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How to Install Generator Power for Your Home

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Connect a Generator Transfer Switch to the Home Panel: Connecting the Generator to the Home.

Wiring a Generator Transfer Switch to the Home Panel

Electrical Question: I would like an electrical drawing of a residential Generator rated at 120/240 volt, 30 amp.

Thank you for the memory refresher. It’s been a long time. From an old I.B.E.W. retired wire man.

This electrical question came from: Ed, from St. James, New York.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Ed.

Connecting Generator Power to the Home Electrical System

Application: Installing a Generator
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, Not Recommended for Homeowners.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools and the various power tools necessary for installing the generator and transfer switch.
Estimated Time: Depends on the type and size of the generator and transfer switch and the available access to the project area.
Precaution: Any existing electrical wiring within the immediate area that may interfere with the installation of the transfer switch may need to be relocated if necessary. Special consideration must be given to the existing electric service panel and the circuits that will be powered by the generator.
Important: Installing a generator and transfer switch must be well thought out and performed with a permit with all work being inspected.

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