John T, I have an example I'd like to get your opinion on. The line that brings electric down the road I live on has 7,200 on the top wire and the bottom is the ground. It's the same system that was put in in 1948 here. Each pole has a copper ground wire down the side of the pole and goes to the bottom of the wood pole in the earth.
Over the years in ice storms I've seen that bottom line break between poles and fall. The Hot line(7,200) was still connected and we still had power. In fact I've seen that condition like that for as much as 6 days before the power company got around to making the repair. And the power stayed on for all the houses down this road till the repair was made.
What if any type of danger were the houses/people in under this condition?
I have my generator wired with a mechanical interlock from a dedicated breaker (for generator) that is back fed, to the main breaker. "can't turn generator breaker on unless main is off and main can't be turned on while generator breaker is on"
It's legal here to operate with this setup.
Do you see potential problems with this setup?