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

w2pi at optonline.net w2pi at optonline.net
Fri Sep 2 14:12:47 UTC 2005

Dave's right - unless your house is separarted from the incoming line by a transfer switch or relay, you could be feeding power into the lines that someone is trying to put back on a pole. This is one reason to NEVER assume a downed power line is dead.

Also - be careful where your exhaust is going - many of the deaths following storms are due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The garage may not be the best place to put your generator.

Paul, W2PI

----- Original Message -----
From: Dave Baxter <dave at emv.co.uk>
Date: Friday, September 2, 2005 7:38 am
Subject: RE: [aprssig] Generators and LPG Conversion (was APRS in NOLA)

> Sorry, but I have to say this, and sorry to shout...
> HOUSE (or
> any other site for that matter) FROM A GENSET, OR OTHER TEMPORARY 
> 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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