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Articles about Electrical Wiring: Generators

How to Wire a Generator Transfer Switch

March 16, 2018 by Dave Rongey

The Basic Wiring Configuration for a Generator Transfer Switch: Each Wiring Termination must be correct for the Power Conductors of the Line or Load.
Neutral conductors are attached to the Neutral Terminal Block. All enclosures and equipment must be grounded and bonded. Common Misunderstandings or Mistakes when Wiring Generator Transfer Switches.

Home Generator Transfer Switch Options

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 Wire a Generator Cord

January 6, 2018 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 Ground a Portable Generator and Make a Power Box

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 Wire Switches using the Godown Method

November 24, 2014 by Dave Rongey

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

How to Size a Generator For Your Home

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.

Types of Generator Transfer Switches

March 12, 2014 by Dave Rongey

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

Connecting a Generator to a Home

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.

Generator Transfer Switch Using Circuit Breakers

March 3, 2018 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.

Understanding the Capacity of Electric Generators

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.

Installing a Manual Transfer Switch

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.

How to Prevent Generator Overload and a Tripped Circuit

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.

How to Upgrade an Electrical Panel and Install a Home Generator

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.

Wiring the Ground for a Generator and Transfer Switch

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.

How to Test Electrical Circuits for a Home Generator

September 18, 2012 by Dave Rongey

Home Generator Circuits Explained – Electrical load testing for home generator circuits can produce some puzzling results, especially when measuring incandescent lighting loads and other 120 volt circuit loads.

Home Generators and Back Feeding Electrical Power

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.

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