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

Mark Tinka mark at
Mon Aug 30 20:22:23 UTC 2021

On 8/30/21 22:13, Lamar Owen wrote:

> I have some friends who work for the local electric cooperative, and 
> all of them have backfeed stories.  Around here, which is very rural, 
> it's not at all uncommon to have a single house isolated on a 
> distribution spur; nor is it at all uncommon for some people to have 
> the 'suicide dryer cord' 'ATS' in use.  One story I heard was that one 
> individual had been a repeat offender, and several line workers had 
> gotten bit (none were injured, thankfully) by his 4KVA generator; so 
> after the repair of one outage, a line worker taught the individual a 
> lesson by hitting the recloser without letting the individual know 
> ahead of time (they had been letting the individual know that power 
> was coming back on) and watching the individual's generator, out in 
> his yard, explode from the out-of-sync condition.

As General Taylor in "Delta Force 2" used to lament, "Sh**! Always the 
hard way :-)".


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