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12-15-11, 08:45 PM
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Posted By insthink

Jennifer Henry Christian! PLUS the...

Jennifer Henry Christian!

PLUS the underground raceway & PVC?

That will costs a few thousands unless he digs the trench and lays the PVC. Makes us wonder why they claim the price of kW includes...
12-15-11, 08:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,190
Posted By insthink

Watt meters = useless for generators. The...

Watt meters = useless for generators.

The real killers for generators are motor appliances (Furnace fans, refrigerators, sump pumps). They require 5 to 6 times as many amps as they use after they...
12-15-11, 07:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 977
Posted By insthink

4.3 amps is very very little, meaning it's...

4.3 amps is very very little, meaning it's probably be the full load ampacity (Normal running amps).
If that's the case, then the STARTING amps required could be as much as 25 amps!! (check the...
12-15-11, 06:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,281
Posted By insthink

Yes the cec is nearly identical especially on...

Yes the cec is nearly identical especially on elementary codes such as those in my case.

The generator outputs 240v 30a on two 120v 30a hot legs. It gives the capacity of using up 60a at 120v if...
12-15-11, 05:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 977
Posted By insthink

It should be written on a sticker on the heat...

It should be written on a sticker on the heat pump, look for specs listing voltage and amps.

Amps X voltage = Watt

Hopefully that sticker will list the MAXIMUM amperage drawn by the unit, which...
12-14-11, 09:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,402
Posted By insthink

Oh it's not diesel? Well, ya gasoline = $$$...

Oh it's not diesel?

Well, ya gasoline = $$$ but is the upfront cost of a NG generator installation inferior to the cumulative price difference between natural gas and gasoline use over X number of...
12-14-11, 08:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,402
Posted By insthink

You can convert your current generator into...

You can convert your current generator into stationary.

Hard hook up through transfer switch, put a muffler on it to help with the noise and voila. Job done for 500$ (250$ transfer switch +...
12-14-11, 08:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,065
Posted By insthink

You're not even allowed to put jacketed/sheathed...

You're not even allowed to put jacketed/sheathed in raceways .(Whatever the word is for multiple conductor cables).

So already you're breaking the code :p

But a 1 1/2" raceway can accommodate...
12-14-11, 07:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,186
Posted By insthink

The REAL expensive part is hooking up the...

The REAL expensive part is hooking up the generator to your house.

My generator can power my furance (800W running 1400W start), my fridge (800W running, 2000W start) and quite a few lights, TV...
12-14-11, 07:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,281
Posted By insthink

Transfer Switch - Basic question

From my main panel, I need to remove all circuits that will be generator-backup'ed and bring them to my transfer switch.

Transfer switch is 60A 120/240

My main panel uses fuses.



What...
12-13-11, 07:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,750
Posted By insthink

Thanks for clarifying guys! Last question ...

Thanks for clarifying guys!

Last question

Generator has unbonded neutral.
Neutral is bonded at the transfer switch.

From the twistlock plug, I'll have H/H/N/GND

Does the ground cable...
12-12-11, 06:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,750
Posted By insthink

I know 240V doesn't require neutral. but your...

I know 240V doesn't require neutral.
but your explanation that sinewave is involved in creating the 240V explains why [email protected] each doesn't require a 60A return neutral, as each hot is hot at...
12-12-11, 04:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,750
Posted By insthink

30A hot + 30A hot + neutral - What's the neutral gauge?

A generator that supplies 120V/240V uses as 3-wire system.

2x 120V hots
1x Neutral
1x Ground


Now each hot is on a 30A breaker.

I'd get 2x30A of 120V shared with 30A of 240V.
12-08-11, 05:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,214
Posted By insthink

Hondavan, even 12ga would "do" for ground in a...

Hondavan, even 12ga would "do" for ground in a 30amp circuit as the ground wouldn't be used at full capacity for more than a second (until normal situations in which ground has its use). When ground...
12-07-11, 01:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,214
Posted By insthink

Yes it is a 30 amp circuit.

Yes it is a 30 amp circuit.
12-07-11, 08:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,214
Posted By insthink

10ga Hot/Neutral, 12ga GND

I already have a 100' spool of 12ga green ground RW90 cable.
I need to make a 10ga circuit.

Is it "code okay" to use lower amp rated ground than the circuit?

Logically the only risk I'd be...
Replies: 3
Views: 1,590
Posted By insthink

Well one thing I should have thought of... I...

Well one thing I should have thought of...

I don't have a hitch :p

Though my vehicle is plenty big enough for getting it inside...

ramps maybe? After all, getting the trencher in the trailer...
Replies: 3
Views: 1,590
Posted By insthink

Trencher - Renting one, worried about transport

I have a 18 inch trench to dig for 35 feet. I'd do it manually, but I'm hitting stones the size of a football every couple of feet of distance.

So I found a store that rents trenchers but I'm...
11-27-11, 12:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,484
Posted By insthink

No the generator doesn't have GFCI. Hence why I'm...

No the generator doesn't have GFCI. Hence why I'm going to put one in front of all other electrical outlets I'd install on that circuit.




Well it's not a range. It's a stove/fireplace, just...
11-27-11, 11:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,484
Posted By insthink

Portable generator to dedicated circuit in house (Not relay)

I have a portable generator with floating neutral that I want to conveniently connect to a few dedicated outlets in the basement (Refuge with gaz stove for power outages).

Normally the ground...
Replies: 2
Views: 21,115
Posted By insthink

Weird, I guess I can't post links here, or maybe...

Weird, I guess I can't post links here, or maybe I need a certain post count, but I cant find that information anywhere.

I'll post the links with a space before "com". Remove the space.


LCD...
Replies: 2
Views: 21,115
Posted By insthink

LCD Control / Tcon board failure?

hi guys, I hope I'm not crashing your party by being a new guy. I admit I came here for this problem... so I'm going to try and avoid being the ignorant newbie who asks generic questions with no...
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