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[aprssig] 3' snow emergency dumb idea...(response)

Rick Green rtg at aapsc.com
Mon Feb 8 18:21:05 UTC 2010

On Mon, 8 Feb 2010, Bob Bruninga  wrote:

>>> that way my 12' male-to-male "emergency power"
>>> cord could connect the two directly...
>> Shame on you!... a totally unsafe practice such as this.
> I do not see anything unsafe about it.  Never any exposed electricity.  Any fool can do it.
> 1) Turn off main breaker
> 2) Plug in male-to-male into house
> 3) Plug in male-to-male into car inverter
> 4) Turn on inverter switch.
  Just when you think you've made it idiot-proof, they go and breed a 
better idiot...

   Simply forgetting step one could be lethal to your neighbor, or the 
utility lineman working to fix the problem properly.  That's why such 
'cheater cords' are illegal everywhere.

   It's not difficult to do it properly.  My local big-box home store 
stocks a generator interlock kit for current-model Square-D breaker panels 
for only $38.  That and a hard-wired inlet pigtail with a male twistlock, 
and a double-pole breaker will set you back less than $100.  For older 
models or other brands, kits are available from interlockkit.com for $150, 
which is almost as expensive as an external transfer switch, but much 
easier to install.
   An enterprising and talented DIY'er like youself can probably get enough 
information from looking at the pictures alone, to roll your own for less 
than $10 worth of aluminum.  The most difficult part is finding the 
step-shoulder screws to allow easy sliding of the interlock.

Rick Green

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