Posted something similar Ina different thread but figured would try my luck in the electrical area...
Ok here is my plan and thought process... but ALWAYS open to suggestions and criticism from others.
Currently I have a Main 100W breaker panel for my house. Back in the day they pulled wires from everywhere and anywhere to get power to where they needed it.. Soooo when I did some testing to see what breaker was for what I had a breaker running some things in the master bedroom along with some items in the kitchen and what have you. This is all over the house though. And from doing some small upgrades and installs myself I have come across 14g and 12g wiring on the same breaker and its a mess. BUT no breakers are tripping yet and no issues yet. All the breakers as you can see in pic are 20a but are all different and not uniform.
We do not get hurricanes so no outages from that.. BUT we do get strong winds and earthquakes which will cause an outage at some future point. So instead of sitting in the dark I would like to create a back up system, And this was my thought process:
I would like to remove 6 or 8 of the current breakers in the main ( the ones I consider essential that I will need during a power outage... fridge lights tv microwave etc...) and install them in a smaller sub panel that I will install right next to the main panel. I will move the washer/dryer 40a double pole breaker that is in the top right slot down 4 spaces and and move the 4 single breakers to the sub panel. In place of the 40a breaker I will install a new 60a double pole breaker that will power the sub panel. I will then use 6 gauge wire to connect the 60a breaker to another 60a breaker I will install in the sub panel. In addition to the 60a double pole breaker and all the relocated breakers from the main I will install a 30a double pole breaker that will connect to a 4 prong 30a receptacle with 10 gauge wire that will be where I plug in a liquid propane 6kw generator ( http://www.generatordepot.us/gentron...ric-start.aspx
) that will thus power the sub panel and the breakers in it during the outage. For a fool proof measure I will install a interlock transfer switch kit ( http://www.interlockkitstore.com/Pro...uctCode=K-8015
)so that we don't have a backfeed issue when main power comes back online.
lastly... i have an email into this co. to see if our local power co. approves of this device being installed on my meter.. if it is and I can do that... that would be cheaper and easier but I doubt they will say yes. ( http://www.generlink.com/about_generlink.cfm
Well that was a long winded and I apologize for that but I wanted to get you pics of what I have currently, what I am delaing with and what I hoped to accomplish. I am confident with the right guidance I can do almost anything ( even though I am not an electrician...) BUT... with that said... if i get in over my head or this becomes unsafe or "not right " for me to do.. then of course I will call in for a professional back up.
SIDE NOTE.... if I install that interlock transfer switch kit to my main breaker such as the one I linked to above. Do I need to do the whole Sub Panel install? Or can I just do an instal of a weatherproof box with a 4 prong 30a receptacle for the generator to plug into and then a 30a in place of where I was going to put the 60a breaker ( where the current 40a breaker is for the washer dryer )?? And just move the dryer breaker down.
Thank you for your time and I truly appreciate any and all feedback.