Our neighborhood and my house has Square D QO equipment. There is the external main shut off with a 200 amp breaker. It goes straight to lugs and then the wires that go to the main panel in the house with all the house circuit breakers. I took a photo of how it looks outside on the house next-door who is awaiting hook up and closing. I drew a red line where I would want to insert one two pole breaker to put a surge protector on ( I have a Seimens First Surge Pro.)
What would have to be replaced? I see that 200 amp breaker being sold where it has the attachments for the meter on one side and the lugs on the other. Is there some thing that could attach those lugs that would give me a mount for a circuit breaker and then has lugs on the other end to reattach the wires going into the house? Or does that whole black plastic assembly that the main breaker is mounted on have to be replaced? How would you do it. Thank you so much
Where we live there are a lot of electrical storms that brown out, surge, trip breakers etc. And this happen often.
I picked up a Seimens First Surge Pro ( which is what is recommended by the manufacture according to the map of the country.) We actually aren’t as bad according to the national lightning databases as other areas but I have a family that lives in those areas and they don’t get brown outs and tripped breakers with every electrical storm. So there’s power grid issues too I’m sure.)
So I am putting additional equipment on the breaker panel in the house and at outlets ( 3-stage approach.)
I Try to focus on the one problem and said that I’m handling the inside issues. If I hit snags with that then I would ask a separate question.
I was putting forth why I need such a top end product. I know it doesn’t fix all of those problems.
The whole project is this ( after the FS140):
I have one of the APC 10-circuit transfer switches which of course I know has its issue with fuses etc.… But I also have from an old computer networks a huge APC uninterruptible power supply ( 30 amp plug) that holds about 10 batteries and then an add-on huge rack that holds two more trays of the same. The APC transfer switch has UPS input and will electronically switch to the UPS supply ( with adjustable sensitivity too.) I am also wiring a Reliance P50 external generator plug jack to it ( have Southwire 6/3) so I can connect up my portable generator with 50 amp outlet.
On the inside breaker panel will be a Leviton 4000 series SPD that also has filtering.
So I was going to use the APC transfer switch to watch sensitive circuits with Philips Hue downlight, tv, etc. Basically making my own UPS.
On my home theater, I’ve had an APC S20 power conditioner/brownout protector since 2008 ( got it for $400 instead of $2000 when “Tweeter” went out of business;))