Smartass had written this in response to
I have posted pix, as suggested by Peter D, at my Comcast personal website:
Let me know if these links work.
I think you can see that what I have described IS possible. You’d be
surprised at what’s possible in darkest Washington; the US Snail doesn’t
even come here, despite the fact that I’m next door to an elementary
school, an intermediate school and a high school. I guess it is rural,
though; my neighbor shot a bear in his yard last week.
It’s a GE model 2---probably bought from a salvage store when the house
was built in 1972 (at least that’s when the carport cement was poured). It
does appear to be wired in accordance with GE’s diagram. The only
inspection sticker in my panel is for the septic system circuit only.
PeterD, I don’t see how a 15 amp generator can be “beyond the wiring of
the house”. The only real problem (aside from code violations) is that I
can’t disconnect the 220v circuit breakers from the pole without also
disconnecting them from each other.
As for calling an electrician myself and billing the slumlord: I need to
tiptoe around such matters to avoid having my rent raised. I’m only paying
$435/month for this 18’ x 36’ wood-frame shack; that’s because I’ve always
paid the rent on time for 6 years. (I also have to spend about $10/month
on HEPA filter cartridges to control the black mold.) The slumlord is
asking $550 for the newly remodeled 16’ x 30’ house next door; he’s been
planning to put me in the little house and remodel this place when he has
enough cash. Living on so-shallow security, I can’t afford to pay more;
they say there won’t be any COLA this year or next.
Bill, instead of buying a contractor extension cord, I might want to make
a “Y” cord with a 240v male plug for the generator and two 110v male plugs
to be connected to wall outlets on the two phases of the house wiring.
Alternatively, I could short the two phases of the house wiring together
(temporarily, of course) while the “main” breaker is off and connect the
120v generator output to a single wall outlet. That would power everything
I need except for the heaters and range. I could use a kerosene space
heater, plug in a hot plate and bathe with a pot of hot water.
PeterD, you gotta be kidding about a separate wiring system for the
generator! If and when he remodels, it would make far more sense to put in
a new panel with a provision for connect a generator to it. I have seen a
panel with a recessed male 240v socket right on the outside of the box;
you just plug in a regular male-to-female 240v extension cord from the
generator. I think this socket automatically disconnects when the regular
power is restored or when you switch on the main disconnect; ideally, it
should not be possible to have both the main and backup turned on at the
For now, all I want the landlord to do is install a disconnect. I don’t
care if he puts one outside the house or if he replaces the panel. Either
way, I know he’s gonna schit a brick over the expense, and the last thing
he wants is have the place inspected.