Reminder: Never connect a generator to home wiring without transfer switch

Mark Tinka mark at
Wed Aug 25 14:04:32 UTC 2021

On 8/25/21 15:59, Ethan O'Toole wrote:

> How would this not load the generator or inverter into oblivion?

Not sure I understand your question. Say again, please.

> (Just curious, I know people who use a suicide cord usually turn off 
> the main breaker.)

At the home, you typically have someone that is responsible for knowing 
what to do in case of an outage, and switching over to self-generation. 
If that person is not there, or has passed out from too many bottles of 
wine that evening, someone else might think it's just a matter of 
starting the generator, unwinding a suicide cord and plugging it into 
the wall - totally forgetting about the main breaker.

You need to make these things fool-proof. We haven't traveled in over a 
year but the day we do, it's a recipe for disaster if the person that 
deals with this stuff is on the road when the power goes out back at home.


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