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Posted by andre_54005 on September 13, 2005, 4:53 pm

Richard wrote:
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How do you 'backfeed' a house?
I can understand backfeeding the grid, or feeding the house.  So
backfeeding the house must mean energy was flowing from the house to
the generator.
Andre' B.

Posted by Richard on September 14, 2005, 2:41 pm

On 13 Sep 2005 09:53:47 -0700, andre_54005@yahoo.com wrote:

You cable the generator to a 220V outlet which then feeds the panel
backwards, rather than the panel feeding the outlet under normal

And, as everyone knows, make sure you leave the main open so you fry as
many linemen as possible.  Well, that's what most of the geniuses here
assume will happen to everyone who uses a generator in this manner.....LOL!

Posted by Gail Storm on September 15, 2005, 7:17 pm

I do not have a generator but in reading the various posts I have a question. If
you backfeed and leave the mains closed wouldn't that destroy the generator when
the power was restored? Just curious, Gail Storm.

Posted by Ignoramus9118 on September 15, 2005, 8:09 pm

The above makes no logical sense. Most likely, that person mixed up
the open and closed state of the breaker.

To "fry linemen", one would need to keep the main breaker closed.

Yes, it would.

An even more likely consequence would be your generator trying to
power your neighborhood, and thusly stalling or popping its breakers.


Posted by Richard on September 15, 2005, 9:00 pm

On Thu, 15 Sep 2005 20:09:54 GMT, Ignoramus9118


Yep.  I typed that out so quickly I got the terminology wrong.

I would think there would be a good chance of fire, never mind just
destroying the generator.

I my case, there are 5 other houses sharing the same transformer, so it
would surely overload the generator immediately.  However, I have yet to
test that and never will.

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