Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by over9five, Oct 30, 2010.
Might be my project for next weekend. Anyone ever done one, and have any tips?
Call an electrician
You obviously don't know who you're talking to!
Maybe the following weekend.
What IS a transfer switch?
I think it is what engineers use when they want to switch their trains from one track to another.
It's a setup that switches your house line source to a generator without putting generator power out to the street.
Saves me running 10 extension cords from the generator to power stuff in my house. I'd also be able to run my furnace and well pump.
Wouldn't it be easier to hard wire the generator in to your panel box?
Basicly, that's what it does.
What DS said.
Just make sure that you don't fry the power company employee hanging on your power pole outside trying to fix your outage. They frown on that.
Exactly. That's why you put in a transfer switch.
I have a transfer switch for generator - however I cannot run two things at one time. It came in handy in the Feb windstorm where we lost power for 8 days. I'm envious of those who can do that type of electrical work. Just make sure you can run multiple things to your generator from the switch, if possible. Sorry I can't help much.
I'm buying a 6 circuit one. I want to be able to run the fridge, furnace, well pump and some lights.
What kind of wattage? The first three could kill your setup bc they all have a high peak draw when they kick on.... that being said id imagine a lot of localities require a licsensed electrician to do it to be assured its truly isolated from the grid.
If you wire the generator strait to the box without the transfer switch it will bleed current back thru the lines to the pole and beyond, which is when power workers get killed working to restore power to homes. It is not only unsafe it's illigal.
As long as your not trying to start all 3 at the same time it should be fine.
The only reason I ask is that I like to watch home improvement shows, such as This Old House, and I have seen a licensed electrician hardwire a generator to a separate panel box. When the main panel box senses a power failure the secondary would start the generator. When the power comes back the secondary panel box would shut down the generator.
I'm learning something new today.
I'd also call an electrician. I've been electrocuted enough times to know some things only professionals should handle.
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