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How to Wire a Generator Cord

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Should a generator cord have 3 or 4 wires? How to Wire a Cord for a Generator, Connecting a 3-Wire and 4-Wire Cord to a Generator, Generator Cord and Connector Amperage Ratings.

Wiring a Generator Cord

Electrical Question: Should a generator cord have 3 or 4 wires?

I am wiring a cord for my generator, would you suggest 3 conductor or 4 conductor cable?

My Generator Specifications

My Generator Project

Thank you.

This electrical wiring question came from: Ray, from Costa Mesa, California.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electric wiring question Ray.

How to Wire a Cord for a Generator

wiring generator cord

Application: Wiring a Generator Cord.
Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools.
Estimated Time: Depends on the type and size of the generator output, the specific receptacle, and the available access to the project area.
Note: Generator power should always be wired through an approved transfer switch or circuit interlock device. Any part of the home electrical system must NEVER be back-fed using a cheater cord. Back-feeding is extremely hazardous for the home, the occupants and the electric utility company repairmen.
Important: Installing a generator and transfer switch must be well thought out and performed with a permit with all work being inspected.

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