Attached are the photos of my outside “main” panel and the sub-panel inside my garage.
The panel outside in backyard (main) does not have a standalone breaker “main” breaker. It is inline with the other 5 breakers on that panel - which feed-
MAIN AIR HANDLER1 AC1 AIR HANDLER2 AC2 ELEC STOVE
Inside my garage on the other side of the house is the sub-panel that distributes the power from the outside “main” to the rest of the house, excluding the Air conditioners and stove which are on the outside “main” panel pictured above.
Now, my goal WAS to hookup a power inlet box for a generator to the outside “main” breaker box with a proper interlock kit, so that the main breaker could never be on when the generator breaker is on. Hence the name “interlock kit”. This is the only legal and cost effective way to hookup a generator to house panel.
The above mentioned strategy will NOT work because the main breaker is INLINE with the other breakers. CANNOT INSTALL INTERLOCK KIT PER LARGEST LOCAL ELECTRICIAN IN MY AREA.
The next picture below ⬇️ is of the sub-panel in the garage. I noticed that there is a “knockout” at the top of the panel that would appear (I’m not an electrician) to allow for a Main breaker to be installed, which would allow for an “interlock kit” to also be installed, therefore allowing me to run my inlet box without any concern regarding safety or legality. Please correct me if I’m wrong. See pictures below ⬇️
Also, am I able to circumvent all of this headache by just installing a 100amp or 200amp manual 3 Pole disconnect into the outside MAIN panel? Then run my 50amp generator inlet box to the disconnect?
Please help, hurricane season is upon us.