generator hook up


Old 12-04-04, 05:08 PM
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generator hook up

I just got a generator and was wondering how difficult it is to hook up to the breaker box. How much is a good price for an electrician to do this job? thanks
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Old 12-04-04, 05:34 PM
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To hook up a generator requires a transfer switch. The transfer switch ensures that the generator does not accidentally backfeed the power company lines.

The price of the transfer switch and the labor depends on the size of the generator and on how many circuits are to be moved to the transfer switch.
Old 12-04-04, 06:50 PM
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There is a device that connects behind your meter box, it's about $700, or may be on lease from your utility, it's called the GenConnect.

Up side:
Easy to install
Can power any/all circuits in your home

Down Side:
pricey for what it is
Can power any/all circuits in your home (easy to overload generator)

I'm considering one, haven't decided between it, or just investing the $700 towards a whole house generator.
Old 12-04-04, 07:19 PM
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A Gen-Tran panel is around $350 and $500-$600 installed.
Worth every penny IMO.
If your genset is biger 8k+ watts a whole house switch is a consideration but as stated they are not cheap.
Old 12-05-04, 09:35 AM
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Tell me what brand and model your service disconnecting means is. The Service Disconnecting Means is the first breaker, switch, or fused pull out that will disconnect your home from the utility power. If it is in the form of a main breaker panel there may be a kit available to interlock your main breaker with a generator supply breaker. That is the least expensive way to have your generator available to any circuit in your home with complete safety.
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Old 12-05-04, 11:23 AM
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Mines a Milbank, model UAP3200-XTL-RL-FIG11 (or the one very close to it). It's a meter and circuit breaker box combined.

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