Portable generator

Old 11-24-03, 06:46 AM
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Portable generator

I am wondering if anybody can direct me to a site where it shows a diagram on how to hookup a transfer manuel switch for a portable generator in case I lose power. I recently bought a 5500 watt generator and am trying to get all the info for wiring it up to a transfer switch and any precautions that I might need to take while doing this. I have been talking to the electrical people at Lowes hardware about it it they sound as if it's not to hard to do. My main panel is in my garage and I would like to install the other close to it.
Please advise if you can. Thanks
Old 11-24-03, 08:21 AM
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Do you want to backup your main panel (entire home)? If so, you will need a transfer switch that is rated the same size as your electrical service (and service rated), or depending on your main panel manuf, you might be able to install a second main breaker with an mechnical interlock.

Old 11-24-03, 04:17 PM
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I'm not a big fan of switching the whole panel with a small generator. The temptation is too great to run more than the genset can handle.
I like to use a Gen-Tran panel. This way you switch only the loads in the gen panel and there is no possible way to backfeed the main panel with generator voltage.


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