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Old 09-06-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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Hello, I've recently bought a new house out of town and I would like to hook up a backup generator to the house in case of outages during winter and such. Now I have several gas fireplaces in the house for heat (No way I'm gonna try to use the heat pumps) and I'm only planning on using the back up power for selective things; fridge, lights, hot water, and tv (can't go without my football :p) ect.

There is an old shed about 100 - 120 yards from the house. It has a 60 amp breaker supplying power to it. Now I never use the electricity to the shed so I want to use the underground wire and at the shed end install a hart lock plugin for the generator and in the house wire up a transfer switch.

The Generator is an 8000 watt generator running at 240 volts. and I would have it on a 30 amp breaker. Now my only question is the distance. I don't know the gage of the wire running between the house and the shed but it was tied into a 60 amp breaker in the house. So is it at all possible to run 30 amps on that wire with that distance without having any problems at all?

Thanks for all your help
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Old 09-06-2009, 02:49 PM   #2
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If you used a 30 Amp breaker, then a #10 wire would be sufficient. 8kW produces more than 30 Amps, so you might want to use a 40 Amp breaker. That would require at least a #8 conductor, however.

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I wouldn't run the T.V. especially is it cost big dollars.

Portable generators have dirty output power.

This means all electronics in your home will take a beating from there voltage.

If you got to have you big flat sceen T.V. on, then you might want to
look into a power conditioner.

You best go back to the geek squad, and tell them that big ass T.V.
I purchase, better work fine off my cheap generator.
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