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Old 11-03-2011, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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my knowledge of electrical systems is next to nothing, but everything i've heard about backfeeding is that it's very dangerous. you even acknowledge this in a later post. i'm curious as to why you would do this?
I would have backfed into the furnace and DISCONNECTED the wire that runs from the breaker panel to the furnace, at the furnace. So the power would only run to the furnace.
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Northern NJ
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Regarding electronics damage, I was told if you have one thng running continuously (lamp), you can avoid damage to circuitry.
Not true. It is the output of these generators that is a problem for electronic circuits, not the surges, although the surges are an issue also. Most generators output a square wave rather than a true sine wave. Many electrical circuits are designed to be fed a sine wave, and do not deal well with a clipped wave. Generating a square wave is much cheaper, and is fine for many things like lighting, heaters, pumps without motor controls, etc. But many types of heating systems are susceptible to damage from square waves. Usually there is no way to find out other than trial and error, and if the error is the result, you will be faced with a repair.

$600 generators at Home Depot or Lowes generate a square wave. So you have to be careful what you hook up to them.
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Epping,NH
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Nice to have a competent source willing to impart their knowledge on the subject.
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:28 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Nice to have a competent source willing to impart their knowledge on the subject.
Yes when I have an electrical question the first thing I do is call a RE agent.
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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Not true. It is the output of these generators that is a problem for electronic circuits, not the surges, although the surges are an issue also. Most generators output a square wave rather than a true sine wave. Many electrical circuits are designed to be fed a sine wave, and do not deal well with a clipped wave. Generating a square wave is much cheaper, and is fine for many things like lighting, heaters, pumps without motor controls, etc. But many types of heating systems are susceptible to damage from square waves. Usually there is no way to find out other than trial and error, and if the error is the result, you will be faced with a repair.

$600 generators at Home Depot or Lowes generate a square wave. So you have to be careful what you hook up to them.
Did not know this...
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Epping,NH
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Didn't you do installs? You advice has been right on.
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Northern NJ
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Yes when I have an electrical question the first thing I do is call a RE agent.
I also dabble in urology, so if anyone has any questions...
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Old 11-05-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: NJ
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$900 in propane for six days? It would be cheaper to go to a hotel.
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:52 PM
 
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$900 in propane for six days? It would be cheaper to go to a hotel.
Hotels on the Jersey side were pretty much unavailable Monday night (and I imagine Sat+Sun as well). I stayed in Manhattan on monday for $130 + $20 parking, but you can easily get a major event (like Irene) where that wouldn't be practical.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Epping,NH
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It would be cheaper to go to a hotel.
But that still leaves the house systems subtable to damage during colder periods. Propane costs are high when you don't buy much. when only used for cooking and a backup generator, usage is low so the per gallon costs are high.
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