Earlier, a reader was asking what size conduit to use for his generator system he was installing.
And by reading some additional questions he asked about mounting his inlet plug to concrete and drilling holes for piping I could tell right away he was a hardheaded do-it-yourselfer.
Hats off to him and all those like him.
I’ve been in the trades awhile and have met a lot of craftsmen, and hacks over the years.
In some ways, I despise the weekend warrior, the electrician hobbyist, they make my work suck.
They often will cut the wires to dang short.
Sometimes so short I don’t even know how they made the installation in the first place.
Or make wire nut splices in the wall, then close the wall, don’t do that.
Here’s a free and unsolicited code tip:
- 6″ from the back of the box minimum wire length (fold ’em wires back in if need be).
When in doubt call a professional, problem is guys who “think they can” are rarely in doubt… I think.
But backing up a few lines to my “hats off” comment, I mean it, I admire the rugged minded (sometimes dim-witted) do-it-yourselfer.
Why shouldn’t you take matters into your own hands?
If you own something it’s yours to make or break, I stand by that principle, it’s freedom and choice and not to be decided by some yahoo jurisdiction.
Just be safe, and especially when it comes to electrical, get a professional to at minimum look over your install while you do it, or at least before you apply “juice” to it.
The life you save may be your own…
Anyhow, in the issue of Survivalite Companion Newsletter (PDF) I give you Free, for subscribing to my daily email list, you will find a Sizing Your Residential Generator Guide.
It walks through the basics of load calculations and explains the how and why of electrical circuit panel thinking.
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“uncle” Abe Yankee