generator connection to main panel

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Old 11-27-12, 08:14 PM
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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?
 
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Old 11-27-12, 09:27 PM
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Yes.....this idea will work.

For further information read this thread on generators.

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...generator.html
 
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Old 11-28-12, 03:48 AM
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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.
 
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Old 11-28-12, 05:31 PM
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Thanks. The idea of having an interlock is the flexibility and the freedom to choose.
 
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Old 11-28-12, 07:55 PM
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You are going to be limited with only 3500 watts to run anything.
 
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