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  • You Tube

    Interlocks are garbage and a waste of $$ … Its for those that can't remember to shut the main OFF before back feeding generator power .. and vise versa

  • You Tube

    Here is a grand idea …
    Flip all the breakers ON so that every outlet is active, just turn OFF all devices that are not needed … Just turn on devices as needed, this way you don't have to go up and down to the basement to flip breakers on and off …
    Just because the outlet is active with 120V, does not mean there is something pulling power, just because your TV is connected to the electrical outlet and its powered OFF does not mean its pulling power.
    Most if not all devices when powered OFF pull little to nothing power wise and not even worth worrying that it will overload the generator ..
    My home is 2k sq ft and everything and i mean everything left plugged into the electrical outlet BUT POWERED OFF only pulls like 15W … As i start to turn stuff ON, then the load starts to climb….

  • lemans 350

    I've had to replace main breakers that didn't turn back on or one leg would not go on after the homeowner turned it off. So make sure your main is in good shape

  • Edwin Storz

    Easy enough…..this time, when my Power Co. turns my power off, for paying my Bill, i can turn it back legally, with Receipt in hand.

  • William Stephens

    Yeah, dumbass we heard the dawg, what about wave converter??? You should build a generator sound containing shed to keep the generator secure and out of the weather

  • J. Rainwater

    How is this easy? I bought 4 feet of 10 gauge 3 strand wire. Stripped it to expose the 3 wires and screwed a self making plug to those wires on both sides (cut the wire into 9 inch sections). Then an extension cord can have a plug on both sides. Plug that shit into your wall outlet. Bam power. Then if you're brave turn that particular breaker on. Now with every breaker off you can slowly start adding more breakers to the draw.

  • Chad Portenga

    What do you need to do if your generator (Honda eb500i – inverter) has a bonded neutral-ground along with your house panel? Because of the dual bonded N-G in generator AND house, the GFIC on the genset trips.

  • tractorboy31

    My moms one friend had her house remodeled and added a second kitchen for use with the room she rents out but had a sub panel installed. The new fridges outlet comes from the sub panel instead of the main panel. She has a 6 110 circuit transfer center since the gen only does 20 amps 220. City house with natural gas. Dont know of 220 lines other than hot tub. I personally would do just a 30 amp breaker for me to use but i know this is proper. I have a 7500 generator for my welder but when i get my own place a gen plug in is up high on the list or simpler a plug for welder and a suicide cord temporarily. I know of a few friends that use suicides safely but one is an electrician other is very knowledgeable in electric

  • Jeff Funk

    Screw the dogs/animals and stay focused on the topic you are trying to make. Nobody gives two shits about the dogs.

  • David Maloney

    You should sleeve the wire with a plastic pipe where it goes through the wall to the plug. It could get damaged by the brick and mortar.

  • Poor Redneck World

    How is an easy safe way to use a small generator to run only a Well pump??? Want to run water on a property that gas a well but no power at this time

  • cyclist01222

    This is pretty much what I do minus the extra breaker , outside connector and child proof piece of metal… much simpler and cheaper than your set up.

  • blueknight

    In my personal opinion, if you're going to spend the money on a generator, do it right the 1st time. Buy one that can run your whole house and buy the transfer switch. If the power is out for a few weeks because of weather or whatever, it's going to be a giant pain in the ass to keep flipping switches every time you decide to run a different appliance or heater/ a/c. I would prefer to run everything I normally would when commercial power is on.

  • William Santiago

    Did that 5000 watt gen in your video power up your home's ac unit? Thank you for the video. Thumbs up on your video buddy.

  • The jukebox

    Safety tip : When you turn the main breaker on. Make sure all other breakers are off. Then turn on the main breaker. Then turn you other breakers on one at a time. This method prevents a serge of power through the main breaker.

  • John Clyne

    Well, there was a lot of redundant information in your video.
    That being said. There are several areas not addressed in your video.
    First off, there is no mention of a ground grid or rod? I have a similar set up with a 30 ampere/240 volt breaker to back feed my panel. Mine was installed by an electrician.
    The generator itself needs a ground to dissipated any static build up after it’s been running a while. This is especially important if your refueling with raw gas. A spark could lead to a deadly explosion.
    Second, just so everyone understands? If you have anything that is plugged into your house electric that is micro-processor controlled? Those costly appliance will need clean 60 cycle power. (An inverter generator should be used if you have any new appliances or furnace or A/C). Otherwise all your efforts will be for naught. You’ll be making an expensive trip to Lowes to replace everything the generator burned up. The Coleman generator featured in the video is for power tools & incadescent light bulbs ONLY. 5000 watts is deceiving. That would be maximum power. Any significant motor load would surely draw that down for a few seconds & quite possibly cause other load to not come on?
    If you had an old style Kelvinator fridge with incadescent light bulbs you should be fine? Otherwise buyer beware.

  • RD

    I like how you keep referencing "your electrician" because generator wiring is not a DIY project no matter how many times your neighbor says" electrical work is easy I got a book from Home Depot"

  • Mr. Natural

    How is that easy if your hiring an electrician? $$$ Might as well have them install it correctly with a simple transfer switch.

  • Azycray

    I have a 5k diesel generator in my shed that exhausts out the roof and has a transfer box in the garage, where my panel box is, the power cords are buried under ground between the two. But, for smaller setups there is also a method very similar to what you presented here. To get the cord from the generator into the garage I installed a 2" PVC pipe through the wall so extension cords could get inside, then a rubber cap seals it off. Slit an X into the cap and you can push the cords through easily when needed. Next make a double male end pigtail that will allow you to plug an extension from the generator into an outlet, pay attention to what order you plug if the generator is running because the male end can be hot if plugged in the wrong order. If you want to power to both sides of your panel you will then need an outlet to plug into for each side or if say your fridge and furnace blower are on the same side of the panel one may be all you need. Everything on that side of the panel will have access to power realizing your generators limitations and using accordingly. Don't forget to turn off your main breaker first so you don't back feed power outside your house. This way, other than making the double male pigtail, no electrical work would be needed unless you don't have an outlet that is on the same side of your panel you need powered. Then you would have to add in an outlet which is easy if your panel box is accessible. Also, I would let the generator run right inside the shed. No one is going to be in there while it runs and with the door open it will be easy to go in and shut down when needed. This will keep it covered during inclement weather which can go hand in hand with the need for a generator.

  • Danny

    Here in Canada there is a Canadian Electrical Code but each province has it’s own Electrical Code with differences and variations from the Canadian Electrical Code. Also there are differences and variations among the Provincial Electrical Codes. You have to follow the Provincial Electrical Code for the province that you are in along with all the rules of the Electrical Inspection Authority for the province. Not sure about other provinces or about the US but here in Ontario if you are the homeowner and want to do some electrical work in your home, you do not have to be an Electrician but you need to take out a permit for the electrical work you are doing from the local Electrical Inspection Authority. An Electrician also has to take out a permit do this but since the homeowner is usually not an Electrician, the Electrical Inspection Authority will charge you considerably more for the permit at least twice as much. The permit will be in the homeowner’s name. Once the work is done you can schedule and inspection and if the electrical inspector is happy with your electrical work, he will approve the work and you are good to go. Once again, you have to be the homeowner to do this and you cannot do this for someone else’s home.

  • Greg W

    You can fab this breaker disconnect up with just a piece of aluminium bar an hiring electricians is for whimps. haha This is the way I wired my generator into the panel and the best part is if you have it ready you'll never need it. I wired mine up in 2016, put a natural gas kit on it and never needed it since. If anybody is planning to purchase a generator this fall I ordered mine new from a dealer on eBay, free shipping an no tax. I look for 99.5 % feedback or better an you shouldn't have any trouble. That's a big savings on a generator.

  • Scott Falkner

    You still have your generator tied to the system neutral supplied by the utility company this way which is still a back feed situation. If you have a problem with your service due to a storm this presents a dangerous situation trying to reconnect service to the company circuit. I saw a lineman fall off a pole in Okla City when he tried to reconnect the service neutral while the generator was running even with the house meter pulled. Man did the sparks fly.

  • David Miracle

    I like simple ways of doing things… I'm on the desert near 29 Palms, Ca. My computer says it will be 114 today (Sept. 4. 2019). There's a good chance the power will go off because of some equipment failure (I've lived here 43 years –so I know what to expect). I have a Honda inverter generator that's able to run one small through the wall A/C, my refrigerator, and a small freezer. I simply drilled a hole through the kitchen wall, inserted a power cable, use extension cords, and I'm good to go. It's not very elegant, but it suits my simple brain and does the job.

  • MeltingRubberZ28

    When jogging breakers on a live panel you are supposed to stand off to the side, turn your head away, and close your eyes. If you blow a breaker and there's an arc flash you'll be thankful you did

  • EivinSukoi

    I am amazed how most people are so afraid of DYI in this country, thinking that 110 volts from their electrical panel will kill them . Here in the USA we are sorrounded by snow flakes , people with no balls , or expertise., who need to travel to third world countries to learn how things get done . I do most of all my electrical , and home repairs following building codes , unless I have to pull a permit . So to all the snow flakes , grow hair on your chest , and star doing your own home upgrades , stop sucking on your mom"s tities .

  • arad67

    Everything looks good, except for the storm part: you gotta have a rainproof enclosure for the generator, otherwise you'll be in trouble, electricity and water don't mix well, you said it, right? Also, the receptacle outside in which you'll plug the generator should be pointing downward for the same reason. When you have a bad storm or a hurricane (like sometimes we do here in South Florida) the rain comes at you at almost any angle . There are receptacle models that are built pointing downward.

  • Charles Coaston

    Ok I have a Murrry 200a and it doesn’t have the room for that interlock however, I’m using this to power the house with electric already off.

  • ksw12667

    The biggest and most important step was missed. There should be a separate ground for the generator. I understand people think it is grounded through the cord and the house ground. This is a very dangerous assumption. A ground rod should be driven into the ground and the generator should be connected to it.

  • Trend Investor

    Is an interlock switch legal everywhere in the United States? I would suggest checking with your local codes department and/ or power company to ensure that this would meet local electrical codes.

  • Joseph Burkhalter

    I have used this interlock system for 3 outages so far. Simple to install, I did it myself. I moved the generator breaker up under the main breaker, moved the two 120 v breakers to where the generator breaker was. That breaker was installed by the electrician when we built the house. The heavy duty plastic interlock device is designed to mate with various service panel manufacturer’s product. They are made for all common breaker panels. Cost is about $20. Instructions provided.

    The cost of a transfer switch professionally installed alone will approach the cost of the home 5000-7000 watt generator. Labor will probably be about 2-3 hours for the electrician who will estimate a half day minimum.h. Or maybe more !!!!!!!
    Good luck


  • Joseph Burkhalter

    Add this to the Above comment………I installed one of the Reliance transfer panels to my daughter’s home. It comes with special breakers that do not require the normal transfer switch breakers and works well. Power fails, start the generator. Gives you an ammeter reading for each leg of the power line from the generator. The only drawback is that the circuits served by the generator are preselected and can’t be easily switched. The entire service panel is not hot when on the generator like the interlock sliding device is used. It is easier for the wifey to use than the interlock panel because she cannot screw it up picking out the circuits to activate or shut down in an emergency. I label each circuit to deactivate before starting the generator. Tell her to temporally turn off any large loaded breakers as the generator comes up to full capacity. Before picking the system you want to install, reread my messages and watch the YouTube videos again. The sliding interlock system is by far cheaper, easier to install and more versatile. The transfer switches are easier for the housewife to understand and activate. All are safe. In an emergency power outage, the line crews are going to throw a direct short across the incoming power lines before working on them to check for illegal generator hookups and that will probably blow your home generator off the line. This was confirmed with a major power company.

    Good luck


  • soylent green

    Switch all your interior lights to LED and they will draw very low amps and that will leave more power available from the generator for things in the house that draw a lot of power.

  • K. R. V.

    Ok thanks for the easy explanation. However there is a great need to keep the generator dry! That shed may be used, but a heat proof platform must be use, preferably a concrete pad to secure the shed to. Plus a couple vents, one in the highest point of the roof, then two down low, one close to the generator and another on the other side of the shed. These will help greatly in venting the Exhaust fumes and hot air that will accumulate from the generator, that will naturally rise up and hopefully out the roof vent and a natural movement of cooler air drawn in through the bottom vents. Of course it’s very important to know when the generator is running DO NOT spend any time in the shed! Another advantage of running the generator in the shed is that will help lower the noise! Especially if you add insulation board against the walls when you build it! I’ve built what looks like a dog house, that keeps my generator away from the weather, plus with the added insulation board added to the insides all around and over help quiet the noise so much you can’t hear it inside the house at all! I have an intake vent for the engine, plus a small computer cooling fan, that feeds outside air to the engine cooling fan, plus another blowing out the roof vent. But they are only needed for a warm weather emergency. The same system I had set up at our home up north never needed the fans running during any snow/ice storm emergency, due to the low ambient temperatures. But now down here in Central Florida? I’m willing to bet they will be needed!

  • Don A

    Tip, gasoline powered generators, work very well, when ready to go back to utility power, turn off gas to gen, and run her dry till she stops. The gasoline these days will gum up carberators fast. Sea foam, additive not a bad idea either. Happy generating.

  • Donald Smith

    I start my generator before I do the other things. That lets the generator to warm up some before it gets the load. The generator works better when it has a min or two before the load is connected.

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