I just built a pole barn (36 x 48). I put clear panels on one side 2
feet from the eave to allow light in during the daytime hours. This
seems to work great. I will use this mostly for storage of my RV, lawn
mower and etc. But what if I want to work on my RV inside at night?
Running an electric line is too costly. I want to be able to use my
generator for the rare occasions. I want to be able to plug my
generator into an outside outlet and have it feed an outlet, or 4, and
a couple lights. I don't want to run a wire under or thru a door/
How would you do it?
You don't feed an outlet. You feed an "inlet". From a generator store, or
electrical supply, you can buy a "flanged inlet". From the flanged inlet,
you can feed all your internal wiring. Here is a link to one in a rain tight
I'd put something like this switch on my panel box-
and plug my generator into this inlet;
[I'm spending your money here, but I'd go with the 50amp over the 30
for $20 even if it was mine]
I guess I forgot to start with my first thought. . . "Do it as though
you already have power to the barn. That way when you [or the next
guy] brings power to it, everything is ready."
I'd do it up to code with a couple 8' grounds- I might pass on the
If this was a 10x12 garden shed I'd say 'go with an extension cord. .
. . but it is a 36x48 pole barn fer cryin-out-loud!.
*Install a flanged inlet outside that feeds into a small electrical panel
inside. From the electrical panel I would run my wiring (EMT probably in
your situation) to outlets and lights. If down the road I wanted to run a
feed from the house or the power company transformer the interior wiring
would already be in place.
Sounds like a good plan.
Add Jim's ground rods.
Make sure receptacles are GFCI protected.
Neutral and ground must be bonded. I assume the generator does that. The
generator ground has to come in through the inlet as RBM indicated.
The panel sounds like what I want to do. It seems with all the other
suggestions, that is THE way to go.
Gorunding rod.....grounding rod, where did I put that
grounding.......seriously, I already have one to install.
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