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Re: BD, How does the transfer box with the few breakers work

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Dusty MI

07-26-2013 10:13:32
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There is an interlock that can go on a main panel. It prevents the main breaker and generator breaker being on at the same time.
It's usually cheeper that a stand alone transfer switch. And it is approved.

http://www.interlockkit.com/

Dusty




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Bus Driver

07-26-2013 14:29:10
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 Re: BD, How does the transfer box with the few breakers work in reply to Dusty MI, 07-26-2013 10:13:32  
The interlock kit for about $150 is a ripoff. Genuine SqD is cheaper-- if they have one for your panel. I bought my SqD on eBay from a seller who must have been motivated as it was about half price. In addition to the interlock, the backfed breaker must be securely fastened into the panel. That prevents it from popping loose and having the live snap-on lugs flopping around exposed. The SqD genuine kit has that retainer. The $150 kit does not show it.

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Dusty MI

07-26-2013 17:10:28
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 Re: BD, How does the transfer box with the few breakers work in reply to Bus Driver, 07-26-2013 14:29:10  
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Bus Driver, Thanks for posting that. I knew that there are better places to buy the Inter-Locks. The web site I posted illustrates very well how they work.

I should have said to go shopping for a better price.

Dusty



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jgayman

07-26-2013 10:30:03
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 Re: BD, How does the transfer box with the few breakers work in reply to Dusty MI, 07-26-2013 10:13:32  
I've been using one of these InterLock Kit devices for years to attach my generator to the entire house. I had the mechanical interlock, breaker, and outside reverse-receptacle installed by an electrician.

I can power everything in the house except for the electric water heater. I can run the water heater if I turn off a few other items.

The whole system works great as an emergency power system. I have certain breakers marked with orange dots as those get shut off when running on emergency power.

From the moment the power goes off I can have the power back on in about 6-minutes.

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John T

07-26-2013 10:22:28
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 Re: BD, How does the transfer box with the few breakers work in reply to Dusty MI, 07-26-2013 10:13:32  
Thats what I was talkin about, thanks Dusty man, the AC Hat Man.........

John T



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Dusty MI

07-26-2013 10:26:51
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 Re: BD, How does the transfer box with the few breakers work in reply to John T, 07-26-2013 10:22:28  
Then there is one that is a sub panel. The generator feeds that panel only, and anything you want to be able to run with the generator must be hooked to that panel. They will also work when the line power is on.

So you can see there are 3 or 4 different ways you can go.

Dusty



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