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You're saying someone has installed a female receptacle to plug a male into to feed the transfer switch?
That is a code violation and unsafe. Where are you located?
Do you have Menard's?
what is Menard's?
It is like Home Depot
no . . Lowe's
I don't use Lowe's if I can help it. Their prices are too high.
okay, what do i need to get?
Anyway go to the electrical department at either HD or Lowe's. They sell an outside box with the male generator plug as part of the box like a receptacle would be. The cord will plug into the generator and into the box and all will be well. It is rated for outdoors so everything is covered. They come in 30 amps for generators up to 8kw
So I need to replace the transfer box with a new one?
Not at all. Do you have a cord coming out of the transfer switch or do you have a receptacle mounted someplace?
A receptacle. Standby for picture . . .
Ok, it's conduit. Let me find a picture of just what you need.
HERE you go. This is for 30 amps. Click on the link and you will see just what you need.
This is for 30 amps. How many watts is your generator?
Okay, picture is kind of unclear. What do I do the 4-prong power inlet box? Generator is 2k.
What is your cord rated?
I would guess 20 amps.
This site has all different rating power inlet boxes. Look on the plug or receptacle end on the cord and see what the number is XXXXX the outside.
I'm still kind of unclear. The image I send you is the receptacle mounted on the wall of my house which comes out of the transfer switch box. I'm trying to connect it to a portable (2k) generator which does not have a cord. The generator only has receptacles as well (the regular 120V kind on your wall).
So I've got two receptacles, no cords.
HERE are some 20 amp boxes
Does the generator have a receptacle for 240 volts?
2 kw is very small to try to power a house.
ahhh, i see
no, it doesn't have 240v receptacle
The receptacle you have shown me is required to be a male for safety. Having a cord with 2 male ends is dangerous
120 volts you have 16.6 amps available. You could run a microwave, nothing more.
yes, but not much more
You will not be able to run anything that is 240 volts
What type of transfer switch do you have?
yeah, didn't buy the generator for this purpose, but would like to have the option of hooking it (or a larger generator) in if I needed to
Tell me about the transfer switch.
What type is it?
Manual or automatic?
Is it connected in front of the main panel or for just part of the house
I would get the 30 amp power inlet box like I showed you.
You can use a generator up to 8kw with that.
part of the house
If a generator has a 30 amp receptacle for 240 volts then a regurlar cord will connect directly.
it has 6 breakers for essentials: fridge, microwave, master bedroom lights, etc.
I would connect a 30 amp power inlet box on the outside of the house.
i see, plug the female end into the house, and the male into the generator?
thanks for your help!
Are you seeing the picture better now? This website will have everything you need if you can't find it locally.
Remember G is for ground and W is for the neutral. The other 2 are for the hot wires, each one is 120 volts to neutral and 240 volts to each other.
the 20A was much clearer than the 30A
Those are links to the website with the parts.
Look around there and see everything available
They have the cords, etc.
will do, thanks
If you pick up a used generator someplace you can piece things together. Make your own cord but I would use a 30 amp rated cord so you don't have to buy another one if you get a bigger generator
just change the plug
If you have another question later on come back to me here and I'll help you then. No need to pay a 2nd time for more of the same. You can come back here again after you accept the answer.
Will do. Once again, thanks for the help!