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"Double ended male 'adapters" are illegal, dangerous, a fire hazard, and
possible immoral.' "
There are other reasons to avoid male/male plug-ins.
Double ended male adapters are not in any way "illegal", nor are they in
any way a "fire hazard". They can be used in ways that would violate
electrical codes, but that does not make them illegal, and not everyone
lives in areas with codes either.
On Mon, 05 Jan 2009 17:03:27 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
For safety, you need one of those special "safety" main breakers. This
breaker senses when you start a generator, and trips 5 seconds in
advance. Precognitive breakers like this are available at electrical
supply houses (not Home Depot) at high prices.
And after your kid plays with cord and fries himself, while you are out
hunting for more gas to to top off the generator?
Stuff That Can Kill You (or Others) is no place to take hillbilly
shortcuts. Do it right, or do without. If you can't be bothered to make
a proper hookup, there is always the old standby of cords through the
window, and an old towel to keep the rain from coming in.
And not allowed in North America or Canada and most parts of Europe.
Also, it's nowhere near as easy as flipping a switch on a Transfer
Swith. Make a misake with a live plug in the dark and you may be done
Using a house outlet for more than its rated current, such as a
generator would place on it, is also a serious fire hazard just waiting
for an oppourunity. And since gensets have two 110 outputs, have fun if
ou even plug them into outlets on the same breaker - you'll lose your
genset and probably some wiring with it, if you're lucky.
It's actually a numb way to do it. You only get half the circuits
energized. If you have a 220 volt outlet on the generator it's a total
waste of time. If you are thinking about it now, you can plan for a
failure by installing a 220 volt adapter and switch over box.
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