Frequently Asked Questions
New and Updated about: Home Generators
Question from Sal, a Homeowner in Stillwater, New Jersey
Connect a Plug for my Generator
I want to install a male and female connection on the power line to my home oil burner so in the event of a black out I can plug into my gas generator. Problems: Maintaining polarity on the plug and outlet. It seems that I have to reverse the connection- brass for black wire – silver for white wire. Ran into the same problem on the extension cord when I cut the old plug and outlet.
Sal, make sure the oil burner has been wired properly. The wiring connections to the generator should be standard and not reversed, so if there is a problem connecting other equipment to the generator then we should make sure and check the equipment out to prevent problems with other equipment that may be connected to the generator.
Question from Raymond a Handyman in Pembroke Pines, Florida
Should I make an Cord or Plug Adapter for my Generator?
I have a 50 amp plug to hook up to my old generator to my home. My new generator has a twist 4 prong 30 amp plug on it. Can I make up an adapter from my 50 amp plug to my new 30 amp plug? I would like to keep both options open if possible.
Raymond, to avoid confusion and standardize the wiring to your new generator you should consider changing the old cord connection to the new 30amp plug.
Electrical Question from Ron about Generators
Background: Ron, a Homeowner from Portland, Oregon.
Question: I have an inverter generator. I recently purchased a TV that has an internal battery and internal charger that can be charged either AC or DC. When I plug the TV into the generator it will run off the internal battery but not the generator. This is listed as a possibility in the user manual. My question is whether or not I can plug an AC to DC converter into the inverter generator and run the TV on DC which will allow the TV to run and charge. Thank you.
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Thanks for your electrical question Ron.
You will have to look at the power specifications of the output of the DC supply on the generator and compare it with the power requirement specifications of the TV to see if the two are compatible or not.