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Cutover Box(es): One Or Two?

Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by (PeteCresswell), Jul 4, 2007.

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  1. Last year I went and bought a little EU2000 with the notion of
    running an extension cord inside the house to service the needed

    Works....sort of.... But now I realize that a cutover box is the
    Good-Right-And-Holy path.

    But I'd like to be able to go two ways:
    - Plug in the EU2000 and have the box fused for maybe 1.8kw
    (because the EU2000's manual says that consist ant use over
    1.8 will damage it....) and not serve up the 220 that
    various things like the clothes dryer use.
    - Plug in some yet-un-obtained larger gennie (like 5 or 10 kw)
    and get the whole nine yards: 220, no fusing for 1.9 and
    maybe even run the central AC.

    Can all of this functionality be incorporated into a single
    cutover box?

    If so can anybody cite the technical words to describe the
    need to an electrician?
  2. Mike Payne

    Mike Payne Guest

    My local electric company is installing an auto-cutover plug in that goes
    between the electric meter and the house. You plug your generator into it
    and the generator can then power the whole house. I would assume you will
    need to turn off some breakers before plugging it in. If the generator is
    producing power then the feed form the utility is disconnected.

    Going with the some loads can be powered while others can't is very
    frustrating to actually live with. No matter which loads you pick for your
    transfer switch they will not be the right ones when you need them for a
    couple of days.

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