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7500 Watt Manual Transfer Switch has #10 wires, but my well pump is wired with #8

Problem! I have a 1.5 hp 230 VAC deep well pump on a 30A circuit breaker wired with #8 copper that runs a couple hundred feet to the pump controller. Pump specs say it draws 9.7 amps and allows 808 ...
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Generator Connection

I picked up a used 10kva (45a) Generac unit and want to get it connected thru the transfer switch. Just looking for some feedback on how to get it connected. I was going to use 1" schedule 40 ...
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How can I have one circuit always utility powered while all other circuits are either generator or utility powered?

I'm trying to determine if there is a cost effective way to do this when I do my panel replacement as part of an upcoming project. At my last house I did a panel replacement and installed a backfeed ...
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Determining generator loads

See related question here: Using portable generator with transfer switch I live on a property with 600 AMP service (2x200AMP service to home, 1x200AMP service to workshop / barn). The home and barn ...
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Using portable generator with transfer switch

See related question here: Determining generator loads I live on a property with 600 AMP service (2x200AMP service to home, 1x200AMP service to workshop / barn). The home and barn are new ...
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Installing a generator transfer switch on an ITE Pushmatic panel

I have purchased a transfer switch,the Reliance Controls Corporation 31406CRK 30 Amp 6-circuit. The panel in question is a ITE Pushmatic, like the one in the picture except it has two main breakers on ...
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What is an internally regulated power generator?

I am looking to add a backup generator to a 10 HP Franklin Electric water well. According to the manual, I can have a significantly reduced size generator if the generator is "internally ...
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Safely possible? Back feed generator through existing 3 wire OR convert to 50A RV service

First time question asker, here. I have read several threads on this site, which is a great resource. I am still unsure if what I'd like to do is safely possible, so here I am asking about my specific ...
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Hooking up generator to house propane supply

I have a dual fuel generator which came with a 5' Lp gas hose and a regulator to fit a 20 Lb tank. The regulator is a: G2R150: Two stage Regulator Flow rate:150,000Btu/Hr Max. at 11"W.C. outlet ...
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Can a portable generator power multiple circuits in a house?

I'm considering getting a large portable generator to help power our house during rolling brown outs and local electric public shutoffs from our power company. I'm curious though. Can a solution like ...
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setting up a secondary panel with generator (Wire Guidance needed)

I am attempting to gather the supplies needed to setup a secondary panel for a backup generator. The generator itself is a Westinghouse 7500 model that explicitly states that the neutral bonding has ...
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Generator Transfer Switch for 2 Panels

I'd like to install a Transfer Switch (10 circuits) from the Generator to the two panels I have. Each panel is rated at 200 amps. If I turn off the main breaker in one of them, the other panel still ...
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Why is my Honda generator running rough, if at all?

Currently trying to diagnose the issue with my Honda Eu1000i Generator. New spark plug Changed oil Changed gas Cleaned entire carburetor Had the engine running rough for a while and haven't gotten ...
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How to wire a 4 prong outlet in my generator to 3 prong dryer?

I have a generator that I want to be able to run most of the house on in the event of a hurricane, I live in SE Texas. I also have a couple of welders that I plug into my dryer outlet via 8/2 Romex. ...
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How can I use a 120v generator to power both legs of my electrical panel?

I was recently gifted a Champion brand, 3550 watt, 120 v generator. I had intended on hooking it up to my electrical panel via generator plug inlet box and interlock kit, but after doing some ...
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New house generator AC breaker tripping

I have been in our new house less than 1 year. Yesterday we had a a prolong power outage so I decided to test the generator I got for hurricane season to the house existing generator inlet. I turned ...
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Can I install 2 Reliance control pro Tran 2 transfer switch 10 circuit on same panel?

I believe I have a sub panel because there is a breaker at the meter to shut off power. There is also a separate neutral bar from the ground bar in my breaker box. Assuming I have that correct, onto ...
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Are there power transfer switches with various and diverse input types?

If you have solar, you might get a manual transfer switch between utility and solar. Both of those would be hard wired. So let's say you had solar and utility power AND a generator ... I see there ...
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adding new circuit to generator subpanel without a ground bar

I have a main Square D panel with a post-installed Generac (Siemens) subpanel with automatic transfer switch to standby generator. I want to add a new 15A circuit to the subpanel so I can move a ...
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Isolator switch for electric generator to change from bonded to floating neutral

I have an electric Power generator and have a manual transfer switch to use a Power generator when the utility power is out. So the electric power generator is used as is with bonded neutral when used ...
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Why wont the pull cord retract on my honda eu20i generator?

I had no issues with the pull cord recoil starter on my newly acquired used Honda eu20i. Suddenly the the pull cord stopped recoiling at all. I figured the spring had just broke but on removing ...
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Generator Power Inlet Box location

I am installing a 50 amp power inlet box to backfeed my 12000W generator (it has 50amp outlet) into the house main circuit panel (with approved interlock kit..). The inlet box is a GE T050N, that only ...
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Must a generator be connected permanently to the transfer switch?

I will soon be purchasing a 15K watt, 50A generator and an exterior 200A on/off/on transfer switch. Nothing is an issues except for connecting generator to transfer switch cabinet. Must a male/female ...
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120v house equipment with 240v generator question

Tornado took out power around here for a good while. Parents aren't here and I'm stuck with the task of hooking up a generator. I'm not savvy with this stuff very much at all. Here's the issue. The ...
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120v house equipment with 240v generator question

Tornado took out power around here for a good while. Parents aren't here and I'm stuck with the task of hooking up a generator. I'm not savvy with this stuff very much at all. Here's the issue. The ...
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Gronding requirements for standby generator

I'm installing a standby generator for my son's new home build and have questions about grounding, bonding the genset. We are installing a Kohler RXT 200 amp transfer switch between the meter base ...
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Thoughts on furnace generator transfer switch install

I'm replacing my cast iron boiler for hydronic heating and domestic hot water in Massachusetts. Plans are to install a new Viessmann gas fired condensing boiler. Living in New England, it's not out of ...
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What type of gas generator to run a dump pump, fridge, and 3 small appliances [closed]

I need backup power to: - continuously run a sump pump for 4-5 hours - continuously run A fridge - as needed run small appliances like coffee maker, electronics
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All breakers tripping during generator transition

New construction with a Koehler full house generator and Koehler transfer switch. All this work done by a licensed electrician. This is a seasonal home and so my ability to monitor is through the ...
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Propane appliances throwing orange flames suddenly and generator's back firing

So here's the deal: about 1.5 to 2 weeks ago, our generator started backfiring like crazy and our cookstove, water heater and heater are throwing yellow orange flames intermittently as well as ...
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Generator size for well pump

Well, pump and pressure tank installed in 2018, 500 ft uphill from house. Separate grid service to well, with professional installed transfer switch with 4-prong connector for generator. In panel, ...
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Is a reduced neutral conductor acceptable on a cord for use with a generator?

I purchased a 12,500 watt portable generator, a 50 amp inlet box and the corresponding 50 amp plug to power a friend's residence. I also purchased a 10’ long 50 amp range cord to connect the ...
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physical connections to a standby generator

I'm helping my son build a house and he wanted a whole house standby generator. I did the research and found a 14,000 watt Kohler generator and service rated transfer switch the most highly rated. It ...
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Battery start for generator

We recently acquired a 20 year old Honda EM3500SX generator for use with a manual transfer switch when the utility power goes out. My wife would like to be able to operate the generator when I'm away, ...
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How to operate generator transfer switch?

Our house came with a generator hookup already installed by a previous owner. How do I use it? Presumably I attach the generator to the 4-prong socket outside, and get it going, but what sequence of ...
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Can a switchover to backup power be seamless for a whole house?

We're contemplating a backup generator for the house. Most of them have transfer switches that kick in quickly, and automatically, but naturally the generator has to start, spin up, and stabilize ...
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Upstream or downstream breakers for sub panel

I have "recently" created an addition to my house here in CA. The original house had a 200 amp manual transfer switch for a backup generator, but this only feeds the old part of the house via a 100 ...
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Can I run a propane generator under my house?

I recently bought a propane generator to use during the periodic blackouts we get in California now. I have a large crawlspace underneath my home and it would be fairly easy for me to place it down ...
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Transfer switch and generator

I am installing a 100 AMP transfer switch to my 200 AMP meter service on my house. The transfer switch is a 100 AMP breaker type with a lockable guard on the switch itself. Is #3 on 2 hots and #5 on ...
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8500 W generator with L14-30 plug.. How to access full capacity for house?

As an emergency generator I purchased a Wpro8500 from Westinghouse. My house has a transfer switch and the wiring supports 240V 50A. The generator has a few outputs, but the 240V is a 30A. This limits ...
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How to deal with a Diesel generator (PDU6500E)?

Shortly after hurricane Sandy I installed a generator (Powerland PDU6500E), which kept me and the rest of the county without a major power outage since. With winter approaching yet again, I went to ...
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Wiring a Generator to Main Breaker Panel

I'm attempting to wire a generator to my main panel. I was expecting a separate grounding point and neutral in my panel. It appears as though there isn't separate connections for each. It looks as ...
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Shock from mobile generator

I was given a mobile generator but it gives an electric shock from the casing when running. Why? How can I check with an MM? How can I stop it happening without the need for an earth spike.
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Adding Refrigerator to Garage Door circuit

I recently had a transfer switch installed for my generator. I'd like to add a basement refrigerator to the same breaker (in my service panel) as the garage door circuit. This would allow the ...
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Connecting 240 volt generator to Main Panel

I read previous posts that explained that the Sub Panel has a separate connection for ground and separate for neutral, while the Main Panel does not separate the ground & neutral - this is exactly ...
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Can I use a generator with a bonded neutral with my interlock switch?

My house has a separate electrical panel w/interlock switch for my generator that was installed by an electrician. I've used my current generator fine but am looking at a new one. I'm confused by the ...
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Novice Generator Interlock Kit Question

Bear with me. I am preparing for a future blackout. I did some research and am hiring an electrician. For my knowledge, could someone help me understand if i'm incorrect here. I purchased 2 Pulsar ...
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Generator transfer switch manufacturer compatibility?

I am in the process of trying to finalize selection and installation of a standby generator for my house. A couple of years ago, while the house was under construction, the electrical contractor on ...
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Legal requirements for generator installation?

I would like to have a standby generator installed for my house. Based on my own assessment of our electrical needs, along with my desire to have a slower-running generator to reduce noise, and my ...
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How do I relocate a generator inlet box?

From the images above, I have a 30 amp generator inlet that connects to a transfer switch. I’d like to relocate that inlet box to the outside of the house so that I don’t have to run my L14-30 cable ...

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