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How to Prevent Generator Overload and a Tripped Circuit

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.

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Electrical Project: How can I set up a small generator to keep my essential items powered up?

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A smaller generator may still be helpful if you follow this method for your home electrical requirements.

The Process to Reduce the Load on a Smaller Generator

The goal is to prevent the generator from overloading or the voltage from dropping which can lead to a damaged device, especially power sensitive electronic devices including Computers and Televisions, basically anything with electronic circuitry.

Large devices or equipment such as an electrical water heater, all electric clothes dryer, range, cook top, or oven  Рthese devices require a great deal of electricity and if the generator is not substantially large then it would be best to turn these circuits off and not use the devices.

How to Prevent Generator Overload and a Tripped Circuit

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