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    Generator transfer switch. Which one to get?

    Lowes has one that's like $400. Amazon has some that are below $100 and up to and above what Lowes has.
    My generator is a 6500w, and I doubt we'll be drawing more than half that during outages.

    I don't want to buy more than I need, but also worry that the cheap ones maybe don't all they need to. I have no experience with this at all.

    Any advice on how much to spend, or which one to buy?
    Here's the list on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Outdoor+G...ref=nb_sb_noss

    Thanks.

    #2
    Do your research, often times the cheap ones use inferior copper (Chinese) low grade breakers and shitty sheet metal in order to be price point product. IMO get a hold of local electrician hopefully a friend and let him steer you to brand that is safe and reliable locally.
    Always going somewhere

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      #3
      https://www.awebtoknow.com/reviews/b...cuit-breakers/

      https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/...ead.php?t=9523
      Always going somewhere

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        #4
        Then read this... but with a grain of salt https://generatorgrid.com/blog/transfer-switch/
        Always going somewhere

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          #5
          I have a reliance one and I can confirm that it's high quality. Very impressed with it.

          It doesn't have proprietary\integrated breakers (old ones did) and they are replaceable.

          Edit* - this is the one I went with. I don't have a big generator (4k watts) so I only needed 6 circuits

          https://www.amazon.com/Reliance-Port...garden&sr=1-12

          It has a single double pull breaker that can handle 30 amps (like a well pump)
          Last edited by Kaptain; 07-16-2020, 01:08 PM.

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            #6
            I believe this is the one (at least looks like it) that was installed when we built the house...

            https://www.amazon.com/Reliance-Cont...kle_mcd_asin_1

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              #7
              Meter base style, use your existing panel.




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              Hey, don't lob factual statements at me as if they're insults

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                $50 for this one if you want it

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                  #9
                  Whole-house manual switch.

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                    #10
                    There was a interesting thread on "the forum we dont speak of" that was about the same topic.

                    That adam henry didnt want to buy a switch.

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                      #11
                      Just do a lockout switch.

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                        #12
                        Thanks for the links provided. I'm reading and learning a bit more.

                        It looks like when I buy a switch, it will come with a certain amount of breakers, and that amount is how many of my current ones I'll be able to use. This is how stupid I am, I always assumed that plugging the gen in would give me ALL my circuits by default and that the switch is just a simple gateway to prevent power flow into the line upon power restored.

                        The picture above of the meter based style, that's what I had in mind. No need for another box, no need for circuits and decisions, just a plug n play system to make this legit. Looks like it requires work on the meter, so would PGE have to come out?

                        Are any of these options easy enough for me to wire up myself without hiring an electrician?

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                          #13
                          It can give you all of your breakers if it is spliced into the line in the correct place.

                          Mine is a spot between the pge feed and the incoming line and the switch is there gets flipped and babawow gen is used in place of mainline.

                          Yes they are easy enough for you to wire.

                          Even a caveman can do it.

                          Originally posted by Yota Up View Post
                          Thanks for the links provided. I'm reading and learning a bit more.

                          It looks like when I buy a switch, it will come with a certain amount of breakers, and that amount is how many of my current ones I'll be able to use. This is how stupid I am, I always assumed that plugging the gen in would give me ALL my circuits by default and that the switch is just a simple gateway to prevent power flow into the line upon power restored.

                          The picture above of the meter based style, that's what I had in mind. No need for another box, no need for circuits and decisions, just a plug n play system to make this legit. Looks like it requires work on the meter, so would PGE have to come out?

                          Are any of these options easy enough for me to wire up myself without hiring an electrician?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Yota Up View Post
                            Thanks for the links provided. I'm reading and learning a bit more.

                            It looks like when I buy a switch, it will come with a certain amount of breakers, and that amount is how many of my current ones I'll be able to use. This is how stupid I am, I always assumed that plugging the gen in would give me ALL my circuits by default and that the switch is just a simple gateway to prevent power flow into the line upon power restored.

                            The picture above of the meter based style, that's what I had in mind. No need for another box, no need for circuits and decisions, just a plug n play system to make this legit. Looks like it requires work on the meter, so would PGE have to come out?

                            Are any of these options easy enough for me to wire up myself without hiring an electrician?
                            The meter base style, you get the power co there to pull the meter and the electrician stabs it in place and they reinstall the meter. Takes only a few minutes to install.
                            Hey, don't lob factual statements at me as if they're insults

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                              #15
                              Cheap, safe, and easy way to just back feed your entire panel with the 6500 kw gen.

                              http://www.interlockkit.com

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