even sometimes 18
gauge wires and those which means are really really small and when you put
electricity to something electricity causes heat which can cause a fire
that’s why we have you know different size wires that we use for different
sized things the 12-gauge wire is the same thing that’s the same size wire
that you would have in your kitchen your dining room or your bathroom and it can
handle 20 amps which is most likely your generator is either putting out fifteen
or twenty amp plug so you can’t see it but it says twelve AWG on here so since
I hooked up to the GFI I don’t need to use the ground as a matter of fact I
can’t use the ground because you’re grounding has to come from the source
and since my panel has its own grounding setup and my GFI will trip if I hooked
up this ground wire to the to the ground bar but I’m not worried about it just
because the GFI will trip for any shorts or it’s gonna trip before the breaker
would trip anyway so I’m not worried about that so the only two wires that I
used was the white and the black alright so the first thing I did the most
important thing that I did was shut off the main breaker okay it was literally
the most important thing that I did if I did not shut off the main breaker before
I do any of this there’s the risk that I could have shocked
myself also if the power comes on while I have the generator hooked up the way
I’m gonna hook it up I can probably damage my panel and I can damage the
generator so the most important thing that I did was shut off the main now in
my panel here this is my main I would shut it off now on some houses the main
breaker is outside and I would shut that off
literally the most important thing that I did was that after that these wires
that feed the house are not connected to any of these wires here so the most
important thing I did was shut off that main breaker okay
now the next thing that I did was I took my extension cord my extension cord
since I’m not using my ground because Bhaiji because it’s connected to a GFI
on the generator I hook up my white wire okay the white wire I hooked up to my
neutral bar this right here is my neutral bar I know this because other
white wires are hooked up to it neutral bar I hooked up the white wire that just
unscrewed that a little bit my white wire in and I screwed it back in the
next thing that I did was found out where my furnace is okay according to my
panel and I already know this this is my this is my furnace alright oh I skipped
the stuff that I did the next thing I did was shut every single one of these
breakers put them this side to the off position and then I put the side to the
off position okay so the next thing I did was unscrew that and actually just
stuck my black wire in with that one screwed it back on and then after that
was done I went outside I put I turn on my generator I plugged the other side of
my cord I had a strip I cut when I got the 12
the the extension cord I cut that one and stripped it and had about a foot of
loose wire hanging out that you saw all right so I plugged it in then I came
back to my panel and then I turned on everything that wasn’t that was not to
pull these two breakers are connected those stayed off everything that had to
pull stayed off and I turned on everything with one anything that has
one this didn’t turn on this didn’t turn on this didn’t turn on and turn down
these and I turned on all of these all of these are not gonna work because this
right here is actually connected to this one it skips this then it connects to
this skips this and it’s connect to this that’s why I was saying I only got half
my house on because those two wires are ones there ones there the first one
connects to these two the one on the right connects to these two the one on
the left goes to these two than one on the right goes so these two the one of
the lifts and so on so since I only hooked up to one this is on not this
this is on not this this is and so forth that’s why I can get half my house so
that stayed like that for a couple hours because I needed to I have a 30 amp plug
on my generator and I wanted to get the whole house on now again I wasn’t gonna
run the whole house I just wanted the option to turn on any bathroom light
that I wanted not being forced to only turn on lights that are connected to
this one line I wanted to be able to go in the bathroom turn on a light do
whatever turn off the light now also this way if you have a well it’s not
going to turn your water on because the wall is on two poles it goes
the one when I hooked up two plus the one above it I need both of those on to
turn my wall up so I went to Home Depot and I got the supplies that I need so I
got this SJ cord the reason I got SJ is because it’s smaller it’s a little
bit more expensive but it’s thinner and I needed to run it underneath my door so
I needed something thin I could have ran a so cord and all its just as flexible
the main thing about this cord is that if people step on it it’s not like a
regular extension cord it’s thicker and it’s safer in it’s like people when you
go to the carnivals or a concert and you see cores lying around it’s this stuff
it’s safer all right and this is what you should you should be using anyway
and this is what I should be using anyway it has four prongs as a matter of
fact oh and then I bought a connector this is a 30 amp connector and what I
did to know which one I need is I went out to my generator and I took a picture
of what that plug looks like that’s a 30 amp plug I would have got a generator
with a 50 amp plug but they didn’t have any that we had more power so I got the
30 amp so I went to Home Depot look at the picture and made sure I got the same
one this is pretty easy to wire all you do
is take these two screws out this whole bottom two white pieces just come out
then these two screws you screw them out and pull that out stick your wire in and
W went to the white wire G went to the green wire and then there was an X and y
now this cord this is a 10/4 sj cord or you can get or I could have got an SO cord
if my plug would have been a 50 amp plug I would have had to get a
different plug take a pic would have taken a picture went to Home
Depot got the right plug and this court would have been and 8/4 and all that
means is that this right here is a 10-4 its 10 gauge and there’s four wires
8/4 would have been eight gauge four wires
anyway so what I did is I stripped again about a foot off now this one since it’s
not hooked up to a GFI I hooked the green up and the white up to my neutral
bar now some panels that are not bonded I’m not going to explain what that means
has a separate bar over here with all the grounds or all the bare wires so
they’re either be this those there’ll be a bar over here that has a whole bunch
of green and bare wires or they’ll all be hooked up the greens and the whites
will all be hooked up to one bar mine is bonded so my green wire goes there and
my white wire goes right underneath it’s very important that I put them both
there the next thing I did since it’s wintertime is I went to where my air
conditioning is this right here is my air conditioning and I took now remember
I did still have the main breaker off all right I still had that main breaker
off and all of these were off so I took the these two wires out since it’s
wintertime and I didn’t need air conditioning I took him out and taped up
the ends or wire nut at the ends I wanted to make sure that these wires
didn’t touch anything after they were in here so I took him out and taped up the
ends actually our wiring under them and then this wire went to there this
wire went right underneath and then after that I went out and I turned my
generator on I plugged the 30 amp plug into the generator and then I came over
here and turned this one on first that’s the one with that the my 10 3 was or my
10 4 was hooked up to then one at a time I turned on all the breakers except for
the 2 pole ones I didn’t need them actually I did turn on I have a electric
stovetop so I did turn that one on and it has like five burners and I just made
sure that I just used one burner at a time and I never tripped the breaker on
my generator at all so we used one burner I had both furnaces on and I had
any light that I wanted we were watching TV
I really shouldn’t watch TV just because I don’t have a filter on this but we did
anyway we were you know four days five days that we were out of power and then
all I did at the end of it was to know that I had power afterwards is some of
my neighbors told me that they had power I took my voltmeter and checked to see
if I had power which I had none so I kept my generator going three or four
days later is when the power came on and every day I would in the morning in the
afternoon I would check with my voltmeter to see if I have power and
then one day I finally did so when I finally had power I actually had to
everything reverse so I came over to my panel and I shut all the breakers off
then I went out to my generator and I shut the generator off
generally I shut the generator off I turn the gas off they don’t that way I
don’t leave gas in the carburetor but that’s a different video
I turned the generator off I unplugged the cord from the generator then I came
over here and took the wires out screwed everything back up then I turned the
main on and then one at a time I turned all my breakers on and I had power and
then I put the dead front or the panel cover back on alright so this is how I
did it not saying for you to do it this way but you know emergency what are you
gonna do all right so this is Johnny’s tips and tricks and if this helped you
out hit the like button that helps me out
all this helps actually it shouldn’t help because you shouldn’t be doing it
this way

31 Comments

  • Mark Harris

    I know you are trying to help people, but the safest way is to use a Generator Interlock Switch. If by some chance someone forgets to turn off the main breaker the current from your generator goes back through the house power lines to the transformer and the transformer on the pole converts the one ten or two twenty current to the high voltage of 7,200 volts and refeeds the main power line that the linemen are working on and could kill them. They do make a device to attach to one of the main leads coming into the house in your panel when the device is switch on it will emit a very very loud sirene noise to let you know when the power has come back on. It is quit until the current is detected on the mainline. I got mine at Amazon. Our last storm Michael my generator ran for a week then when the power came back on it sounded the alarm and I just switched off my generator and reset the Generator Interlock Switch. I have a 14,000kw generator that is tri fuel and run it off of propane.

  • Harry Reams

    Another egomaniacal idiot babbling incoherent nonsense about something he knows just enough about to electrocute himself — which hopefully he soon will.

  • FixmyToyota

    Why is your panel filled with rainbow colored wire, wasnt done by professional? Also dude thats a live breaker box stop touching in there. Normal people please dont follow this guy. It is mandatory to cut power to house not optional or the m ok st important step.

  • Allain Hunsiker

    Why didn’t you wire the generator plug cable to a breaker and install it in the panel to backfeed the panel? Why would that not work?

  • Charles McCormick

    You forget that you also could send power down the line to the power guys trying to get the power back on ??? That's important !!!! To know

  • John S

    I'm sure you know what YOU did , but most idiots will F something up and kill someone. Probably themselves.
    It's illegal for a reason

  • JOE MAMA

    What you did may have worked, but all it will take is for someone watching this to MISS one of your "steps" to seriously fuck up. You would have provided a much better service showing people how to do it properly Using a Transfer switch, or an interlock. Please go back to gardening videos so no one can hurt themselves repeating what you are doing.

  • LectronCircuits

    Per chance a huge Diesel generator is in order, tuned to belch billowing tufts of the thickest blackest smoke, acrid beyond comprehension. Cheers!

  • Francis Bailey

    PERSONALLY I would have installed a manual transfer switch next to the main Panel, which is the way my generator back up system is set up. The transfer switch is a Connecticut Emergen Manual Transfer Switch.
    This way you can be sure that the system is completely safe to the power company and your self.

  • Bryan Martin

    Should rename this video "How to Get Yourself Killed or Set Your House On Fire". Step one should be "ask someone to hold your beer".

  • thumper88888

    I have a 2 pole breaker with the screw terminals shorted so I have 120 everywhere but no 240. I dont use it anymore because I got a 240v generator. If I accidently flip it on, it will just flip itself back off so I may leave it as a conversation starter.

  • Javier Ramirez

    You would be surprised!! I went to a job site and the BUILDER….. THE BUILDER…. hard wired the furnace to the temp pole outside using an extension cord. 🤦‍♂️

  • kirk stinson

    "No good electrician will tell you this" That's because it's illegal to do it!! And your showing people how so your still legally responsible for anyone that gets killed because of you

  • Gregory Smith

    FIRST THING TURN OFF MAIN BREAKER….then just back feed thru dryer plug with 30 amp twist lock plug.. turn off 220 breakers. now everything in the whole house but 220 works…..turn the 220 dryer plug breaker on to feed the whole panel…… so some people say..never tried it…HA HA

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