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Generator hook up to Well Pump.
Generator hook up to house.
Generator hook up to power box or panel.
Portable Generator Hook Up.

Ranch Hand Tips

This Ranch Hand Tips video explains how to run a 240V submersible water well pump off a portable generator using simple electrical supplies from your everyday hardware store.
Steps: 1- Understand your Well Pump installation and operation.
2- Determine if your Well Pump is a 120V or 240V
3- Install a Breaker Panel
4- Wiring your Well Pump to a Breaker Panel
5- Wiring your Portable Generator to a Breaker Box
6- Creating a 240V 30AMP plug and cable for your Portable Generator
7- Turning on your Portable Generator and pumping water out of your well.

Materials:
Outdoor Breaker Panel 30/30 http://amzn.to/2HQ8mEK
10/3 Outdoor Wire http://amzn.to/2Gb231m
Submersible Well Wire 300′ http://amzn.to/2prHfrY
Square D 30amp Breaker Double Pull http://amzn.to/2pq3mzU
240V Plug Adaptor http://amzn.to/2puwlm0

Full Video Transcript:

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today I'm going to show you how we can

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hook up a deep-water well to a portable

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generator using materials from your

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everyday hardware store so this is what

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our well system looks like we have a

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well expansion tank we have a squared D

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relay switch in the pump it's about 250

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feet down that hold these electrical

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wires coming up feed the pump

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electricity when the relay switch tells

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it that the pressure and the expansion

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tanks too low it's black wire going out

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the back

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goes back to the power box so we trace

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the line coming from the pump back down

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to this box here we had a black on that

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fuse no red on that fuse that tells us

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that this is a 240 pump and not a 120

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pump the rare that you have a 120 pump

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on a 250 foot deep well but you never

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know what they did back when this place

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was built so we had our bike wire here

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coming into the bottom of this panel we

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had 2 hots and then it was grounded and

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neutral out this is a box we put in for

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the specific purpose of hooking up our

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well to our generator we don't want to

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hook the well directly up to the

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generator for two reasons number one we

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could blow up the generator or we could

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blow up the well pump now that one of

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those would be a fun thing to blow up

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generators are expensive well pumps are

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expensive especially well pumps that are

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250 feet under the ground so we

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installed just a 60 amp breaker box with

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too few circuits we put in a double 30

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amp fuse we have our black wire that's

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going out to the pump coming into the

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box and this orange wire I'll show you

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how we made an extension cord out of

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this orange wire to plug it directly

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into our generator but first I'm going

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to open up this box and show you how we

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wired it up on the inside

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this is very basic but I'm going to

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explain it to you anyway this black wire

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is the one that's running out to the

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pump relay switch so we have a black as

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a hot red is a hot we have a white as a

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neutral and an exposed copper as a

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ground the white and the neutral both

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run in to this neutral strip at the top

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sorry the white in the ground the black

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in the red go directly in to our fuse

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you see there hook directly on to the

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bottom of the fuse those are our two

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hots this orange cord is the cord we're

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going to use as our extension cord out

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to our generator we have the black in

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the red cords those are our hot cords

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now they're feeding the breaker so I

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brought the black in on a hot side of

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the breaker I got the red in another hot

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side of the breaker we have a white cord

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which is our neutral this is the neutral

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that's going out to the generator we

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have that going into our neutral strip

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at the top at the exposed copper which

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is going out to the generator is

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grounded up here to this box this is the

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other end of that orange wire that we

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were showing you what we have here is a

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30 amp 125 250 volt wire underneath is

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where we connected the wires in it just

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slide it in from the bottom you want to

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screw the top here pull this up and you

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connect your wires the labeling on these

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is the neutral

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which is over here it's going to be W

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for white the two hots are going to be

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X&Y your ground it's going to be labeled

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G so just hook the chords up with their

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coloring white to W copper chord G and

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the red and the black go to x and y at

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this chord that we're using is a 15 foot

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10 3 indoor use chord we're not going to

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be leaving our equipment outside so we

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went ahead and used an indoor use chord

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that I would recommend if you want to

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spend the extra money to go ahead and

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get an outdoor use chord especially if

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this is going to be a permanent setup

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for us this is a temporary setup so we

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went with an indoor chord it was a

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little less expensive and we can get it

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in the 15 foot length which was the

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perfect amount of length to get it from

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inside the well house out here to where

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we can plug it into our generator so to

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review we have the chords coming out of

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the pump they're going into the

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expansion tank relay switch the cord

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coming out of the expansion rate lavery

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lace which is this black line that we

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can then follow up the wall runs over

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this way runs down to the old power box

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disconnected it from the old power box

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we put in our own breaker for it we have

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the orange wire coming out and I'll show

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you in a minute that orange wire is just

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going to plug right into the generator

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alright so here we have a troy bilt

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generator it's nothing special but it

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will do the trick

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got the son sale at Lowe's ten percent

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off for just over 600 bucks

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it has 8500 starting watts

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6250 running watts the main thing is

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that operates both 120 into 40 amps and

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another way you can tell when you're

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checking for a generator is to read the

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side label that will tell you

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all the different type of appliances

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generators capable of handling right

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here on the side label you can see this

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is the two 240 outlet well pump is one

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of the things that is listed to 575

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watts that will handle pretty decent

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size well you could also hook it into a

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furnace or transfer switch for

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additional power in your house but it's

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good to check out the generator before

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you buy and make sure we can do the

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tasks that you're asking it to do

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alright so we've got everything hooked

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up we've got a power line coming in it's

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plugged in generators ready to go

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got our hose ready to go let's see how

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this bad boy does turn generator on give

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it a quick quick

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you

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you


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