Energizing dead Generators

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Old 12-22-12, 06:32 AM
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Energizing dead Generators

I do not have a dead generator. I found this article on how to energize a dead generator.

For future reference, I was trying to find out if anyone had to do this. And if so how did it work for you?

Plus are there any other ways to energize a generator. Below is the link I found on how to energize a dead generator
 

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Old 12-22-12, 08:54 AM
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Using a suicide cord is always dangerous and never recommended. The author has also shown his ignorance of modern electrical systems by referring to residential voltage as 110v and 220v. Even his reference of left and right side of plugs is wrong because plugs don't have left and right sides. Flashing with an electric drill is okay but at least half the article is dangerous and misinformed.
 
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Old 12-22-12, 09:24 AM
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He could have put a switch in his suicide cord and then it would be safer.

Has anyone reading this ever had a generator "go flat" ?

I've been buying, trading, renting and repairing generators for years and I have never come across this problem before.
 
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Old 12-22-12, 10:09 AM
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He could have put a switch in his suicide cord and then it would be safer.
A safer suicide? I think not! Better never to do this at all.
 
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Yes I noticed him stating the 110V and 220V also.
I have not heard of someone trying to flash a generator, but was intrigued by the use of a drill.

This is why I brought it to the forum, just to see if someone had ever had this problem and if so what type of method did they try.

It is an interesting topic.
 
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Old 12-23-12, 05:03 AM
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Some older portable military generators had provisions for externally flashing the field. I used to have a flashlight that I modified for the purpose - instead of a bulb, it had two pigtails with alligator clips on the end.
 
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