Friday, March 30, 2012

Connecting Emergency Power Systems: Part Two: Generators

**Remember that you can make your own fuel through distillation of corn, sugar and yeast to make moonshine. Of course pictures would be best in dealing with electrical work, and those are hard to do here, so if you aren't familiar with this type of work, leave it to a professional.

Turn off the main breaker before beginning work on this project. Bolt the DPDT transfer switch to the wall next to your home's electrical supply. The generator needs to be close because you will be connecting a heavy-duty cable from the generator to the transfer switch. A transfer switch changes the source of the power coming into your home from the electrical lines to the generator. If you do not turn the switch to emergency power, the feedback of electricity on the power lines could injure or kill a utility worker.

Connect the DPDT transfer switch to the emergency subpanel box. Connect the heavy duty cable to the lower right hole in the transfer switch into the left hole of the subpanel. The subpanel box allows you to choose the circuits you wish to remain on in case of emergency shut-off of power. (freezers, lighting and cooking appliances)

Connect the chosen circuits to the appropriate outlets using standard conduit and wiring. If you prefer, you can install separate outlets for appliances operating on solely emergency power.

Connect the power connection to the generator using conduit and exiting the home through the wall behind which the generator is located. The second smaller hole on the bottom of the DPDT transfer switch is where the sensing and transfer conduit goes. This conduit connects in the back of the generator and can be screwed into place. Attach a grounding rod to the generator unit and drive it 3 feet into the ground.

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