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02-22-21, 09:42 AM
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Posted By patmurphey

I want to add that after losing power for a week...

I want to add that after losing power for a week during Irene here in NJ, I went to the local Kohler dealer and got a bid for a 20kw whole house generator, installed, for $12,500. That was too much...
02-22-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 254
Posted By patmurphey

Being pretty handy is probably not enough. Are...

Being pretty handy is probably not enough. Are you qualified to do the wiring at the service entrance level? Are you properly qualified to do NG plumbing? Does your gas meter need upgrading? Are...
02-09-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 304
Posted By patmurphey

Can we ask where this 50 amp circuit breaker is...

Can we ask where this 50 amp circuit breaker is going? A main panel with an interlock or a transfer switch?
12-28-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 294
Posted By patmurphey

To connect to an inlet to a transfer switch or an...

To connect to an inlet to a transfer switch or an inlet to your panel protected by an interlock, you only need three prongs for 240v if you are not switching the neutral - 240v plus ground
10-25-20, 08:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 548
Posted By patmurphey

How di you ignore a clear statement that what you...

How di you ignore a clear statement that what you are doing is illegal? Geez! The arrogance!
08-17-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 659
Posted By patmurphey

Is there something wrong with doing it right when...

Is there something wrong with doing it right when connecting a generator to a household service when not switching the neutral?
08-16-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 703
Posted By patmurphey

"Here in suburban NY building codes require...

"Here in suburban NY building codes require permanently installed generators to have permits and meet codes.

A generator on wheels with plug is not covered by code.

Building electric wire...
08-14-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 659
Posted By patmurphey

Don't buy a generator that includes the nonsense...

Don't buy a generator that includes the nonsense that you would void the warranty if you connected it to a residence in a manner that complies with code. Don't buy one for residential use that makes...
08-11-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 264
Posted By patmurphey

If you can do whole house, a standby generator is...

If you can do whole house, a standby generator is more useful and not that much more expensive than one feeding a transfer panel with limited circuits.

I paid a total of $6500 to install a $2900...
06-11-20, 10:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 603
Posted By patmurphey

"Safety precautions", does that include an...

"Safety precautions", does that include an interlock or a transfer switch?
05-01-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,961
Posted By patmurphey

You're not supposed to have 2 bonds, Doh. Does...

You're not supposed to have 2 bonds, Doh. Does that answer your question?
04-22-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 361
Posted By patmurphey

I hope you understand that 2 compatible 120v...

I hope you understand that 2 compatible 120v generators in parallel are just driving the same phase 120v output, just with 2 motors instead of one. They cannot be connected to a system out of phase...
12-26-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 556
Posted By patmurphey

It's illegal to backfeed without a code compliant...

It's illegal to backfeed without a code compliant interlock or transfer switch, so quit trying to do it cheap, wrong and dangerous.
10-26-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,858
Posted By patmurphey

If you're considering a standby generator, you...

If you're considering a standby generator, you better act fast. There are likely not enough generators in the pipe line or available qualified installers to keep up with the demand.
10-17-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 608
Posted By patmurphey

Your furnace should be hard wired. In order to...

Your furnace should be hard wired. In order to legally power it with a generator extension cord, install an inexpensive furnace transfer switch such as this:
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10-12-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 873
Posted By patmurphey

PJmax, yes, he's getting good advice here on how...

PJmax, yes, he's getting good advice here on how to deal with neutral bonding and GFCI, but he is also asking about backfeeding his panel with 120v generator.
10-11-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 873
Posted By patmurphey

The question is about backfeeding not GFCI.

The question is about backfeeding not GFCI.
10-11-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 873
Posted By patmurphey

"...I know I need a transfer switch that’s...

"...I know I need a transfer switch that’s coming. As power went out I tried to hook it up without..."

Why are we discussing how to do this?
09-30-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 508
Posted By patmurphey

Your neighbor wont care about the noise in a week...

Your neighbor wont care about the noise in a week long outage if you let him run an extension cord to his refrigerator.

Seriously, to answer the OP's question, use the price of a comparable...
09-30-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 508
Posted By patmurphey

The expense of a Honda is colossal overkill for...

The expense of a Honda is colossal overkill for emergency power. There are tons of perfectly good generators out there with the power that you would need.

If you need a quiet little generator for...
09-23-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 551
Posted By patmurphey

"However IMHO, running a 20 amp oven off of a 40...

"However IMHO, running a 20 amp oven off of a 40 amp circuit, could possibly create a fire hazard, since the oven could overload and the 40 amp breaker won't allow for it to trip properly."

How...
07-27-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 595
Posted By patmurphey

"doesn't seem to be a safety concern" only...

"doesn't seem to be a safety concern" only applies if you can access the splices in the box, period.
06-21-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,056
Posted By patmurphey

I'd also be concerned that a "well ventilated...

I'd also be concerned that a "well ventilated building" is actually carbon monoxide "safe" for running a generator.
01-13-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 606
Posted By patmurphey

I hope the car is old enough so as not to have...

I hope the car is old enough so as not to have other settings besides the clock that the battery maintains. A clock alone is not a problem for a battery in good condition. For example, even on some...
10-25-18, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,839
Posted By patmurphey

Google "furnace transfer switch" for some manual...

Google "furnace transfer switch" for some manual switching 15 amp options.
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