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Finally Installed A transfer Switch
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Every time I try to insert the image portrait instead of landscape the insert image button gets crammed over the tinypic.com hot link and won't allow me to insert the picRolleyes

Did this a couple weeks ago. Super easy. Anyone that can do even the most basic wiring and can follow simple instructions can do this.
This model was around $400. It was a kit, prewired, remote outlet, and 10 ft 240V cord for genny.

I already ran the wire for the remote outlet to the eventual box last summer when I was running a dedicated line to my shed.

Took about three hours, but was real simple. My panel is small, which is what took so long. A lot of additional wires to cram into a small area.

Basically all you do is hook the neutral and ground from the switch to the ground bar in your panel. Then remove the wire from a current panel breaker, add the desired wire from the switch to that breaker, and wire tie the old breaker hot wire to the hot wire that corresponds with the wire just added to the breaker. Repeat as required for your generators ability. Basically all you are doing is running the power from an panel breaker and sending it to a breaker in the switch (via the wire nut) and then the power loops back to panel breaker. When you need to use that breaker during an outage switching the transfer switch from line to generate kills the loop and sends the power via the transfer switch. All the wire are labeled, so it very simple.

You can then exercise your genny by switching as many breakers from the transfer switch as required to adequately exercise the generator.

Finally.....and I was all stressed out over finding someone to do this.Rolleyes
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Do you hang from the ceiling (like a bat) to operate this? Big Grin
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Doesn't sound too bad at all. As if I needed another project to tempt me.....
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#5
I have to install one for a neighbor of mine and then put one in our house. Then get all our fuel tanks filled before power drops out again. Good job.
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#6
OMG, that's SWEET! I mean really - OUTSTANDING!
AMAZING even.

YOU GO GIRL!


WTF is a "transfer switch"?
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#7
You're gonna love it when the power goes out. 1 plug to hook up, throw a few switches and its like nothing ever happened.

I have the smaller box hooked up. I installed the 240 plug inside the basement and just run the wire from the genny to the plug through the basement window. I didnt feel like drilling into the brick and all that crap.

In Feb we lost power for almost a week and had power in every room in the house, water from the well, tv, internet, etc. Only things we went without were hot water and the electric range. I did suck not being able to take a hot shower after 3-4 days without power but thats a minor inconvenience. I did some cooking on my hunting blind heater/stove.
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bucksco;156747 Wrote:You're gonna love it when the power goes out. 1 plug to hook up, throw a few switches and its like nothing ever happened.

I have the smaller box hooked up. I installed the 240 plug inside the basement and just run the wire from the genny to the plug through the basement window. I didnt feel like drilling into the brick and all that crap.

In Feb we lost power for almost a week and had power in every room in the house, water from the well, tv, internet, etc. Only things we went without were hot water and the electric range. I did suck not being able to take a hot shower after 3-4 days without power but thats a minor inconvenience. I did some cooking on my hunting blind heater/stove.

Fortunately we have gas, so under most situations we will have hot water and a stove. I did run a gas line to the dryer a few years back, so some day I will have a dryer as well.....not that it's a big deal one way or the other.

I haven't run my well yet, and I probably won't until summer (unless I need to beforehand). Although I'm relatively sure it will be OK I would rather not be faced with a burned out pump this time of the year.
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Transfer switch: A Fer Switch that was born one way, but decided to be another way and gets to use whatever bathroom it pleases. Dodgy
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It's much easier and cheaper to user the interlock method. You can light up your whole panel for less than 100 bucks.

Basically you add a circuit breaker on your panel for your generator, in the top right position. Then you add a special plate that only allows you to flip that breaker on if the main breaker is turned off.
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