I finally brought my generator (old military surplus civilian version
Onan DJE generator) to a pretty tip top shape. See
Now I need to wire it to my house. I am aware of the need to have a
transfer switch, blah blah. The question I want to ask now is where
can I buy a length (like 30 feet) of 8 AWG stranded 4 conductor wire.
I suppose that I need 4 conductor because I need 2 hots, 1 neutral,
and one ground conductor. I suppose that 8 AWG would be fine because
the genset is rated for 6 kW, 7 kVA.
Where could I buy such a cable, outdoor rated, cheaply? I think that I
will want to hard wire it into the generator and transfer switch,
although I am still debating this issue. A good reason to have such a
disconnect is that the genset should be started with no load, with
load applied when it warms up and is up to speed. That would mean
running inside the house to switch the transfer switch, in case of a
restart (like for refueling), a real PITA.
So, any tips on where to buy such a cable will be appreciated.