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How do you connect a 4-prong generator outlet to a 3-prong dryer outlet?

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2011-12-21 21:53:25
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Don't make a cable to plug a generator into an outlet in your house, it is incredibly dangerous! Power from your generator will back-feed into the power lines, posing a severe unexpected shock hazard to any line-workers who may be fixing the lines - the very same reason you are wanting to use your generator!

Plug your appliances into your generator. If you want to power the outlets in your house from the generator do it right and install a generator transfer switch.

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As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed.

IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOB

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