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Bring portable generator in through automatic transfer switch

I currently have a portable generator, an inlet, and an interlock on the main panel to backfeed the panel. I am moving over to an automatic transfer switch with a standby generator. However, as a ...
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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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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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Running a generator on the back of a flatbed - Safety Concerns

Fourth of July is coming up, and we're doing music for the parade off a 1990's Dodge flat-bed truck. Equipment Electric drum kit... the brain is the only electronic (see below) PA system (2000 watts)...
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Predator generator 6500 watt

I have a 6500 watt predator generator, here lately every time I run it, after it runs for maybe 20 minutes to 1 hour the lights in our home cut out and then back in. At first it was only doing it for ...
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Off grid home power shutting off

Let me start by saying thank you for reading my question. I appreciate any help offered. My husband and I just moved to Arizona from Ohio. We purchased a modular home off grid in the mountains. This ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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generator backfire

my generator has 12HP Honda . It sat all winter . Started up first pull last year, this year pulled and cleaned plug after it would not start . Pulled cord, had a backfire and did not start? Had ...
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Automatic transfer switch for honda eu7000 generator?

Is there a reliable automatic transfer switch for the honda eu7000 generator? I'm looking for something that automatically starts the generator without any user intervention. We have a manual ...
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what to mount my generator on

I recently purchased a portable closed hyundai electric generator for home use, 6,3 kva, 8000se, diesel. The generator is on wheels. I have put it in a well ventilated storage shed more than 15 feet ...
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Voltage imbalance on phase-neutral of three phase generator under load

Complaints of occasional voltage spikes blowing electrical items (computer, ac) in a compound. A three phase four wire generator is powering a residential building with primarily single phase 230 ...
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Troubleshoot Reliance transfer switch ACE side

When switched to LINE all circuits work. When switched to GEN, only circuits BDF work. ACE goes dead. I tested ACE with a volt meter and a clamp multimeter. Circuit A, for example draws 3A when on ...
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Generator direct drive of AC \ Heat Pump

What are the key considerations in selecting a generator \ Heat:AC system direct drive system? The application would be for a home in Florida, so in all likeliness cooling used in a lengthy power ...
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Temporary Power Generator Connect

Post-hurricane: if one wanted to correctly restore power to electric circuits with a generator, what should one consider when connecting the generator to circuitry? Disconnect circuit from power ...
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Westinghouse portable generator won't start

In early fall we purchased a Westinghouse WH5500 pull-start generator. We've been pretty good about starting it up and letting it run for a while with a load on it each month just to keep it from ...
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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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Transfer switch vs DPDT relay for a standby generator?

I want to wire an 8 kw standby generator to power my home furnace (120 v, 20 amp) automatically in case of a power outage. The generator can be purchased with and without a transfer switch. Is ...