Originally Posted By: Dennis Bozek
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Well Mike, inside of the transfer switch or the generator, there should be a override switch, which allows the generator to be started manually and allows for maintenance of the generator by Mr. Home Owner, without the generator starting up on it’s own. Also, unless Mr. Home Owner is wealthy, it is not common to see a automatic transfer switch for such devices and the generators that go with them are quite expensive. Normally one would see a 30KW Home Depot portable generator, a cord with a 220 plug on it, and a manual transfer switch in the basement next to the panel. I have even seen systems with no transfer switch, whereas the manual turn off of the main breaker was performed by the home owner and then the generator would be plugged into the house through a 220 receptacle that allowed the main panel to be backfed through a breaker in the panel. Just a note of caution Mike…the latter example here is very dangerous if not done properly and should be noted as such.
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