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Posted by Nick Hull on August 23, 2005, 11:08 am

Why roll it up at all?  I use a seni-permanent #10 solid and leave it
plugged into a dummy socket right next to the one I use for xxxxfeed.

Free men own guns, slaves don't

Posted by nospam.clare.nce on August 23, 2005, 5:44 pm


If you were using a fused, rather than breaker main panel you could
connect the generator semi-permanently, and have 2 main switches -
using the same fuse cartridge, Pull the fuse from the main, and
install in the gen panel. As long as there are no spare fuses floating
atound, you are failsafe.

I only feed 2 circuits in my panel, and they backfeed through a fuse
block that gets moved from the main panel to the sub. The fuse block
when removed from the main panel isolates those circuits from the
line", and when plugged into the sub panel, connects them to the
generator. When on "line" they are on opposite sides of the line -
when on the generator(110 only) they are tied together.

Posted by Solar Flare on August 23, 2005, 11:06 pm

Switches are still required. Fuses are not load-break devices and not to be
installed without a switch ahead of them. Standard wiring rules.


Posted by nospam.clare.nce on August 24, 2005, 12:47 am


I KNOW it is not to code, but as there are no spare pull-outs, it is
ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE to connect it to backfeed. You would have to pull
another fuse block - one that is not designed to be easily pulled.

It is not just a fuse being pulled - it is a fuse holder block
(disconnect for 220 circuit)

Posted by Dave Hinz on August 24, 2005, 1:10 am

On Tue, 23 Aug 2005 20:47:55 -0400, nospam.clare.nce@sny.der.on.ca

Almost impossible, perhaps.  It's not your life in the balance though,
is it.  What's the big freaking deal about spending a few bucks to make
it safe, legal, and to code?   I'd rather drop a bit of cash and not
have to risk killing someone.

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