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Briandmozy 10-26-2012 10:56 PM

Interlock
 
Hi. I'm looking at interlock kits to connect my portable generator to my panel in times of power outages and want to connect it the safe way. My house was built in 1961 and has aluminum wires. I need to know if these wires can handle the use of the generator without causing any unsafe issues in the house. Thank you all in advance

kbsparky 10-27-2012 12:05 AM

Which wires are aluminum?

Why would they not be able to handle the same thing that the utility provides?

Briandmozy 10-27-2012 06:33 AM

The wires in my home are aluminum(all wires feeding outlets). And I just have people saying to be carefull because those wires have been known to overheat.

biggles 10-27-2012 06:51 AM

the wires between the genny and the panel are the ones handling the house load in a storm condition.the exsisting house wiring(loads into panel) will be good as the house runs during a normal day/night,but being fed from the genny not the pole.lights,computers,TVs are minimal watts the refrigerator cycling is a draw,heating systems,appliances...etc.what is the wattage on the generator?

curiousB 10-27-2012 08:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Briandmozy
The wires in my home are aluminum(all wires feeding outlets). And I just have people saying to be carefull because those wires have been known to overheat.

You are no more at risk with either PoCo power or from a generator on branch circuits. They don't know where power source is from.. Aluminum installed properly is safe. It can be a problem when modified by someone not knowing the "subtle details"..

If you feed panel with an interlock kit on a dedicated branch circuit to genny you should be fine.

Briandmozy 10-27-2012 09:17 AM

Thank you everyone. The gen is 5500 and 8250 starting watts


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