Choosing the Right Generator
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Installing a transfer switch involves splicing into the main cables feeding your house and is a mandatory safety precaution to protect utility workers. If your generator happens to be feeding power into your home while your main breaker is still switched on, it will deliver unexpected, phantom power to the utility lines. Work crews might have switched off incoming power to your area to complete work safely, but power from your generator would be hitting them from behind. For more safety tips, see “Four Generator Safety Tips” on Page xx.
We’ve all seen how vulnerable the electrical grid is to major weather events and overloads, and that’s the reason I like the security offered by a backup generator. Choose your equipment well, keep it in good shape, and it will provide peace of mind that you simply can’t get in any other way.
Steve Maxwell has had some shocking experiences with generators. He’s been a hard-core do-it-yourselfer, builder and writer for more than 20 years. This article was originally published in Mother Earth News (www.MotherEarthNews.com).
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