Saturday, February 16, 2013

The House is Now Wired for a Generator

After losing power for multiple days several times over the past few years (Irene, surprise snowstorms, hurricane Sandy), we decided to buy a generator and wire it into the house. I got a good deal on a 10,000 watt Generac generator -- which can pretty much run the entire house if we shut off truly optional things (like floor heat in the bathroom). And, we had a new electrical panel installed which allows us to switch from grid power to generator power in case of power loss.

The entire electrical panel (which was a bit of a mess from years of some DYI wiring) had to be rewired. And, while the process was a bit scary:



The result is a very clean installation that allows us, with the flip of a switch, to run the house from the generator. 

I'll try to remember to take an "after" photo and edit this post with that.

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Posted under: New Jersey • by Rick on 02/16/2013 at 06:48 AM
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