I am finally going to install a transfer switch; an Emergen 6-5000. It has
a recessed plug in the face.
I want to remove the plug and cover it with a piece of sheet metal. I will
then cut a hole (preferably in the top of the box, but in the new sheet
metal if necessary) for a cable clamp and hardwire a cable to the switch.
Then run the cable the length of the house to a plug where I run my
generator. (In the garage with doors propped open at the front and back )
Is there any hideous flaw in this scheme that I am overlooking? Thanks
Why hack into a prewired box, you loose your warranty for 1 and maybe
more. I agree the socket is crappy but there are other options.
For 200 you can get a 6 circuit 2 wattmeters prewired box with
exterior box , with sockets, and plugs and 10f of cable for your gen. It
was a 4 hr install. They even give these away free on ocasion at Lowes
if you buy a generac.
Yes, hardwiring a long flexible cord onto a permanently installed box in the
garage is kinda Rube-Goldberg.
It would be a better and neater install to:
Disconnect the recesses plug inside the transfer box and just ignor it but
leave it there to retain your warranty.
Obtain a surface-mount recessed male connector port and mount it properly
within 6' of the location of your genset.
Connect the new plug to the transfer switch box with either properly installed
cable (hiddin within the walls) or conduit.(exposed on the walls)
Is this a manual transfer switch, or automatic? If it's manual, why not
make a 70' extension cord that matches the recessed plug and the
twistlock (or whatever) socket on the generator? Roll it out when you
need it. You gotta go out there with a flashlight and start the
I probably wouldn't even use a proper heavy-duty flexable cord (STJO?);
I'd use UF or SE cable cuz it's cheaper and it won't be used all that
often. (If I used NM-B or triplex or quadplex I wouldn't admit it here)
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