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Using Power Curtailment Terminals on a Carrier Heat Pump to Shed Heatpump

I am considering installing a Generac 22Kw whole house generator and automatic transfer switch. The transfer switch is designed to shed the Carrier Infinity heat pump if the start up load is more ...
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Will my wood platform support my generator?

I built a wood platform out of pressure treated lumber 6ft X 4ft 2x6 with beams every 16 inches and 2x6 deck. It is bolted into the house 2x10 on the 6 ft rear wall and carriage bolted to an existing ...
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Is it safe to ground a portable generator using the house ground at the service panel?

I've bought a portable generator that I'll use when the power goes out. The instructions in the paperwork state that the generator needs to be grounded before use. Can I use the house ground at the ...
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Why is my emergency generator hard to pull for starting?

My portable generator ran fine for 5 hours, then ran out of gas. I refilled the tank but now the pull is excessively hard and the unit will not start. I removed the spark plug and the pull was ...
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Generator Usage Plan [closed]

I would like to think that if I had to use my 7000 watt generator for a few days of power outage, that I wouldn't need to run it 24/7. Does/has anyone made a written plan for maximizing generator ...
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Is 12-gauge wire adequate to run into between a 7000 watt generator and circuit box?

I have a Briggs and Stratton model 040301A stand-alone generator I bought used I'm trying to figure out what gauge wire I use to feed my circuit box. When I took it apart it had a black and a red wire ...
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My generator won't start

I've pulled all gas, pulled and cleaned carb. Reassembled and it starts with starting fluid, but continues to shut off. What else could be the problem?
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Predator generator 6500 watt

I have a 6500 watt predator generator, here lately every time I run it, after it runs for maybe 20 minutes to 1 hour the lights in our home cut out and then back in. At first it was only doing it for ...
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Portable generator won't start

Cliched story, I know: I didn't use the generator (4 Stroke Briggs & Stratton) for a long time, and when I tried it, it wouldn't start. I'd pumped the gas out of the tank after I last used it, ...
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Can I backfeed a portable generator into my house's electrical system?

Is there a safe way to power my house using a portable generator? The power rating for the generator is 6kW, and I want to run my electric water heater (4.5kW) and my refrigerator (0.5kW) and possibly ...
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Off grid home power shutting off

Let me start by saying thank you for reading my question. I appreciate any help offered. My husband and I just moved to Arizona from Ohio. We purchased a modular home off grid in the mountains. This ...
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Electrical ,what voltage to use [closed]

I am confused about what voltage to use to calculate current for cable size of transformer. for example, single phase given load 140kva 120/240. if I=140/120v= 1166 A and if 140/240v=583A I know ...
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Seeking name of a small natural gas generator that will run in all weather

I want to run a small emergency generator on natural gas (NG). In the past few years, 3 fuel portable generators have become available. But the manuals say not to run them in the rain. "Whole house"...
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How to start a generator from a relay

My goal is to turn on an electric generator remotely. I have a SMS (text message) controlled circuit board that has 7 relays. I can control each relay independently. I want to send a text to ...
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Making a Solar Power Battery Backup Unit

Ok, so this is a small battery backup unit. I want to just start small and see if I can get the idea working. I'll buy this 20 watt solar panel with charge control http://www.amazon.com/20W-12V-...
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News Exterior Transfer Switch Location and Clearance

I finally got around to figure out the spot for a new transfer switch which I acquired some time ago, there aren't any choices since the transfer switch needs to be close to the meter. It is a small ...
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my generator trips one pole /30 amp generator breaker even when the transfer switches are off

I have a problem with my newly purchased home with a generator transfer switch previously installed and the generator left by the owners, knowing that winter was on its way I started the generator to ...
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How can I shut off circuits when I have a generator with an automatic transfer switch?

We had professionals install a generator with an automatic transfer switch. I showed them our circuit-breaker box and told them which circuit numbers should be on generator power. Okay, everything's ...
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How can I check my generator to see if its ok?

I let a friend of mine use a 6500 watt generator that ran my house great, when he brought it back he said it was getting hot and stalling but could run 110 plug. He blew up lots of appliances, how can ...
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Generator issues

I tried started my generator. It started, but smoked & backfired, & then would go off. I let the gas run out & filled with fresh gas. Now it won't start. Any help is appreciated the ...
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Generator carburetor problem, is it the float?

Hopefully this is an appropriate place to post: I had to use my generator today and it ran fine for about an hour but when I went outside to check on it, I noticed it was dripping gas from the ...
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What's the best way to connect two seperate generators to a well pump?

I need to have a generator run 240 volts to a well pump, and want it switched off when the generator is started. I also want a second (back up) generator that can be switched on if/when the main ...
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What do I do with the neutral and ground when wiring a transfer switch?

I know there are a lot of questions about wiring a generator to a home electrical panel, but I can't find the answer to the questions that I have. I would like to wire a generator that has the ...
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Which whole house generators put out a good sine wave? [closed]

Some postings on DIY caution about using square waves and dirty sine waves to power some electronic equipment. Which whole house generators generally put out clean sine waves? (I looked on the ...
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Pure sine wave or modified for a Trane HVAC?

Winter is near and I want to be able to run my Trane HVAC 1 hp motor and my Dell abd Mac desktop computers off an inverter or generator. Should I get something that puts out a pure sine wave or can I ...
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How to determine (not estimate) starting amperage of a motor?

I want to buy an inverter-generator to run my Trane heating system in case of a power outage. The Trane is on a 20 amp circuit. The sticker says it needs a minimum of a 15.2 amp circuit. My question ...
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Russian motor from washing machine with 4 wires coming out. How to use for windmill generator?

I've just pulled apart an old russian washing machine to extract a couple of motors to use as in windmill generators I'm making. I don't know much about motors, so I'm kinda new to this but want to ...
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Is there a wireless way to cut off the HVAC y wire from my generator transfer switch?

I recently had a Generac Synergy generator installed, which went smoothly, however there was no good way to get the Y wire from my thermostat to the transfer switch and back in order to allow the ...
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What is the difference between an interlock and a transfer switch?

With respect to wiring a standby generator, what is the essential difference between an interlock and a transfer switch and what are the pros and cons of using one rather than the other?
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Transfer switch vs DPDT relay for a standby generator?

I want to wire an 8 kw standby generator to power my home furnace (120 v, 20 amp) automatically in case of a power outage. The generator can be purchased with and without a transfer switch. Is ...
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How much upkeep for portable Tri-Fuel generators

A PM site says whole house generators need considerable upkeep: "After 24 to 48 hours of continuous use, get it serviced, installer ... says. After around 10 days, have a professional change the oil ...
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What are recommended clearances for a portable electrical generator?

What are the recommended clearances for a gasoline or natural gas powered portable electrical generator, on all sides and top and bottom? The generator is about 5,000 watts.
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Why won't my generator start

I have already checked the spark plug, just replaced the old one, opened the fuel line to make sure the gas flow was good, made sure the filter was clean, checked the oil level and it still wouldn't ...
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Why won't my portable generator start?

With a storm bearing down on the mid-Atlantic US and robocalls from the local power utility warning of the possibility of extended power outages, I figured tonight would be a good time to check the ...
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How do I prevent my generator from permanently tripping my GFCI breakers?

I have an old house with a new addition. The new addition has a subpanel to the od house panel. This new subpanel required GFCI breakers. When I started the generator it tripped all these GFCI ...
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Can my generator power my deep well water pump?

I have a 120/240 volt generator with an output of 3250 watts peaking at 3750. I want to be able to power my well water pump but I'm getting conflicting answers on whether this generator packs enough ...
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Using a generator

Power is out with 100+ temperatures. The window AC has a 615r plug and I cannot find an adapter that will allow me to plug the AC to the generator. How do I plug it in?
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why is my generator running but you cant plug in anything

we have a new smart tool 4750 gas generator and it was working fine when we plugged it into our rv then all of sudden it stopped putting out charge but it still turns over and sounds like its working ...
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What could be causing my generator to not work?

Can anyone please give me some advice, we purchased a generator from our local Lidl it's a Parkside brand, I have followed the instructions to the letter and also watched a youtube presentation but ...
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Why won't my new powerstroke 5kW generator start?

I purchased a power stroke 5,000 watt generator about a year ago. Only recently there have been some power issues in my area, which made me decide to take it out and get it ready. I purchased new gas &...
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White Smoke coming out of Briggs and Stratton engine

The Issue: I recently purchased a 9 kilowatt generator running on a 17hp Briggs and Stratton engine which ran pretty well when I first bought it except for a little white smoke. I replaced the ...
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How can I get a standby generator with GFI to work with a 2-pole transfer switch?

I have a home standby generator that is equipped with a GFI, and my original electrician (who has long since flaked out on me leaving me in a lurch with this) installed a standard 2-pole transfer ...
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Can I connect a portable generator to a subpanel to backfeed my house?

I have a portable 6500 W generator. I have a main house electrical panel and a subpanel in my garage, which are on opposite sides of the house. My subpanel is on the outside wall of my garage. The ...
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How should I hook up my generator to a manual transfer switch?

I have a couple of questions about hooking up a generator to a manual transfer switch and I'm really hoping somebody with knowledge can help guide me here. The idea is I will have an exterior weather-...
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manual transfer switch - 2 main panels

I have 2 main panels, each 150 amp, each connected to meter. I'm installing a Reliance transfer switch (model 3006HDK). All instructions show how to wire circuits from a single main panel. Can I ...
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Can I connect my 50 amp generator to a 30 Amp plug?

I had a transfer switch installed when I built my house. I have a 30 amp rated power inlet outside. My military generator is rated at 120/240 volts, 50 amps. Can I safely connect it to my 30 amp ...
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Westinghouse portable generator won't start

In early fall we purchased a Westinghouse WH5500 pull-start generator. We've been pretty good about starting it up and letting it run for a while with a load on it each month just to keep it from ...
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How do I determine the capacity of my generator when it has a separate starting watts capacity?

I have a Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder generator that is rated at 5500 watts with a 8250 startup watts capacity. The user manual is a little confusing: it seems to state that I have to take ...
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How do I determine what size Generator I need?

What are the number of factors and considerations to be taken into account before sizing a prime rated generator ??
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How do you connect one generator to two seperate boxes?

I have two separate 200 amp breaker boxes side by side and want to back feed a generator through the panel . Is there a way to feed both panels at once ? I would be using an interlock .