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Neighbor gave me a B&S 5500 watt generator.......Needed some work, recoil was broke, as was the frame and engine wouldn't start.....Got all that fixed, am debating what to do with this thing. I may sell it or keep it in case the power goes out, so I can keep the fridge, freezer, water pump etc going......Thing is, I am not sure how you would hook it up to the electrical circuit of the house. Can you just plug the output of the generator into a wall plug and the power would go back to the main panel and travel throughout the house? What would happen when the power came back on etc?

The power rarely goes out here......
If I do sell it, how much do you think its worth?....



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Dude man............don't ever plug it into the wall outlet of your house!!! It could send power back down the line to someone working on it.....YOW!!

Living in the mountain area a few years back the power was out alot. My furnace had a plug you just ran to an outlet for power. Since this was the main issue, I would unplug the furnace, run an extension cord to the outside and to the generator. You could also run another cord to the fridge if necessary.

5500 is a nice size. Could handle 40-45 amps max. (5500w)
120v = 45.83 amps.

Mine was around that size, IIRC, and I sold it for around 200 bucks.....biggrin

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Dont plug it directly into a receptacle.
You can build a junction box that ties directly into the 220 single phase sevice for your house and either it can have a throw switch or an auto switch box. A bit pricey retail, but shopping around can yeild an affordable unit.
I have two 5500w units that seem to drop rpm when the fridge or freezer kick in so I modified the governor on each to give the pulling power past the surge point and it works well.
Mine won't pull the spin cycle on the washer if the load's kind of heavy so you may have to wait on laundry if the power is out for a few days.
Normal daily usage of lights, computer, TV, and all the everyday stuff will usually burn about 4.5 to 5 gallons of fuel. Starting generator at 5:30 in the morning 'til 9:30 or 10:00 at night.
Sometimes, depending on usage, 6 gallons.
I had to rely on soley generator power at the house for a while so the nueances of running one for the household is quite familiar to me. Power inverters at night to run clocks and night lights, etc.
Oh, by the way, don't add Lucas or any oill additives the the oil.
None of them like air cooled engines and will wipe out the rings. Everything else will look fine and be okay, just not the rings.
Other than air cooled, I still run Lucas in my vehicles.

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Good info Nitro............

If power is out........
1) Put on snow boots.
2) Clear snow from flat space outside.
3) Drag generator from shop to cleared space.
4) Run to gas station to fill empty gas can.
5) Run extension cords to furnace & fridge.
6) Fire it up & piss off neighbors at 11:00PM

Sit back & relax by the fire..........power will come back on in 5 minutes....confuse Sheesh.

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Good Advise and better than the Joke thread biggrin

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Thanks...never thought about sending power back up the line....If I do use it, I will use extension cords.....Like I said, the power hardly ever goes out here......

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Mello Yello wrote:
Good Advise and better than the Joke thread biggrin


disclaimer: I was referring to CHS's 7 point list biggrin

 



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good advice folks. the humor is cool too!

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CHS wrote:

Good info Nitro............

If power is out........
1) Put on snow boots.
2) Clear snow from flat space outside.
3) Drag generator from shop to cleared space.
4) Run to gas station to fill empty gas can.
5) Run extension cords to furnace & fridge.
6) Fire it up & piss off neighbors at 11:00PM

Sit back & relax by the fire..........power will come back on in 5 minutes....confuse Sheesh.



It be really humorous if it weren't so true.....it never fails to go that way!biggrin

 



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I have wired a plug into my 50A sub-feed for my barn/shop and will use that for my generator backfeed. Worse than the power issues others have brought up is the fact that by plugging this into one outlet you are seriously overloading the wiring to that lil outlet.. Most outlets are wired with 20A wiring and as pointed out your generator puts out 45 so things will heat up and you may cause a fire or seriously damage your house's wiring!! You need to hook this animal up to a 50A 220v circuit (at least a 40A) and before you even plug the thing in shut off your Main Panel Breaker to isolate you from any incoming power from the pole!! (Many times when power folks are restoring power swome serious power surges get sent thru to your panel and could cause more trouble.)  Then you can feed your power to the selected circuits like a couple lights/ fridge etc..  Take your wattage and look at what you need to run and what 5500 watts will supply and decide..

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Thanks ...more good info........

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Poncho I realize I'm late with the reply here, but the best thing to do with one of those portables is to install a manual transfer switch like this.
http://www.gen-tran.com/eshop/10Browse.asp?Category=VPTS

You could also use regular Double Pole Double Pole switch and just feed a sub panel with your essentials.

If you do use this Please DO NOT back feed. I work on gens every day and its just too easy to mess up with back feeding. It's one of those things, "It works, but not a good idea"

-- Edited by poncho62 on Monday 2nd of November 2009 10:21:48 PM

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