Monthly Archives: August 2012

What Will My Portable Generator Run During a Power Outage?

The power capacity of different generator models varies as widely as the appliances they power. If your power goes out, you’re probably less concerned that your electric stove doesn’t have power than you are about the basement flooding because your … Continue reading

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Prepare for Hurricane Isaac as it Threatens Gulf States

As of Friday afternoon, Tropical Storm Isaac has taken a northwest track and continues to strengthen. Sustained winds are currently at 60 miles per hour and are expected to increase over the next 72 hours. As early as Sunday morning, … Continue reading

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Manual Transfer Switch Installation: Part 2

<< Start with Manual Transfer Switch Installation: Part 1 Connecting the Main Utility Supply Route the two colored hot wires neatly through the transfer switch box to the utility supply breaker and trim them to length. Strip the insulation back … Continue reading

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Manual Transfer Switch Installation: Part 1

Installing a manual transfer switch requires planning, a step you should not skip. After you obtain a building permit and know your plan is approved, you can move forward with your installation. The plan you presented to the building department … Continue reading

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Planning a Manual Transfer Switch Installation: Materials

Make a list of the materials you intend to use for your manual transfer switch installation. You will need the list to apply for the building permit, and having a list will limit returning to the store for more parts … Continue reading

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Planning a Manual Transfer Switch Installation

The modification of your home’s electrical system requires a building permit and an inspection. Before planning your transfer switch installation, consult with your local building and code enforcement department to determine local installation requirements and building codes. Most will require … Continue reading

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Single-Phase versus Three-Phase Generators

Electric power utilities generate alternating current, or AC and distribute it via the power grid to homes, businesses and industry. Alternating current changes constantly. It begins at zero volts, rises to a specific level and then falls back to zero … Continue reading

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August Newsletter – Hurricane Preparation

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The GenReady Load Center

Adding a standby generator to a home usually requires additional equipment that includes an automatic transfer switch and an emergency load center. Circuits in the emergency load center are normally supplied with electricity from the power company via a circuit … Continue reading

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Home Generator Digital Load Management

A home generator unit, whether a permanently-connected standby generator or a temporarily-connected portable unit, is only capable of supplying a limited amount of power. After capacity is reached, the generator is unable to meet any additional demand. Adding demand once … Continue reading

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