another generator question
first off, I do have a mechanical transfer switch to open my main breaker and close the generator breaker on the panel. This is also my main panel so the neutrals and grounds are all bonded together (that might make a difference?) There is no possible way I could run my backup generator without opening the main so there isn't a concern there. Also there are no "suicide" cords being used and the proper inlet is installed (4 prong). Just want to get that out of the way.
Now onto my actual question. The house had all these things already installed. I never used it because I never had a generator and didn't really see too dire of need to get one.
Recently though someone owed me some money and couldn't afford to pay, so they settled the bill by giving me a generator. Now that I have one I'd like to be able to use this system if the power goes out. The generator is older but runs very well. It has one 120V receptacle and one 240 receptacle.
However the 240 receptacle is just that, 240. It is not 120/240 (just a straight 20 amp 240). If I use this and don't carry a neutral with it, what exactly will happen?
Can I carry a neutral off the 120V receptacle and use that? It wouldn't be hard at all to open the generator take out the 240 receptacle and install a 4 prong 120/240 one (after running a neutral off the 120 receptacle first of course). I need it to be 120/240 though for my well, which is 240, and some general lighting circuits (120).