Can you wire a electrical cord with a male attachment plug at both ends, and plug into a receptacle and a generator, for electricity in the house during a hurricane power outage?
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
You could call it “good ole Yankee ingenuity” or “white trash engineering,” depending on whether you approve or not. But, either way, it’s both dangerous and illegal. Here’s three reasons why:
1) It’s against code. The National Electrical Code [NEC 406.6(B)], states that “no receptacle shall be installed so as to require the insertion of an energized attachment as its source of supply."
2) Potential fireworks. If the main breaker in the service panel is not turned off, or inadvertently turned by back on while generator is still connected, when the local utility power comes back on there will be an explosion in the panel.
3) It’s a "dead-man’s plug.” Anyone who does not know that the cord is a power source will be shocked by touching the bare prongs if they touch them when they pull it out.
The correct way to power your home through a portable generator receptacle is to connect it to a breaker in the panel with an overlay plate between the generator breaker and main breaker that makes it impossible to have both on at the same time. See our blog post Why did my generator hookup get tagged as defective by the home inspector? for more on this.
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