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Old 09-21-2012, 10:21 AM   #16
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and by the time we could afford to have an electrician come out, it would be far too late. We will just have to live with what we can do for now, because like i have been saying we have until December 31 to get this house live-in-ready. Im not too fussed over any particular thing, as long as its safe.

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Old 09-21-2012, 10:23 AM   #17
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Firsttimer, you are confusing basic electrical terms. Voltage is similar to the amount of pressure in a hose. Amps or current is the amount of water that is flowing or could flow through a hose.

The 100 amp breaker does not mean that your panel is 120 volts only. It only means that you could only use up to 100 amps of power before the breaker was overloaded and could trip.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:25 AM   #18
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If your parents truly know about electrical, have them look at it. But make sure that they aren't the common type who "know just enough to get someone hurt".

Or, call and electrician.

Or, take the time to learn about it yourself and then go over it carefully.

By the way you are saying things like "100 volts" and "volts or amps or whatever", it's clear that you don't know much about what's going on. DIY is fine and there are many people here that will help you. But you have to commit to learning the basics first.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:35 AM   #19
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i dont have to have them look at it, they hooked it up. The only thing i needed to know was whether to have the individual circuits open or closed when we flipped the switch for the main after they hook up the power pole. I dont really care enough about electric to worry about learning the terms, as long as its done safely and i know enough to be able to reset a breaker or turn off the main power or hook up a generator to it, im perfectly happy. in the future i will most likely call an electrician if we need one, but right now we just dont have the money. We have 2 grand left and we still need to redo plumbing and subfloors, we just dont have it.
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i wish there was a cheaper way to get the materials but the cheapest subfloor ive found that isnt particleboard is still $30 a sheet. Add the furniture, plumbing, steps to the door, and the deposit for the electric and water, and we are cutting it very close. We very well may end up living there sitting on lawn chairs and eating off milk crates for a few months.
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When you turn on your main after the utility has hooked you up anything that is plugged in and turned on will be energized at once. This could be rather dramatic if for some odd reason this was the case and there was enough stuff coming on at the same instance. Also, you have determined there is no dead short when the generator powered everything and did not blow its breaker. Rather risky way of checking, but you got by with it. I hope careful attention to detail was used in the replacement of outlets and switches. Wires can eventually pop out of hastily applied wire nuts. And I ain't going to harp on about how DANGEROUS it is to hook a generator to the mains, you've been told.
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yeah i didnt want to check the electric that way but that is my father, he does what he wants and since the house doesnt belong to him, he doesnt care what happens to it. Just like repairing the roof over the bathroom, he wants to get up on the bedroom end and walk the length of the roof to fix a hole exactly one foot from the other end. I dont want him to do that since i dont want any more leaks, but he will anyway and if it causes a leak he will shrug his shoulders and say oh well and i will have to pay for it. its just how he is. i am very lucky he didnt burn the house down trying to hook up that generator. What can you do.
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OP. Can you please provide the following information. I guarantee a remedy within a few hours.

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Old 09-21-2012, 11:18 AM   #24
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The real danger of hooking up that generator is more for the linemen that may be working to restore power somewhere. When connected to the mains it will energize their equipment too and possibly kill them.
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All I can say is that when I do this sort of work, I *know* everything was wired properly and I *know* everything will work properly! (Because I have taken the time to learn how everything works and how everything should be wired.)

If I need work done on my teeth, I go to a dentist. Because I would not know what to do!

Or if I have a medical problem, I go to the doctor. Again I don't know what I am doing, whereas he does!

And I needed a trailer hitch welded. I took it to the welder. I don't know how to do that. A trailer hitch coming off due to an improper weld would not be a good thing! (I prefer someone who knows what he is doing do the work...)

Books on electrical wiring can be found at a local library or book store. Or here...
http://www.buildersbook.com/
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yeah i didnt want to check the electric that way but that is my father, he does what he wants and since the house doesnt belong to him, he doesnt care what happens to it. Just like repairing the roof over the bathroom, he wants to get up on the bedroom end and walk the length of the roof to fix a hole exactly one foot from the other end. I dont want him to do that since i dont want any more leaks, but he will anyway and if it causes a leak he will shrug his shoulders and say oh well and i will have to pay for it. its just how he is. i am very lucky he didnt burn the house down trying to hook up that generator. What can you do.
I am truly sorry to hear about your dad's attitude towards you.

I've learned over the years that having bad help is worse than having no help at all.

Since this is going to be YOUR mobile home, you might want to consider asking your dad to slow down so that you can get it done right the first time.

As an ex firefighter, I've seen what bad electrical fires can do to a house.

I strongly suggest you are absolutely sure of all electrical work that is being done by you and your family, even if that means having a single lamp hooked up to your generator while you are checking wire connections.

Good luck
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I'll bet he hooked up the 240v from the genny to your panel. Being in a mobile home you may already have a transfer switch. If it worked fine on the genny it should work fine with regular power. Having said that...... every post you put on here scares me just a little more. Save up and get a real sparky there to look at thing as soon as you can.
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andrew: yeah thatll happen somewhere around April
allthumbsdiy: I trust their work, my parents have remodeled stick-built houses, campers, and mobile homes and they have always bought fixer uppers and replaced the wiring, so i trust their work. But i might be the only one there when the power company arrives, so i needed to know how to handle that.
Billybob: Again, i trust their work, they know what they are doing.
Polecat: If for some reason we needed a generator after the power lines are attached, i would not attach it to the power box, i would plug in a few things directly to the generator and just use it, forget the house wiring. If i needed that i would most likely just plug in the fridge and a heater or fan, no biggie. And again, in the case of a storm capable of causing an outage, i would not be staying in the trailer.
JV: Yeah ill get right on that.
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...Again, i trust their work, they know what they are doing...
If they know what they are doing, then not to worry!
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not worried about the quality of the work, i never was. the only thing i was worried about was how to power up the trailer once the power company arrives. If my parents are there, it wont be an issue, if they are not there, then i needed to know whether or not to shut off all the breakers first.

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