wwhitney wrote:jjeff wrote:Another thing I use my 14-50 garage outlet for is back-feeding my main panel from my 40a 240v generator.
Don't do that. Install a manual transfer switch or breaker interlock, along with an inlet. That avoids the use of suicide cords and provides greater security against killing linesmen.
"suicide cords" I knew I'd get called on that carpet for that
Truthfully I've not used my "new" (2 year old now) 40a generator for this purpose. I tried it a couple years ago with a 20a 240v model and it worked quite well, just had to be very aware of what was turned on and I flipped off at the breaker all the 240v circuits. I do NOT suggest this back-feeding for anyone not totally aware of the dangers or how to avoid them
I mainly got the generator to power my Leaf in case of an extended power outage, luckily my power has been very stable since getting the Leaf, it wasn't always this way.