generator connection to main panel


Old 11-27-12, 08:14 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 2
generator connection to main panel

I need help in connecting my generator the panel.
I have a 3500 watt single phase portable generator. I would like to connect to main panel.
I am thinking of connecting it to the panel with iterlocking and back feed. But I need to power both sides of the panel so I can selectively run lights and appliancess as I need. My total usage is less than 2000 watts and I have no 220 appliance, all are 120. Do you think I can split the hot at the generator plug means using a 4 wire connection to the panel two wires from hot, 1 neutral and one ground.(I alredy have 4 conductor wire and want to use it) Does this idea work?
Sponsored Links
Old 11-27-12, 09:27 PM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: NJ - USA
Posts: 43,446
Yes.....this idea will work.

For further information read this thread on generators.
Old 11-28-12, 03:48 AM
chandler's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 39,968
I am more of an advocate of doing it for the long term and using a transfer switch, and not using an interlock and backfeeding.
Old 11-28-12, 05:31 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 2
Thanks. The idea of having an interlock is the flexibility and the freedom to choose.
Old 11-28-12, 07:55 PM
pcboss's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Maryland
Posts: 14,354
You are going to be limited with only 3500 watts to run anything.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes