Our power flicked out for a few hours this weekend, and that reminded me
it was time to install my generator panel. I completely understand and
agree there must be a foolproof wait to prevent backfeeds. In the past,
I had thought that pulling the main breaker was sufficient (is it?), but
that does not meet the "legal requirements".
Anyway, I have no trouble with an enforced bypass that will not allow
the generator to feed back onto the grid.
However, most transfer panels I see require an additional subpanel with
the "generator powered cicuits" ran through them. This limits my
flexability quite a bit.
What I'd like to do is power my entire EXISITING panel from either the
generator or the grid. Hence, when power goes out, I throw a switch
that cuts the entire grid connections (2 hots and the neutral) over to
the 4 prong generator hookup.
As for a 5500 watt generator powering my home, I turn off everything but
what I want to run. And it is my problem if I trip the 30A breaker
which now replaces the 200A main.
Has anyone heard if the "powers that be" (a/k/a the Government) will
allow such a setup? Or will I run up against code (NEC or otherwise)
that will not allow this. Again, I do not want to be able to backfeed
and I want a safe generator tie in. However, I do want the flexibility
to select what I power in my house from all the breakers on my panel.
Any electricians have thoughts on this one?
PS: I have a BS in Electronic Engineering (not to blow my own horn,
just o explain that you can "talk shop" if need be regrading load
balances on the generator phases and all that stuff).