Working and maintaining your generator is a technical task. You must ensure that all the safety standards are met while working with your generators, and you have all the necessary equipment needed to connect your generator to your house. However, there are a couple of parts you can skip and bypass the connection to your generator. One such piece of equipment is the transfer switch. In this article, we will guide you on how to connect your generator to your house without using a transfer switch. Please keep in mind that it is an emergency measure and poses a safety hazard. One reason you may be tempted to connect your generator without a transfer switch is the cost of a transfer switch. It is a costly apparatus, and not all generator owners can afford it.
First of all, we will discuss all the things you need to connect your generator to your house without a transfer switch.
Tools: Make sure that you have all the essential tools available with you for this task. You must have a drill, wrench pliers, electric tape and screwdriver kit. It would be better if you keep your electric toolkit with you.
Interlock Kit: An interlock kit is a device that is used as an alternative to transferring switch. It is less expensive, and you can easily buy it online or from an electric store nearby. Remember to buy an interlock kit that is compatible with your generator. Please keep in mind that it is not as effective as a transfer switch, but it will still do your work.
Breaker: The type of breaker you need depends on the type of your generator. You must ensure that your generator meets all your power demands of your home. A 30 double amp breaker with two-poles will be enough to meet the needs of a typical household.
Wires: You must get wires of different colors for easy identification while working. The length of the wires needed to depend upon the area of your house, make sure to get enough cables that you can place your generator at some distance from your home.
Safety: The most important thing is to ensure that you have all the security measures in place. Get insulated gloves, protective eye wear, and work boots for this purpose. Please keep in mind that it is not the approved method for connection to your generator, and it can backfire. You must take all the security measures before getting to work. DO not use a male to male plug and do not connect the generator directly to the circuit breaker in a fuse box.
Guide for Connection
Step 1: Figure out Amperage and Plug Type
The plug is responsible for providing power on both sides of the plug. The amperage is written on the plug. You will also find some codes as well. These codes will help in arranging the material.
Step 2: Drill a Hole
The next step is to drill a hole in the wall from where you want to pass your wires. Make sure that this hole is wide enough to allow easy access of wires, and no clogging of wires takes place. You can use a drill to make a hole in the wall. If the wall is thicker, you can get help from the hammer as well.
Step 3: Completing the Connection
In the final step, you need to do the following things
- Mount the power inlet on the external wall at some distance from the drilled hole. Make sure that the power inlet box is away from your home and watertight for safety purposes.
- Assemble the conduit with the help of glue. Pass the wires from the conduit one by one to avoid congestion. Fix the wires to the inlet plug and ensure that all the connections are secure and properly tightened.
- Prepare the breaker box. Turn off the main electric supply and then branch properly.
Make sure that you do not try any method other than the interlock kit when you do not have a transfer switch. It can be very dangerous. Your generator can catch fire, your appliances can stop working, or your electric circuits can have a short circuit.