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Old March 16th, 2015, 09:25 AM   #1
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Default Do you have to throw your main when you have a transfer switch?

Powers out in half the county, I have my generator and transfer switch.

I always throw the main despite having the transfer switch. If I don't throw the main, when the power comes back on the rooms not powered by the genny would come on to tell me the power is back. Right now I either have to shut everything down and test, or drive down the road.

Can I safely leave that main on?
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Old March 16th, 2015, 09:37 AM   #2
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if the transfer switch is located between the electrical meter and the main panel, no.

a transfer switch is simply a Y

utility power ............................... generator power

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Transfer switches are make/break, meaning they can't backfeed up stream.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 10:02 AM   #3
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if the transfer switch is located between the electrical meter and the main panel, no.

a transfer switch is simply a Y

utility power ............................... generator power

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Transfer switches are make/break, meaning they can't backfeed up stream.
Excellent, thank you!
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Old March 16th, 2015, 10:10 AM   #4
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You must run a dune flag on your generator.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 10:52 AM   #5
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Fail. This is on road.
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His generator is on the road?

Good god, man! Someone will steal it!
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No tires. It's in the "D".
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I've saw mains with led green light to let you know its live and there's power to it.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 03:47 PM   #9
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This stuff is just what was here when I moved in.

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