Generator to wired shed help


Old 02-03-01, 03:11 PM
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We have just had a shed built on some property which has no utility service. We have a new generator (4500) and want to wire the shed in a way that we could just plug the generator into a socket on the outside and be able to plug some lights, tools, etc. in on the inside. What do we need for the "outside to inside" conversion, and do we need any kind of breaker box when using a generator?
Old 02-03-01, 03:43 PM
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YOur generator probably has an overcurrent device that can also be used to satisfy the disconnect requirement. Don't forget to drive a ground rod as a source of grounding for this separately derived system. Also you can us an SE cable 4 wire from the panel in the garage to a weatherproof j box outside. Install a twist lock plug rated equal to the maximum output of your generator with a weather proof cover and a weathersheild to protect the plug in while in use and unattended. Then make up a hard usage 4 wire rubber cord with a male plug on one end to match the twist lock receptacle you installed on the side of hte building. Then install a male plug matching the receptacle built into the generator. Be aware whether the receptacle output of hte generator is 120 volt or 240 volt rated as the output and wire the panel to accomodate that voltage. Start your generator and let there be lights.

Now if you install Utility powered electricity to that building then you must then install a transfer method to separate the generated power from the factory supplied power [utility company] to avoid any feed back to their lines from your generator.

Hope this helps


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