What kind of Switch - The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-07-2014, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: lancaster
Posts: 11,524
Back To Top
What kind of Switch

I want to be able to use my generator to run the pump which is 240 volt. I know I don't want to run the chance of crossing onto the grid. I am told there are a few types of manual switches that work for this. One is a receptacle cover so that when you want to plug in a generator, moving to cover disconnects the grid power. What kinds of switches are these and what are they called?
zimmerstutzen is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-07-2014, 06:56 PM
Regular Member
 
AgesofDays's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: northern vermont
Posts: 1,139
Back To Top
Re: What kind of Switch

as long as its 30 amp plugin on the genny just run it to the 220 outlet where the dryer plugs into and turn off the main power switch and turn of any other breakers that you don't want to use .that's the simplest way so basically your backfeeding through the dryer hookup
AgesofDays is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-07-2014, 07:14 PM
Part of the Community
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Perry County
Posts: 240
Back To Top
Re: What kind of Switch

I used to backfeed a 220 outlet, but when I wasn't there my wife was afraid she'd burn the house down or leave too many breakers on and ruin something....Not a good deal for the Fire Chief to have happen. This house I have a generator transfer switch. They're pretty simple to wire to your main breaker box and no way you can have main power and generator on at the same time. I have oil heater, well, lights all over, TV, bunch of receptacles, microwave, freezer and 2 fridges hooked to the circuits I selected. All you do is start generator and hook it to the plug. Here's a pic.
Chief48 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-07-2014, 09:18 PM
Frequent Contributor
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: strasburg pa
Posts: 968
Back To Top
Re: What kind of Switch

you can buy a manual transfer switch at lowes for under 300. I believe it is good for like 6 circuits and it won't let your permanent power to those circuits when it is on generator power. If you have a permanent generator in place you could wire up an automatic transfer switch and you wouldn't have to do anything it does it all for you

the thrill is not in the kill, but in the experience
archerymaniac72 is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-08-2014, 03:59 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Butler ,Pa .
Posts: 1,291
Back To Top
Re: What kind of Switch

I put a 220 plug in my wire from the breaker box to the pump ,,i can just unplug it and plug the generator into the pump end .
that way i am COMPLETLY disconected from the grid
Dave2pa is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-08-2014, 05:02 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Carbon County Pa/Kidder Township
Posts: 19,100
Back To Top
Re: What kind of Switch

Best bet is to buy the right switch or put a plug cord on the pump and plug it directly into the 240 30 amp receptacle on the gen. if you have one. Just make sure you turn off the pumps breaker in the panel box.
I see clowns up by me using double male end extension cords or jumper cables to back feed their house. Not a good idea depending on someone to do it when your not home.
If you back fed back to grid anyone working on the lines can get severely hurt or if power is restored it is going to burn your generator and house up. When the fire marshal determines what caused the fire good luck collecting on your homeowners insurance.

Some time a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
Birch812 is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-10-2014, 11:06 AM
Moderator
 
Samuel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Mountains
Posts: 2,447
Back To Top
Re: What kind of Switch

Quote:
Originally Posted by zimmerstutzen
What kinds of switches are these and what are they called?
transfer switch

"You meet a better class of people in the dark."
-LP

Ever get lonely? Remember the NSA is right there with you!
Samuel is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-10-2014, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: lancaster
Posts: 11,524
Back To Top
Re: What kind of Switch

Thanks. Everyone.

I knew about the danger of back feeding into the grid.

That box looks like the ticket Samuel.

Unlike many systems, my well pump and barn are on a separate meter from the house. But the old pump house is only 30 feet from the house. That is the way things were set up when I bought the place 22 yrs ago. I set the generator up in the pump house so it is out of the weather. The plumbing for the pressure tank & water is now down in the well pit next to the old pump house.

With these new LED light bulbs I can light up the house with a several lamps and use less than 300 watts. The TV and computer don't take much either. The circulator and fan on the furnace take a little juice and I have those figured out.
zimmerstutzen is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-10-2014, 10:10 PM
Frequent Contributor
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: strasburg pa
Posts: 968
Back To Top
Re: What kind of Switch

Be careful running your computer and tv off of a standard generator they can fry circuit boards. Those are best run off of an inverter type generator.

the thrill is not in the kill, but in the experience
archerymaniac72 is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 01:19 AM
Hooked on HuntingPa
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: S.E. Penn.
Posts: 402
Back To Top
Re: What kind of Switch

If you're looking at isolated circuits it's a transfer.

You can back feed your service panel and use an innerlock.

http://www.interlockkit.com/
Shovelheadave is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome