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If you are using a 50 output on your generator you will need a 50 amp breaker, 50 amp power inlet box, a 50 amp extension cable and 8 gauge wire. My house had an conduit old hole in the foundation. A hammer drill is extremely helpful for making one. You can see here I opted for the water tight connector. Using tapcons mount the power inlet box to the wall.

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In June of 2012 my family experienced a 10 day power outage. It was 100 degrees during the day with periods of heavy rain. I decided then and there I would find a better way.

I had to run a sump pump to keep my basement dry, a refrigerator, freezer for food preservation, a portable AC unit in the living room to protect my infant, we charged phones, and ran the wifi router. A generator transfer switch is the legal and proper way to power your home with an emergency generator.

A generator is a core component to many people's emergency preparedness plans.

(Maybe you have a cool charcoal powered or a multi-fuel generator.) However many fail to think through how exactly they will power the items they want to run when the grid is down.

Turn the generator breaker to the off position and drop the slide so it can not be turned on. Avoid turning on HVAC, standard hot water heater and the stove unless your generator can handle it.

As long as you can get past the initial start up load you can run a lot off of 30 amps.

Reinstall the panel with all the breakers in the off position.

With the main in the off position turn the generator breaker to the on position. You may have to shift the position of the panel cover. If it does turn the breakers on one a at a time - with a 5 second delay between breakers. Attach decals included in your kit to your breaker box and the outside service box.

If you do not have enough room and your breaker is 30 amps or less you can use a short piece of insulated wire and a wire nut. Install your new breaker in the freed up space in the upper right of your breaker box.

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