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[#] Thu Oct 25 2018 02:08:57 EDT from Michael @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: hooking up a portable generator to run home....parts needed, ect

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Hello Gnatius;
My name is Michael.
Saw your portable generator hookup video, nicely done!

We interlocked the service entrance panel (outside), consulted/hired a licensed electrician to acquire correct parts and perform the install.


Found a sticker that reads:
WARNING: for connection of a nonseparately derived (floating neutral) system only.

Haven't seen this warning discussed in any of the install videos.

Could you explain how/if this would apply to interlock/portable generator installs?

Sincerely;
MB



[#] Thu Oct 25 2018 09:59:35 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: hooking up a portable generator to run home....parts needed, ect

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When a power source is labeled as having a "floating neutral" it means that the ground and neutral are not bonded together; in other words, neutral is not derived from ground.  On a generator that would mean that the neutral wire is not bonded to the generator frame.

So when your transfer switch says it is intended to be used with a "nonseparately derived" power source, it really just means the neutral is not switched, and if you want to be absolutely ultra-code-compliant, you should use it with a generator that has a floating neutral.

In practice, nobody cares about this.  Plug your generator in and enjoy.



[#] Thu Oct 25 2018 11:52:47 EDT from Michael @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: hooking up a portable generator to run home....parts needed, ect

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Hello Gnatius;

 

Thank you for responding and clearing that up for me.

Sincerely;

MB



[#] Mon Oct 29 2018 15:31:53 EDT from Freakdog @ Uncensored

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I'm actually starting to look at generators for the house.

I'm considering a Generac natural gas powered generator with an ATS, to power my entire property in the event of a major commercial power outage.



[#] Wed Nov 14 2018 16:17:06 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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natgas generators make me a bit nervous, because you're still depending on a utility, just a different one. The idea is that you want to be able to use an onsite supply of fuel. If you don't want to deal with gasoline, consider diesel or propane.

Automatic transfer switches are nice. They are, of course, also quite expensive.
As part of a thousands-of-$$$ installation with a big generator and professional installation, it's not that big a component though.

I personally don't mind hauling out the portable diesel generator and plugging it in. And the video I made about it has paid for the generator several times over, which is nice. And I sold the house in the video, with the transfer apparatus ... to an electrician! We've been in the new house for over four years and I still haven't wired it for the generator, because the power here goes out so infrequently. But when it does, the extension cords are quite a nuisance.

[#] Mon Dec 03 2018 12:11:06 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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I don't know why but I think IGnat would like this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QANQ_SR6w3s


[#] Mon Feb 25 2019 13:11:26 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Now I know what truck to buy :)

[#] Mon Feb 25 2019 13:20:49 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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michael lennon commented on your video
Comment: Look you fool. Back feed the 240 into a drier credit. Shut off
the
main breakers and power the hole house . Plane and simple . Dont need to

spend a lot . Just need half a brain . Reply to me and I'll tell you just

how to do it
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkbBt8hv8mQ&feature=em-comments



Every season I get a new batch of idiots making this same comment. But it's ok; it means they watched the video and therefore sent advertising revenue my way. This video has paid for the entire generator project many times over.
:)

This particular bloke is obviously going to kill himself or someone else someday, as he's already announced that he's a fan of dangerous electric setups and has demonstrated his intelligence through his spelling and grammar. It's been seven years since I made this video but it's still the all-time single most viewed video on this topic.
I think it might be time to take all of the most frequent comments and questions and answer them in a new FAQ video so I can make more money... er, I mean clarify the points people talk about most.

[#] Thu Mar 07 2019 12:59:54 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Ooo!

I wonder if you should create such a video in as inflamatory a manner as possible, just to rile everyone up so they *want* to watch the video (or the next one)... kind of like baiting them so you generate toxic revenue for yourself.

Or... more insidiously... *don't* go inflamatory, be super chill about it (think Bob Ross), and intentionally put something weird in it that won't hurt anyone, but seems totally unnecessary, just to get the next crop of people up in arms. Then, you can follow up *that* video with one saying, "Oh, yeah, my bad." or something.

[#] Fri Mar 08 2019 16:54:51 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Oh, I have another idea for a troll video that's going to attract people by the zillions, and I can do it without being deplatformed. I just need access to a spectrum analyzer.

My video will be a demonstration proving that smart meters aren't harmful.

[#] Mon Mar 11 2019 16:25:58 EDT from Freakdog @ Uncensored

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I have a friend in PA whose (now former) house is a testament to the fact that some smart meters are, indeed, harmful.

It may have been one brand and one model, but half her house burned down, starting at the meter, and she's never been able to get the power company or the contractor who installed it that installed it to accept responsibility, nor her homeowner's policy to pay for the damages because it was caused by a third party's equipment and/or installation.

[#] Tue Mar 12 2019 09:57:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The smart meter was not responsible for the fire. Without even looking at the facts I can guarantee it.

"Smart meter fires" are caused by the installation method, not by the meter itself. Power companies hired armies of careless boneheads to go to each home, pull the old meter, and slap the smart meter in hot, without shutting the power off inside the home, and without thoroughly inspecting the condition of the meter pan. There is arcing from the hot changeout, parts that were in bad condition can break, and an unsafe condition is created.

That same unsafe condition would have been created if the conventional meter was replaced with another conventional meter.

I'll explain this in more detail in my video, right after I explain that your cell phone bombards you with way more RF than your smart meter ever will.
But I need to find someone who has a spectrum analyzer I can borrow.

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