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Old 02-21-2012, 12:25 AM   #1
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Hey everyone!

I have a Cutler Hammer Meter/Panel Outdoor combo that feeds my interior panel with 200 AMP service.



As you can see, it has the main breaker, and then two breakers in use, one for a GFCI outlet directly below the panel, and another for the RainBird Irrigation Controller, also right next to the panel.

All the other breakers are inside the garage in a subpanel.

While we have yet to loose power for greater than 45 minutes in the history of the town, I am looking to be prepared with at least a generator inlet should the need arise.

I would like to either use an interlock kit, or a large manual transfer switch to connect the generator to the home.

Cutler Hammer makes an interlock kit, however I am having difficulty in finding the correct one for my panel. Here is the label on the inside of the outdoor meter/panel.


Any thoughts/help would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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www.interlockkit.com

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Thanks JV for the link.

I have already checked out interlockkit.com, as well a generlink, reliance, and others.

While they do list solutions for a Meter/Main combination, they do not list a specific solution for my CMB series panel.

Cutler Hammer also has a listing for interlock kits, however once again not for my CMB series panel.

Still would welcome any advice/thoughts.
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Does your panel inside have a main?
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Does your panel inside have a main?
No it does not. As it was described to me, the main breaker (Service Disconnect) on the outside panel feeds the subpanel inside the garage.
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Maybe a manual transfer switch between the main panel and the sub panel.
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I assume you are referencing a 3 way switch, similar to this:



The highest commonly available transfer switch I can find is 125A.

http://www.electricgeneratorsdirect....5DR/p1125.html

As I have a 200a service, I assume I also need a 200a rated transfer switch.
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Local electric supply should have one probably looking at about $500 for the switch though.
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The one in your link looks like a solution.
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Local electric supply should have one probably looking at about $500 for the switch though.
Yeah I was afraid of that. I had looked at a few of those and $500 would be on the less expensive side for many of them.

Interlockkit.com believes their K-6010 kit would work for the exterior panel, however I am not a big fan of "believes"
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Here is something to look at too.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Square-D-H32...item2eb2fe11fc
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That is just a 3 way switch with no air gap, so technically it is not a transfer switch. From what I understand that does not meet code.

I also had seen this, and figured while "automatic" I could use it with a portable genset inlet, it just switches itself.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Generac-RTS-...#ht_500wt_1204
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Ops my bad price was too good to be a transfer switch anyways

That is a very nice transfer switch.

I would try the interlock kit they think will work. Could always send it back.

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