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Old 01-20-2011, 01:48 PM   #16
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The unit that you have is a switched neutral unit, to make this work you will need a switched neutral transfer switch. This transfer switch will have three pole breaker and will switch both hot leads and neutral leads. This will require isolating all of the neutral leads from the transfer switch power circuits. A transfer switch that will work with your unit is a 71014, I have also included some dealers below that are good dealers in your area that will be able to assist you with any further questions.

Kingston Enterprises
Kingston, NH 800-675-3506

Corr + Sons Electric Inc
Pembroke, NH 602-234-3706
I appreciate the input. I want to be very clear on this Briggs & Stratton. Are you saying that unbonding the generator will not work for my application?

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I appreciate the input. I want to be very clear on this Briggs & Stratton. Are you saying that unbonding the generator will not work for my application?
Ideally the generator should have neutral and ground unbonded within for your situation.

Then you won't have problems with its own GFCI breaker tripping.

As a general rule, the generator should have neutral and ground bonded when running stand-alone out in the field or at a campsite or job site, and should have neutral and ground separated when powering a building electrical system.
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I would actually like to use the generator to generate. We are getting nailed with storm after storm this year and B&S will not tell me if the unit can be unbonded or if not, why not.

I really appreciate all the responses as I think I understand this a lot better.
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Ya know? This is what I would do.

First choice.

Do not plug the generator into the house. Use ordsinary extension cords to connect the things you want to use to the four receptacles on the generator.

Second choice.

Disconnect the green wire from the back of the male receptacle on the back of your house. Leave everything else the way it is.

Put the generator on a platform (as opposed to sitting on the bare ground).

Plug in the generator and go.

As soon as the generator starts, do not touch it. When you want to shut it down to add fuel or for nighttime quiet, use a dry stick to press the off button. (If the generator has a TV style remote, you can use that with no restrictions.)

When you figure out how to unbond the neutral and ground inside the generator, do that and also reconnect the green wire to the male receptacle on the back of the house.

In the diagram below, breaking the green away from the white in three of the four places shown (cutting the green itself at point B) will prevent the generator GFCI from tripping. The idea is that starting at the white at any of the branch circuits (as shown) it must not be possible to trace starting with white over at the right of the diagram and back to the generator using any combination of white or green and not go through the GFCI box in the generator. Because neutral and ground wires may be mixed among the terminal strips in the main panel, separating neutral and ground there (point D) is likely to be complicated.
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