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Generator Quest Part 2 / Interlock or transfer box.
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OK, so I'm getting a generator. Now, the big question is, how to utilize it around the house.

Simplest method would be to just run extension cords to various areas and plug in what I want to use. But if this is a long term outage, that could be a real pain. And either a window or a door isn't getting closed all they way due to the extension cords coming in somewhere.

So, I heard about a Transfer Box. They say it is the safest way to hook it directly to your house. No way of back feeding the wires and frying someone working on them, once they get the lines back up. But your limited to selecting anywhere from 6 to 10 circuits. And me in my infinite wisdom, I opted to wire my house with two circuits to a room, so I wouldn't lose total power to a room by losing one circuit breaker. (Seemed like a good idea at the time, and I had all that room in the circuit breaker box.)

Then when I added the second level, I actually put in a second box for the upstairs. So, now I have even more circuits spread around the house. (I know, STUPID. But it's done)

Second method was using what they call an Interlock System. It allows you to run any circuit in your circuit box. It takes a bit more precautions when firing it up, but you can turn circuits on and off as you want them. And I like this idea a bit more. I'll put up with the hassle firing it up I think.

How do you guys use your generators to get power into your house? Extension Cords? Transfer Box? Interlock System? And why did you chose this one over the other options available?
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I have a manual transfer switch that I still haven't used because I'm not sure why it doesn't work (any electricians out there?). If I had it working that would be my choice and it supplies power to 6 circuits.

The way I have it planned is it will supply power to the furnace, sump pumps, kitchen and garage where there's another fridge and freezer. Having the kitchen lit up with the dining room beside it with a wood stove means that we have a central area where we can gather and not use the rest of the house in case of a power failure.
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How about plugging in an extension cord into a wall outlet and just shutting off the main breaker? Could work with a 220 line maybe and power the stove and everything else you need?


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Chazman321;32589 Wrote:How about plugging in an extension cord into a wall outlet and just shutting off the main breaker? Could work with a 220 line maybe and power the stove and everything else you need?


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Dude, that's Illegal, and unsafe.....what happens is people forget to turn off the main, and the Genny backfeeds the line from your house, and the lineman thinks he's working on a dead line and it's not.

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Markheck1;32599 Wrote:
Chazman321;32589 Wrote:How about plugging in an extension cord into a wall outlet and just shutting off the main breaker? Could work with a 220 line maybe and power the stove and everything else you need?


-Chaz

Dude, that's Illegal, and unsafe.....what happens is people forget to turn off the main, and the Genny backfeeds the line from your house, and the lineman thinks he's working on a dead line and it's not.

This is what most people do. I won't and don't. Aside from it being dangerous I'm not so sure backfeeding is safe for your wiring.

I'm not sure if it's illegal, but if you kill someone pretty sure that's illegal.
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Im going the transfer switch rout. I ordered a generator, which is on backorder, and now finding a transfer switch in stock is just as bad as trying to find a genny. None of the big box stores have them.
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bucksco;35804 Wrote:Im going the transfer switch rout. I ordered a generator, which is on backorder, and now finding a transfer switch in stock is just as bad as trying to find a genny. None of the big box stores have them.

Try your local Electrical Supply house, like UE Electric, Yale or Tri-State if you have them down there.
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The simplest would be to get a whole house unit with an auto transfer switch. Power goes out the genny does everything.
My plans are to run a few plugs to places I would need power. I also plan to rig a plug system through a wall so no doors need be cracked.

Streaker what does your switch do or not do? Maybe start a new thread.
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Normanvin;35821 Wrote:Streaker what does your switch do or not do? Maybe start a new thread.

I cannot be sure if it's the switch or the 30amp circuit on the generator itself. When I plug it in, it trips the breaker on the generator.
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I got 4 in stock if'n ya wanna drive, LOL
No Genny's yet, but they supposedly shipped.
Didn't sell any this storm, people are just plugging stuff in or redneck electramigicianing them, Heh

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