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Articles about Generators

How to Wire a Generator Transfer Switch

Updated: January 4, 2020 by: Dave Rongey

Frank in Madison New Jersey asks: What is the Basic Wiring Configuration for a Generator Transfer Switch: Each Wiring Termination must be correct for the Power Conductors of the Line or Load.



Generator Transfer Switch Using Circuit Breakers

Updated: February 11, 2019 by: Dave Rongey

Can You Make a Generator Transfer Switch Using Circuit Breakers? How to Use a Circuit Breaker Interlock Kit for a Generator Transfer Switch.



How to Wire a Generator Cord

Updated: January 9, 2019 by: Dave Rongey

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.



How to Prevent Generator Overload and a Tripped Circuit

Updated: July 15, 2017 by: Dave Rongey

How can I set up a small generator to keep my essential items powered up? How to Identify Home Circuits and Prioritize the Run Time.



Generator and Transfer Switch Sizing

Updated: March 15, 2017 by: Dave Rongey

Can I plug a 15000 watt portable generator to a 12500 watt transfer switch with out causing an damage? How to Size a Generator Transfer Switch and Electrical Wiring.



Installing a Manual Transfer Switch

Updated: October 7, 2016 by: Dave Rongey

How to Select the Right Generator Transfer Switch: How to Save Money on a Generator Transfer Switch – These two items actually work hand in hand, and the end result will actually be how large the generator will be and there are a few more options that may be much easier to install and much less costly that a large transfer switch.



Home Generator Transfer Switch Options

Updated: February 4, 2016 by: Dave Rongey

Is a manual transfer switch a good choice for my generator? Selecting a Transfer Switch for a Home Generator.



How to Ground a Portable Generator and Make a Power Box

Updated: June 25, 2015 by: Dave Rongey

How do I make an extension cord to extend the power from my generator out to a work area? How to Extend the Power of a Portable Generator.



How to Size a Generator For Your Home

Updated: May 13, 2015 by: Dave Rongey

I’m trying to learn about home generator systems for an off the grid cabin, How many watts do I need from a generator? How to Size a Generator for an Off Grid Power System.



How to Wire Switches using the Godown Method

Updated: November 24, 2014 by: Dave Rongey

Controlling Light Fixtures using the Godown Wiring Method: Warehouse Lighting Controlled by the Godown.



Connecting a Generator to a Home

Updated: November 21, 2014 by: Dave Rongey

How to Connect a Generator to a Home: Safe Methods for Connecting a Home Generator, Approved Transfer Switch, Circuit Breaker Interlock Kit, Well Pumps and other 220 Volt Circuits, Sensitive Electronic Devices and Equipment, Connecting the Generator.



Understanding the Capacity of Electric Generators

Updated: May 22, 2014 by: Dave Rongey

How to Calculate Generator Load Capacity: Basic Electrical Calculation for Watts, Ohms Law Formulas, I have a 3000 watt generator that I want to use to power a motor.



How to Upgrade an Electrical Panel and Install a Home Generator

Updated: March 12, 2014 by: Dave Rongey

Planning and Installing a Home Generator System: The complete home electrical system should be considered when installing a home generator system and transfer switch. Upgrading portions of an aging home electrical system is advisable. Here are some key factors that you should consider before attempting such a project.



Types of Generator Transfer Switches

Updated: March 12, 2014 by: Dave Rongey

Generator Transfer Switches and Generator Panels: The Basics of Home Generators and Transfer Switches



Home Generators and Back Feeding Electrical Power

Updated: January 15, 2013 by: Dave Rongey

How to Connect a Generator to a Home – There are illegal methods of connecting a generator to a home to provide temporary power that can be very dangerous, the proper way to connect generator power to the home electrical system is by providing a separation between the utility company power supply and the generator.



Wiring the Ground for a Generator and Transfer Switch

Updated: October 30, 2012 by: Dave Rongey

How to Connect Grounding for Generators: The portable generator does not require a separate ground rod, however any electrical wiring enclosure including the generator transfer switch is required to be grounded to the ground system of the main panel of the home electrical system.



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