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Old 03-13-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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is it possible to connect my generator to power one or two circuits by using male to male connectors inserted into an electrical outlet or two (in my house) as long as they are not on the same circuit,and also making sure that my main is disconnected?


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Old 03-13-2011, 01:25 PM   #2
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What you are proposing to use is called a suicide cord. It is not a listed transfer device and its use could have deadly consequences from somone touching the energized blade or power bacfeeding onto the utility power lines.

You need to install a listed transfer device or an unaltered extension cord to each appliance.


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Old 03-13-2011, 06:57 PM   #3
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I had a week long power outage, and as an emergency measure, I considered doing this to run the furnace blower (gas furnace). Instead, I wired some romex into the furnace junction box (disconnecting the furnace from the house) with the other end wired to a male connector. I then plugged the romex 'cord' into a 12 AWG extension cord and connected it to the generator in the backyard. This worked to power the furnace and although we were in the dark, we were warm. What you describe will 'work' but has many dangers. Just install a transfer switch, is my advice.
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