As another poster said, you can search the group
archives. My thoughts include.....
* During a power cut, gasoline is in very short
supply. Use as little electricity as possible. The
power cut may last several days longer than your
Be considerate of your neighbors. Plan your
power usage so you can shut down by 8 PM or so,
the neighbors kids will sleep better.
* Generators are a high theft item. Chain it
securely. Preferably also chain next to it, a
large dog with AIDS and attitude. Put ear plugs in
the dog so it doesn't go deaf.
Generators pump out carbon monoxide. Run it
outdoors, a couple feet away from the house. At
7:30 PM, Let the generator cool, and bring the
generator indoors, and keep it securely locked.
* As to your question, a transfer swith, power
inlet, and proper cord is the way to go. With
mains and back feeding, there is a risk that some
unskilled person wrapped a wire around something,
and you may kill a lineman. If you think no one
does goofy wiring, read this list for the last few
I would never in a million years reccomend, or
approve of back feeding. In my case, during the
four day power cut of 2003, I unwired my furnace
from the circuit, wire nutted a 3 wire power cord
onto the connections from the furnace. Ran
extension cord under the front door. Zero chance
of back feeding. Of course, I used a lot of flash
lights and battery lanterns, because all my usual
lights were dark.
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