The standard 240-volt portable-generator plug is a four-wire NEMA L14-30 plug that can be found in most hardware stores. The four wires consist of two "hot" wires (which are normally black but are sometimes red); a "neutral" wire (normally white); and a ground wire (usually green). To make your installation easier, check your generator owner's manual to ensure that a NEMA L14-30 will fit.
Things You'll Need
- Four-conductor standard electrical cable
- NEMA L14-30 plug
- Wire stripper
Remove the screws from the plug and remove the cover.
Use the knife to remove the outer covering on the cable, so the four inner wires are 1 1/2 inches in length.
Use the wire strippers to strip a half-inch of insulation off each of the four wires.
Loosen the screw connectors on each of the four prongs of the plug with a screwdriver.
Place the black wires under the screw connectors on the "hot" prongs and tighten them with a screwdriver.
Place the white wire under the screw connector on the "neutral" prong and tighten it with a screwdriver.
Place the green wire under the screw connector on the "ground" prong and tighten it with a screwdriver.
Replace the cover and tighten the screws with a screwdriver.
Tips & Warnings
- A diagram of a NEMA L14-30 plug is available on Page 10 of the first article listed under "References."
- A picture of a NEMA L14-30 is available on the second reference article.