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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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Can I power a two-phase home service with a single-phase generator?

It is hurricane season here in Florida, so naturally I pulled out the generator to check it and had a question. The generator I have says it can output 30amp single phase. Let's say you wanted to ...
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using two outlets as extension cord

I'm helping a friend build a cabin and we have a generator. I was wondering if I could wire an outlet on the outside of the cabin and another inside. The outside outlet would be for power in and the ...
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Can this outlet be used with an adapter for generator power?

Greetings to anyone who can help: can this (halloween-type face outlet) be used to plug my generator into the house for backfeed power? I'm guessing I'll need an adapter, if such a thing exists? I'm ...
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Can a Kipor KDE 7500STA power a water pump?

I have a fully submerged water pump for my well which is 200 meters deep. The water pump is 3HP, and uses 15 Amps at 220V. Can this generator power the pump (I've provided a link below). In theory it ...
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How to measure power usage on a 120V circuit that can go up to 20 Amps?

I want to measure the power coming out of a 120V outlet that can go up to 20 Amps. A standard household circuit is limited to 15 amps but this is a special situation where we're running our own ...
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Transfer switch worked but only to half the house, used to work fine. Any ideas? Thanks

We have a generac 20k generator and auto transfer switch. It has worked well for 3 years, but now when the power goes out it only switches over half the house. Any suggestions on troubleshooting would ...
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1 generator + multiple ATSes: how can I install this to Code without unobtanium?

I want to supply standby power to both units in a separately metered duplex from a single permanently installed generator. The cheapest way to do this is a pair of bog-standard ATSes and a smallish ...
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Putting a sub panel for a home office/bedroom?

Recently, our neighborhood had a power outage for a few days. Causing my office/bedroom to lose power completely which was a bit of an inconvenience. Out of curiosity, I began googling about ...
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Wiring generator to shed panel

I purchased a pre wired shed that has a small panel in it. The panel itself has a single bus bar for neutral and ground, and two hot rails. Currently all the circuits in the shed have ground and ...
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Why is fuel leaking from the carburetor on my generator?

i have Honda clone gx 160 Chinese generator, fuel is leaking from side which is attached to intake of head, i have cleaned carb checked the float. float is working properly. i have sucked air turning ...
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connecting bulk propane to generator

I live in a rural area and have a ~125 gallon propane tank on a concrete slab that is serviced by a mobile propane delivery company. We use it for hot water, the gas range, and our forced air heating ...
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Breaker Feeding a Transfer Switch

I have 200A service, but I want to add a whole house generator (GENERAC 17k) that has a 100A transfer switch. I plan to use a seperate 100A load center after the transfer switch for the backed up ...
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200A service to 100A transfer switch?

I have 200A service but, I want to add a whole house generator (GENERAC 17k), but my transfer switch is only 100A. Can I add a 200A subpanel (NEMA 3R 12-space with 200A main) on the outside of the ...
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I have a buried wire for a generator in my shed. Is there a safe way to reverse the feed to power the shed?

My current setup: Main panel has 60A 240 breaker that feeds Generator subpanel which has 10 circuits on it. The Gen Feed to the subpanel comes from buried 10-3 in my shed. That works well for running ...
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Manual Transfer Switch to power Main panel and Sub panel circuits

I had installed a Reliance model 31410CRK manual transfer switch, which has 10 individual circuits. I happen to have a Main panel, and a Sub panel which are a few feet apart. The Sub panel was ...
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Natural gas line sizing with generator addition

I am looking at installing a standby generator that uses ~320cfh of natural gas. My utility company said I will have to have a bigger meter installed as I already have ~250cfh of potential usage with ...
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50 champion generator plugged into a Generlink 40 Amp Meter Mounted Transfer Switch

Hello and thanks in advance, I would like to buy the Generlink 40 Amp Meter Mounted Transfer Switch but my champion generator puts out 50 amps. Will this overload the switch. I know it will only let ...
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Why won't my furnace complete the startup sequence when powered by a portable generator?

We recently had a power outage that lasted several days and the house was down to 41 degrees and expected power restore was several days in the future. I purchased a 3500 watt (5250 starting watts) ...
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Can I back feed my panel with a lower amp breaker than the service inlet?

I believe I can run my whole house off my current generator 3500W/4000Max if I don't use the electric stove and oven. The generator subpanel has power meters for both legs, which, even when my oil ...
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Two Breaker panels, one transfer switch?

I have two breaker "panels", one is a 200 amp panel for everything in the house, and a separate one (with a different meter) that is just for my electric cold water heater, right next to the other ...
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20 year old GenTran Switch Totally Dead

Just picked up a new generator after 23 years using the same one. Had to change over the three prong 220v plug in with a 220v twist plug. Been over a year since using backup power. Plugged in the ...
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backfeed generator to house

Can I backfeed my home with two suicide cords, 110 each? I do not have a 220 gen, only 110. I do not have any 220 outlets in the house. Have natural gas for furnace and dryer and water heater. House ...
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Should I Ground a Generator Powering an UPS?

My inverter generator's manual states that "If this generator will be used only with cord and plug-connected equipment, National Electric Code does not require that the unit be grounded." I am not ...
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Is it safe to connect two extension cords to reach 75 feet to a generator?

For my generator? It's a duromax xp4850eh with one of those 240v L14-30 outlets. The inlet is about 75 feet away from where I want the generator to sit outside. Because of voltage drop concerns, I ...
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How can I loosen a hard-to-reach square nut whose holder is broken?

I've been attempting to disassemble a generator at work to replace the starter cord. Being a suitcase-type generator, it's proved to be excessively painstaking. However, it's almost apart - I just ...
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Standby generator

I have a house in Newfoundland, Canada and 5 years ago I had the power turned off before I moved to Ontario, and the power company removed the meter housing and cable from the pole to the house. It ...
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Backfeeding Cord

I know, I know I shouldn't do it, but I just built a cord to backfeed my house with my generator (120v 20A, 3550w). One side plug is a 3 pin lock plug that goes into the generator and the other side ...
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Generator to house hook up

I have a 6.5KW generator and wonder should I use the 120V 30 amp receptacle to hook to house panel or the 240V 30 amp receptacle?
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Interlock and backfeed setup with NEMA L6-20

Am starting to put a generator setup together. I'm planning on setting up an interlock and backfeed breaker into my panel with an outdoor receptacle for the gen to plug into. The issue is this. My ...
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Is it code-legal to backfeed both legs of a 240V panel from a 120V portable generator?

My question is very similar to this one (Can I plug a 120 volt generator into a 240 transfer switch with a modified cord/connector?), but I'd like to know whether DDS's answer is code-legal under the ...
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How to figure out max Watt rating for transfer switch?

We bought a home with a transfer switch installed (seems old, can't find any documentation for it anywhere on the internet). I'm trying to buy an appropriate generator, but am not sure how high of a ...
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Why does my generator throws 220 volts to one leg when put under load

My generator when running showed proper voltage on both the 220 and the 110 outlets, and when wired to a house panel during a power outage it reads the proper voltage at the panel. However, when I ...
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Hooking up 2 generators through an ATS

I live off grid (limited solar) and am trying to hook up two generators through a Kohler ATS (RXT). My goal is to use the smaller (8kw) gasoline powered generator on the "utility" side and the larger ...
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Add new main load center for EV charging

I need to add an EV level 2 charger. Among other reasons, I just overloaded the garage circuit, frying a GFCI outlet when charging my BMW i3 and golf cart at the same time. I'd like the wiring to be ...
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Tripping of generator GFCI 30amps breaker

I am trying to hook up my generator directly to the load center or control panel. To switch my supply from utility grid supply to my generator supply I'm using a double pole 30amp, 240v breaker. With ...
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Alternator health check

I am restoring a fairly old alternator, single phase, 4 poles, 230V, 8kVA, cos phi=0.8, 50Hz @ 1500 RPM. I measured a couple of resistance values and I am wondering whether the alternator is healthy (...
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Question on backfeeding generator [duplicate]

I have a 50amp gillette generator 9000 watts. My question is if i put a adapter to go from NEMA 14-50P to L14-30R with a nema 30r back feeding through my dryer plug would that be safe running a 50 amp ...
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What is this electric plug called?

I need to buy a replacement for a twist-locking electric plug that looks like this: Picture of the socket: Searching online I can't seem to find anything that matches. The closest thing I found are ...