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Home Generator and Transfer Switch Connection

Gerry in New York asks: How can I connect a generator and transfer switch to my house to supply electricity? Basic Generator Connection to Power a Home, Generator Transfer Switch and Panel.


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[ad#block] Electrical Question: How can I connect a generator and transfer switch to my house to supply electricity?

This home electrical repairs question came from: Gerry, from Nesconset, New York.

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

Generator Power for a Home

Application: Installing a Home Generator.
Skill Level: Advanced – Licensed Electrical Contractor, Not Recommended for Homeowners.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools and the various power tools necessary for installing the generator, transfer switch, interlock kit, or generator circuit panel.
Estimated Time: Depends on the type and size of the generator and transfer switch or device and the available access to the project area.
Important: Installing a generator, transfer switch or generator panel must be well thought out and performed with a permit with all work being inspected.
Note: Back-feeding or using cheater cords to connect a generator to the home electrical system is extremely dangerous and should never be used.

Basic Generator Connection to Power a Home

Generator Transfer Switch and Panel

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