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How to Get Your House Wired in an Emergency with a Generator

This article is about wiring your house to use a generator in an emergency. With power out, and no water or sewer service available, many people are left without light and the ability to cook food. We will discuss how you can wire your house for these occasions by installing a transfer switch that will allow you to connect the generator safely to your home’s electrical system so that all of these needs are taken care of until power returns! Also related is our 72 hour emergency family go bag.

Selecting the right transfer switch

There are a few things you will need to consider when selecting the right transfer switch for your home. The first is the size of the generator you have. You will also need to know what type of electrical service your house has, either single or three-phase. Most homes in North America have single-phase power, so we will focus on that one, but really this is something that we did not have to consider.

The last thing you will need to consider is the method of installation. There are two types: hard-wired and plug-in models. For our purposes, we opted for a plug in model because it made things easier when wiring up everything before turning on power with the generator switch—which we recommend doing outside your home’s breaker box!

There are two types of transfer switch that we considered: typical wall mounted switch which is next to your home main breaker box and the meter mounted type (Generlink) which required the power utility to come in and install it from the outside. The Generlink switch is more expensive, but it does not require any additional wiring in your home.

The smaller box is the one where the generator will feed in.
Turn off the main breaker from the house box and switch over to the generator breaker

Both cost the same, but we opted for a traditional wall mounted switch as the other type was not easily available in our area and had some reliability issues at the time.

Picking the right generator size for your home

Picking a right generator size is probably one of the most difficult parts of getting prepared. If you get too small, it will have trouble keeping up with your energy needs and then you’ll be out in the dark anyway. However, going big will mean that you’re spending more money on gas to run it than if you had gotten an appropriate sized generator.

Luckily I had a friend who also went through this process and during hurricane Dorian, he made a rush purchased and got a 3000 watt generator. Unfortunately for him, he actually had to use it a few times and found that it could not power the basics in his home: water pump, water heater & fridge.

After doing some more research, he realized that he needed at least a 6000 watt generator to power his home. If you’re in the market for a generator, I would recommend checking out this guide on choosing the right sized generator for your needs.

Generator with battery starter and 22L fuel tank

If you are not getting city water or sewer and need electricity to power things like your well then you need to consider the starting amps when these motors turn on. This is the important factor to consider when sizing your generator.

We opted for a generator with 6800 starting watt and with a constant of 5500 watts. This should provide us with enough power and get a room heated if we have an outage in the winter.

Last thing is the power cord to use. We have a 30 amp cord and it plugs right into the generator from outside the house. We should not run the generator inside the house – ever.

An appropriate plug-in to handle the current

Now that our house is wired for a generator, we are ready for anything. Stay safe out there!

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2020 Year In Review – Outdoor Recreation Stuff

This past year was full of challenges, but one thing that more people started doing this year was to get into the outdoors any way then could due to the various shutdowns caused by COVID-19.

Here’s a list of cool items that the Avoiding Chores Community has been ordering in 2020 either via my Amazon associate links or already in their carts.

Outdoor Cooking – Mess Kits

For the last couple of years the GSI Bugaboo was my go-to cookware for camping but I added sea-to-summit x-set 31 and really been liking the added space it gave me in my bin. Also I finally got a Jetboil flash and was totally worth it.

GPS Devices

2020 was the year where I really focused on handhelds as Garmin released a number of updates to popular models also adding more inReach into the higher end models. However, I find that it may be more flexible to get a mid range GPS device and if you wanted satellite communications like inReach, you are better off (In My Opinion) to get a ZOLEO satellite communicator. That way you can still take advantage of low cost models like the eTrex 22x on your backpacking trip and yet still have satellite communication with your smartphone.

Rain Gear

I have a preference for FROGG TOGGS for rain suits. They might not be the most durable material, but for the price point and activity you are doing, these pack down nice and small to fit in your pack, bike bag, car or truck.

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Deep Dish Pizza In A Dutch Oven With Yippee IPA

We try out a deep dish pizza using the cast iron dutch oven. We got two parts to this: the crust & toppings to prepare. I tried to get everything done in the dutch oven, but you’ll need a few bowls.

The dough is pretty simple and can be made after you’ve lit the coals.

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Heart Rate Training 101

This will be updated with the latest information as the training plans have been tweaked since I last wrote this article.

How I Got Into Heart Rate Training

I’ve been using HR training while running for six years and been giving brief info talks on the subject to the running club. As a training tool, it may be useful for some. At the time, there wasn’t a lot of information to go with the HR straps, but today with smartphones and web sites- the information is easier to find.

I’ll add the technical mumbo jumbo below, but heart rate training is really about conditioning your cardio fitness in order to push your fatigue level (the wall) towards the end of your run or beyond it.

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