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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?
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Best thing I ever did was get a 200A transfer switch installed. Even the wife can operate. Just plug the generator into the house, flip the switch, and turn off a couple circuits(dryer and stove), and everything else works off of a 6500 Generac. Very nice, safe way to do it. Plus I don't have to be home during hunting season when the power goes out the most!!!
 
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