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Need generator for 1.5 HP pool motor [closed]

I have a 1.5 H.P pool motor. I need portable generator for the motor for backup.What size generator do I need?
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How do I connect a sub-panel to a generator transfer switch?

Our house currently has a transfer switch to our main panel. Our barn has a subpanel that houses our electric fence and more importantly, well pump. As of right now, the transfer switch does not ...
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Install battery on honda generator?

I have a Honda generator and I want to install the battery. Somebody else took the old battery out, so I don’t how they did that. The problem is that I only see a gray cable, a black cable, and a ...
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Gen on backfeed breaker won't power GCFIs

I've been doing research online to try to help me narrow down things. Here's what I've got: I bought a small (3500W) generator with a floating neutral. It has a 120v 3wire TT30 receptacle. No special ...
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To use any generator with the house inlet, may one leave the generator ground wire unconnected in the inlet?

tl;dr: To facilitate using any generator with the house inlet, regardless of transfer switch type or generator neutral-ground-bond status, may one leave the generator ground wire unconnected in the ...
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Can 2 different portable generators be wired to off-grid cabin's single panel - not used simultaneously but rather one or the other at different times

We have an off-grid cabin. Currently we have a Champion 7500 watt dual fuel generator powered with propane that is connected by a 120/240v cord directly into the cabin's electrical circuit panel. The ...
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Does my generator interlock require a ground rod?

I will back feed the main panel of my home with the portable generator, power inlet box and breaker. The schematic for the generator shows that neutral is connected to the ground inside the generator. ...
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Electrical Back-up Solution

I have a 350 Watt appliance that I need to run pretty much continuously. An electrical outage of a few seconds isn't a problem but more than a minute or two becomes an issue. So I need a back-up ...
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Rewiring a 4-Wire Generator Wire To 3-Prong Generator Plug

We have installed a generator fallback, so that we can switch between using city power and generator power. The cord socket that I we have to connect the generator to the house power-grid is 4-prong ...
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How should I connect a power inlet box for a portable generator? [closed]

How to wire Generator Inlet Power box 50 amps in Main Panel? There is no Ground busbar in the Main Panel, only Neutral busbar bonded to the Ground which has mixed connection of Neutral & Ground ...
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What does it mean to "flash" a generator?

My gennie stopped putting out power this weekend. We had a power outage for couple hours so I ran the gennie. Started out like normal, ran the house fine, but after a while even though the engine was ...
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Wiring a 100 Amp Transfer Switch to main panel

I have a 100-Amp 240-Volt Outdoor Non-Fused Transfer Switch and would like to wire it to the main panel outside. My main panel has 3 breakers (Oven [25 Amp], A/C [50 Amp], & House [100 Amp]) my ...
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Portable generators - high THD (total harmonic distortion) ways to solve

I was looking at portable generator options and it seems like very few have THD below 5%. Is there a good (and reasonably priced) approach to cleaning up the power by using some sort of power ...
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How to install generator inlet box with my current house setup?

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 ...
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50-amp inlet able to be used with 30-amp generator via adapter?

I'm thinking of putting in an inlet box so as to be able to use a generator if the power goes out (with interlock too for safety). I'm not sure what generator I'm going to get yet, but would like to ...
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Generac 22-24kw breaker wiring from generator

I have a Generac 22kw home standby generator. I bought it with the intention of installing it in the near future, so it is currently sitting in my garage. I decided to open it up and see a few things, ...
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400amp service entrance 200amp transfer switch

My local big box retailer has a decent priced 22kw lp generator/200amp transfer switch deal going right now. I'm considering purchasing it but I'm unsure on the correct way to go about my situation. I ...
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Is a propane supply necessary for a standby generator?

(This question is about a small house in the northeastern US. Power outages are not uncommon, especially in winter, and can occasionally last for more than 24 hours. We are considering a standby ...
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Why is my Troy-Bilt 5500 watt generator blowing exhaust back through the carb and muffler? If its a backfire, then its doing it on every stroke!

I've checked the valve gap and all is well but on every stroke I have exhaust coming back through the carb. Not just a little, almost as if it were the muffler! Engine runs rough obviously and ...
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120/240 home generator interlock/transfer outlet/adapter setup

So I'm wondering what sort of inlet / adapters I need to accomplish the following. Suppose I own the following generators: Honda EU2200: 2x 120V-15A (Standard home outlets) Honda EU2200 Companion: 1x ...
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Can I have net-metering with an ATS between utility and batteries and diverse power inputs (solar, wind, generator) behind the batteries?

I would like to participate in net-metering until I have a solar array large enough to disconnect from the grid entirely. However, for various reasons, I am going to have an undersized solar array ...
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Generator GFCI Outlet Tripping

Recently I purchased this 4375 watt generator from HF: https://www.harborfreight.com/merchandising-promotions/brands/predator/predator-generators/4375-watt-gas-powered-portable-generator-epa-iii-63962....
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Neutral-Ground bonding with generator (no utility power)

I've been doing plenty of searching around the internet, but cannot find anything for my specific scenario. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. I would like to install a breaker panel at ...
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How to wire subpanel back to back for portable generator

I bought a 12Kw Pulsar G12KBN portable generator with a 50Amp outlet to power my house and my 4ton AC during Louisiana storm seasons (last year we had 6 storms) and I'm looking for best recommendation ...
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Default an appliance to off (no power) when on generator power and on when on utility power

I'm planning a generator installation (Generac PowerPact 7.5kw) with an ATS with 8 circuits (i.e. Not whole house). I want 240v hot water to always be on when on utility power. When the ATS switches ...
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Can I ground my portable generator into the third prong of an active outside receptacle?

I have read that it is best/safest to use the house ground to ground my generator. Why will using the ground connection in my outside active receptacle work, or not work, when grounding my 4000 watt ...
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How can I supply 240v power to my home with 120v generators?

I want to hook up two 3kw inverter generators together to power my house in case of power loss. They only have 120V not 240V. How can I make this work while supplying power to all circuits 120V & ...
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Are generator "bonding plugs" safe and legal?

I've been researching portable generators, and I have learned that models with a floating neutral need to be grounded. Some people say you can bypass this requirement by plugging a "bonding plug&...
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Converting generator power to "clean" power for sensitive electronics

I have a Duromax "Beast" power generator that I've been using to run my home during power outages due to storms, etc. From the start, I decided to do things right and had an electrician ...
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New Generator Help Please

All, I need some thoughts on how to hookup my new generator. I am going to use a interlock on my main eaton 200amp panel and back feed through a outside plugin wired to a breaker for the interloc. I ...
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Generator has 4 prongs, can an adapter be used? [closed]

I bought a generator that has the power cord with 4 prongs on the end. Can I use a three prong adapter to plug into the regular house electrical or do I need an electrician to install a box that ...
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Right transfer switch for connecting small generator to a 100amp service?

I got a little 3,300 generator for Christmas, and I'm looking at transfer switches so I can plug it into my house. I won't be able to power the whole home, but even limited power is better than no ...
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Four transfer switches do not seem sufficient to control numerous appliances through 120v panel breakers

I am trying to hook up Honda 7000 to a Reliance transfer switch (just using their manual at the moment). The setup requires balancing the 120 volt loads among 3 transfer switches for each side of the ...
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Should I bother with this 10-20 plug or replace it?

I have a water pump, it works fine. Motor is rated for 115/230 and draws 9.6 or 4.8 full-load amps depending on voltage. Its cord has a plug that appears to be vintage NEMA 10-20, but I'm not certain ...
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Connecting a Honda 7000iS portable generator to a transfer switch

I recently purchased a Honda EU7000iS generator (manual) to power our house when the power goes out. The house came with a transfer switch but I'm unsure which cord to buy to connect the two. Can ...
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How to upgrade generator socket from 20A to 30A?

I just replaced a 20A generator with a 30A one, and I need to upgrade the generator socket. The context is a 100% off-grid cabin with two solar panels, a small battery bank, and a 120VAC inverter ...
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Portable power distribution box

A power distribution box would be nice for connecting different loads to a generator at an off-grid job or camp site. But commercial units are big, heavy, and expensive, and they offer some features I ...
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Can I run my 40 Amp Range Stove partially on a 30 Amp generator

I plan to buy a 7500/9500 Watt generator with a L14-30 hookup, rated for 30Amps. The breaker for my Stove Range is a 40 Amp. I don't know the actual Amps required by my Stove; it's not in the manual ...
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What's the best way to connect transfer switch and sub panel?

I purchased a used Generac 10kva with a transfer switch and am in the final stages of getting things setup. The generator itself has a 45a breaker on it and I've got 6 ga wire running from it to the ...
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Adding couple outlets from portable generator wiring to house

I want to add a couple of outlets from a generator to inside of the house to avoid having extension cords running through the door when the power is out. Similarly to this product. I’ve got a small ...
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How can I use an adapter to get 120V from my generator to my house?

I have a new 3500 portable generator that has an outlet to accept 4-prong for 240 and 3 prong for 120. The house is set up with a four prong male inlet that goes to two electrical boxes. One is ...
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Secondary Generator Wiring

I have a Generac Guardian 22kw hardwired in via an RTS switch. When the power goes out (and it does so fairly often) the generator kicks on automatically and there is barely a flicker in the lights. ...
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Generator wiring into Automatic Transfer Switch – wire gauge

I will be wiring a Generac 24kW Generator, connecting into a 200A Generac Automatic Transfer Switch. This Transfer Switch’s output is then powering a 200Amp service panel. The Generator’s max ...
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Wiring for an emergency generator interlock

I want to use an interlock to have use of any breakers (if necessary) in my circuit panel.The problem is I have power from the utility meter feeding a service disconnect which, in turn, feeds the main ...
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What is the correct wiring (including Ground) for two main load centers plus transfer switch?

I will be building a new house and plan to have 400A electric utility service split into two 200A main load centers. One of those load centers will be tied to a whole house generator via an automatic ...
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Wiring for a generator Inlet and EV charger

I recently purchased a generator that has both a 30A and 50A outlets. In order to provide my home with more amperage I decided 50A would be the better choice to install the inlet. I was lucky enough ...
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Swapping out Onan generator on a motor home

I have a non-functioning 120V Onan generator on a motorhome. To replace it with another Onan that is 240V, do I need to change any wiring to the vehicle or can I rewire it in-place the same way? The ...
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Can a honda iAVR generator safely run a computer?

Honda advertises their iAVR generators as producing stable enough power to run a computer. For example, see "applications" section at https://powerequipment.honda.com/generators/models/...
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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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