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Old 08-06-2009, 01:18 PM   #1
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I want to install three dedicated electrical lines from my garage to power different appliances in case of outage. In the past I have run cords but hate the hassle and problems with closing my door. I would have three outlets that I could plug a male to male cord from the generator to the receptacle. Do I need a special receptacle like a 20 amp single or would a normal 15 amp duplex work? I wouldn't be running much more than 50 feet and using 12 gauge wire.

I know there may be better ways to power the house but I only really need my sump pump, refrigerator and a heater and lamp so a few receptacles around the house would work fine for me.

I appreciate any comments on this type of hookup.

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I appreciate any comments on this type of hookup.
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Don't do it like that you can really hurt someone if not on your end if someone was working on a utility pole you could back feed and hurt them.
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NEVER use a "male to male" cord. The ends can be lethal.
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Don't do it like that you can really hurt someone if not on your end if someone was working on a utility pole you could back feed and hurt them.
Let me clarify this since I seem have caused some confusion. This three receptacle system would be INDEPENDENT of my power system and therefore could not hurt a lineman since no juice could leave my home. I understand that a male to male connector is dangerous but is less dangerous when first plugged in a powerless receptacle prior to being plugged into the generator.

I'm sorry if this was unclear but my system is really little more than a fancier extension cord setup from the generator and I thought would also pose less of a tripping hazard.
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Still a dangerous and stupid thing to do!!!!!!!!
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At least use an "inlet" instead of a cord with two male ends.

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Let me clarify this since I seem have caused some confusion. This three receptacle system would be INDEPENDENT of my power system and therefore could not hurt a lineman since no juice could leave my home. I understand that a male to male connector is dangerous but is less dangerous when first plugged in a powerless receptacle prior to being plugged into the generator.

I'm sorry if this was unclear but my system is really little more than a fancier extension cord setup from the generator and I thought would also pose less of a tripping hazard.
What would power those circuits while the utility is on? Sounds like those circuits would be generator-only then if you have no connection to your home wiring.

If you only want to run a few circuits from the generator, it's not that hard to do this the right way. You can get a 30A or so transfer switch, and wire your generator-powered circuits through a little subpanel off the transfer switch. It's easy, probably only costs an extra $100, and avoids the ridiculous use of double-male cords, which are like the physical manifestation of stupidity.

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