If the power goes out tomorrow (I live on the coast in south Florida) I want to be able to pull my Porter & Cable 5250 generator (keeping it outside the house) over to the utility door into the garage which next to my 80 gallon Whirlpool electric water heater ... and for (say) 2 or 3 hours every morning heat the water and then disconnect the generator, move it back to the back outside patio, and reconnect it to the other stuff it will power (fans, lights, fridge, etc). I have plenty of 10 gauge & 12 gauge wire and a 240 volt male plug. Do I have all the pieces and what's the best way to do it? The water heater is hard wired through conduit
into a cheap timer on the wall and the timer is hard wired (inside the wall) to the panel box, so I can't simply "unplug" the water heater. But, I can certainly disconnect the wiring
either at the timer or water heater side and splice white, black, & green wires with wire nuts, Advice would be greatly appreciated.
JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?
Customer: Water heater is only 4 - 5 years old, no electrician consulted. I'm not a certified contractor (certifiable, maybe!) but a pretty capable DIY guy.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: Sure. Cat 4 hurricane offshore as we speak, power will probably go out tomorrow night and might be out several days (based on previous storms)
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: No, I was just curious if my 5250 would heat the water in a couple hours if I made a little 10' or 12' cord that went from the generator to the heater. It has a 240 female outlet
and 2 - 110 outlets so I assumed it was physically possible to connect, just wasn't sure best way to do it.