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Generac standby generator Neutral

Hi hoping someone can help with a question. I'm trying to help out my brother. He just picked up an older generac 7k standby generator (not the portable type) to use for power the garage (off-the-grid)...
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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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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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Can I use a 240/120 transformer and adapter cable to connect a generator to my house?

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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