Can someone explain how a generator works?

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  1. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 3 years ago

    Can someone explain how a generator works?

    Do you hook it up to electric box or have to plug each thing directly into it? Can a generator be used on a home that is being rehabbed instead of turning on electric services?

  2. UnnamedHarald profile image97
    UnnamedHaraldposted 3 years ago

    If you are talking about a portable electric generator, you plug your devices right into it and there would be severe limitations on how many you could run. You could use it to run a few electric tools during rehabbing but not in place of regular services if, say you want run the house. I bought one last year so I could plug in a sump pump and a couple lights or a space heater. Each generator is rated for the watts it can produce (including the start-up watts, which are higher) and it's amazing how your devices eat up that wattage when you have to pay attention to them.

    1. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you. That does not seem very functional at all when everything I am reading says they have to be outside for ventilation. I think we may need quite a few things plugged into it.

    2. chuckandus6 profile image77
      chuckandus6posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Once my brother wired it so with a generator when the storm took out power that he.could run the whole house,He is handy with things,I Wouldn't recommend this.They do have to be outdoors because of fumes.

    3. UnnamedHarald profile image97
      UnnamedHaraldposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Nichol is right. I stand corrected. It IS possible (for an electrician) to install a power transfer system if your portable generator has a 30-amp outlet. It wouldn't run a household, but you could more conveniently run a few devices at a time.

 
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