How to Watch TV Using a Generator
Portable generators are handy for temporary or remote television operation, but they can be hazardous. People die each year due to the improper use of portable generators. Safety precautions concerning ventilation and grounding are advised before using a generator to power your TV.
Position the generator outside of the home or garage on a dry surface in a well-ventilated area away from windows, doors or vents. To avoid moisture damage, place under a canopy-like structure.
Properly ground the generator to an underground metal water pipe or metal rod with correct gauge of copper wire, as described in the owner's manual.
Check the entire cord for cuts or tears, and inspect the condition of the plug. Make sure you are using the kind of cord recommended in the owner's manual. Start the portable generator. Plug the male end--the end with the prongs--of the extension cord to the generator and connect the female end to your television.
Check the motor oil and gasoline levels and make sure they are filled. Also, make sure you are using the right octane of gasoline and the correct oil, as described in the manual.
Start the portable generator. Plug the male end, of the extension cord to the generator and connect the female end, or receptacle, to your television, and then turn on the set.
- Electric overloading can damage the generator or the appliance it is powering. If you plan to operate more than one appliance at the same time, determine the total wattage requirements, which should be listed on each appliance nameplate. Before starting, check the maximum wattage of your generator to be sure it can handle the load.
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