[aprssig] 3' snow emergency (generators)

Dave Sparks dsparks at pobox.com
Tue Feb 9 12:26:42 CST 2010

From: "Richard Amirault" <ramirault at verizon.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 9:50 AM
To: <bruninga at usna.edu>; "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
Subject: Re: [aprssig] 3' snow emergency (generators)

> Ahhhh ... that works for you .. but not everyone in the country has an all 
> electric house. For instance, in the Northeast oil heat is common (I have 
> it) and natural gas is an option both for heat and for hot water (I have 
> gas heated hot water)
> Richard Amirault

Even when the energy source is gas or oil, you still have a significant 
electrical load for blowers, pumps, etc.

The biggest backfeeding threat is when the distribution line is broken just 
beyond the transformer that serves your house.  Even then, you will likely 
trip the breakers on your generator long before any lineman gets near it.

Still, it's better to be safe than sorry and to wire according to the NEC.

Dave - AF6AS

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