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Stein:
240 V is nothing more than two 120 V circuits that are opposite.  Quick and dirty, think of it as a 120 and a -120 put together, you have a 240 V difference.

Your house works the same way.  The power company gives you two 120 V circuits.  You then one of these for your 120 V stuff and both for the 240 V stuff.

I would imagine any generator with 240 V output also has 120 V output.  Most of the smaller ones have separate connectors as the plugs are different for obvious reasons.

RonH2K:
Terrific info!  Thanks, all.  Keep it coming if you have something to add.

Based on what I'm seeing here, I probably need a mid-sized, portable.  I hope to use it more when camping than during power outages.  At least that's what I hope!  So, that would make the house hookup stuff overkill.

Who knows though, I'll keep watchin' the news and might get prompted to add a larger, house hookup generator later.  Baby steps, right?!

 8)

CTF250:
Was wondering through Home Depot this past weekend before christmas and found they had a Homlite gen set, 11 hp, 5700 continous/7900 surge gas units on sale for $699.00

Not a bad unit for the price.  Powered by a subaru pull start gas engine

Just an FYI for all

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