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Re: Generator test, one more time

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07-10-2014 11:57:26

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Gosh, guys, I am sorry, I apologize, I did not make myself clear.

I am not touting the wisdom of connecting the phases together, not at all.

I did mention that I have done this several times, and it works quite well, but, that is not the point of my original post.

I thank each of you who have responded so far, and I know each of you are right and correct in everything said so far.

But, you are all missing my point.

My point is, I want to get away from backfeeding like this, and want to connect my 120 volt generator to the house with a transfer switch in such a way that I can feed the entire house.

I am just stating that I have effectively done this many times by the method I described, so I know my 2800 watt generator can power up everything I need in an emergency power out situation.

I just want to do it legally and properly with a transfer switch and not switch individual circuits.

That is my only point and several electricians say it cannot be done, that they want no part of connecting a 120 volt generator to house wiring.

That's my only point. I was just soliciting comments on using a single transfer switch with a 120 volt generator.

They would not install one to even power up one side.

So, am I to assume that a guy with a 120 volt generator is limited to transfer switches for individual circuits or using extension cords?

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07-10-2014 12:09:03

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 Re: Generator test, one more time in reply to Milan, 07-10-2014 11:57:26  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seeSee my other post. For reasons given there, I understand why they won't do it. You don't sound like an electrical do-it-yourself'er, but the diagramming is simple, however, there is a lot of work to install & if you are in some jurisdiction that does not allow such & must have an electrician perform the work, then you are probably SOL unless you can show/convince/otherwise to get him to sign on.

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07-10-2014 14:15:21

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 Re: Generator test, one more time in reply to JMOR, 07-10-2014 12:09:03  
I am staying out of this one.

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