This is the most important part. NEVER wire in an alternate power source without a true disconnect. I have been one of the lineman down the line that got crossed up in some 220 Volt backfeeding. The power lines were down on the telephone cables and my voltage detector went off on some house drops that I had to cut out after a storm. If I had grabbed the cables while in contact with a solid ground source it would have hit me hard.QuantumRift said:If you have a good source of fuel, then consider a gasification generator...you can run about ANY generator on the gas produced by the generator...you can build your own or buy a turnkey unit. But they work. You can build one to run a whole house generator (but you will have to totally disconnect your outside service before kicking it on so as NOT to backfeed electrical lines and possibly kill a lineman. That's one of the high costs of installing a whole house generator that the electric company will approve - an automatic disconnect that trips when the grid goes down.
I suppose that's their option and right... you don't agree.. then that's your choice.. Why not use an authorized contractor? That would seem to be a lot easier.tomfelock said:Lowe's told me that if I go with a contractor that is not an authorized dealer for the generator he wants to put in (generac), that the company - in this case - Generac - that makes the generator may not honor the warranty on it if needed. Thoughts?
I don't think they are right and I don't think it is legal. There are laws against extortion of this kind. Most of the employees have little or no knowledge of the product they sell. They're the Walmart of building suppliers.tomfelock said:Lowe's told me that if I go with a contractor that is not an authorized dealer for the generator he wants to put in (generac), that the company - in this case - Generac - that makes the generator may not honor the warranty on it if needed. Thoughts?