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[aprssig] Generators and LPG Conversion (was APRS in NOLA)

Dave Baxter dave at emv.co.uk
Fri Sep 2 11:38:32 UTC 2005


Sorry, but I have to say this, and sorry to shout...

NEVER EVER IN A MILION YEARS USE A PLUG..PLUG LEAD TO POWER A HOUSE (or
any other site for that matter) FROM A GENSET, OR OTHER TEMPORARY SOURCE
OF POWER!!!!

It's SO dangerous as you wouldn't believe.

If you want to do that sort of thing, fit a propper inlet connector, and
change over switch so you can reliably isolate the utility supply from
the house/genset, or the genset from the house/utility supply, or
trouble WILL happen at some point.  The result at best is a burnt out
genset, at worst is DEATH!!!!

Again, I (and any other competent electrician will say this)  DONT DO
IT!!!   If your utility company ever find you doing that sort of thing,
they will almost certainly prosicute you for it too...

The risk is, that you may feed power back into the utility supply, and
injure or kill one of their people, or other member of the public...
One mistake is all it takes!

Take care..

Dave B. G0WBX.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org 
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org] On Behalf Of Wes Johnston
> Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 12:20 PM
> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Generators and LPG Conversion (was 
> APRS in NOLA)
> 
> Although this is drifting OT a little.... I have a portable 
> gas genset for which I made a double male 220v plug.  I 
> placed a 220 receptical behind my house in the middle of the 
> U which is defined by the master bedroom and back porch.  
> This permits me to run the genset so that it can't be heard 
> from the street and (hopefully) won't be stolen.  In Hugo in 
> 1989, my parents and I ran their genset in the garage simply 
> plugged into the welder outlet in the garage, but could never 
> leave it unattended because we were worried someone would 
> steal it before we realized why the lights went out.
> 
> Wes




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