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alexbay0 01-03-2013 08:56 AM

Install 200A circuit breaker
 
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-V...0ampswitch.jpg

As shown in the photo, there is no main switch and no outside switch. I want to install a 200A circuit breaker/main switch so that I can turn it off when I turn on the generator.

Does anyone know what kind of circuit breaker should I buy for this pannel and where online can I find one?

BTW, do I need to tell the power company when I unplug the meter for a short amount of time? That is the only way to disconnect from the grid.

Thanks,

Alex

Jim Port 01-03-2013 09:03 AM

The first thing is that you do not have the training or protective equipment to pull a meter. It is also against the law in many areas.

You will need to check the panel label for a list of breakers that can be used in the panel. It may not be possible to add a main to that panel.

joed 01-03-2013 10:49 AM

You need to tell more about the panel. It may not accept a main breaker. It could be a split bus panel and top half of the panel is consider the main even though it can have up to 6 breakers in it.

You need a proper transfer switch generator operation and it need to be permitted and inspected when installed.

rrolleston 01-03-2013 12:23 PM

Without knowing how much knowledge you have this is a beyond what most would consider DIY.

Speedy Petey 01-03-2013 01:44 PM

I agree with the others. I also get the impression that you are looking to backfeed from a generator without a transfer switch or interlock. This is a HUGE no-no.

bubbler 01-03-2013 03:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rrolleston (Post 1085349)
Without knowing how much knowledge you have this is a beyond what most would consider DIY.

Definitely sounds like you're in the territory of paying an electrician $100 to come out, examine your setup and give a recommendation, would be a good idea.

jcrack_corn 01-03-2013 03:59 PM

My local POCO's proper protective equipment when pulling my 320a meter (400a service) is to pull the lever down then kind of look away and wince as you put the meter in or pull it out, lol.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Port (Post 1085194)
The first thing is that you do not have the training or protective equipment to pull a meter. It is also against the law in many areas.

You will need to check the panel label for a list of breakers that can be used in the panel. It may not be possible to add a main to that panel.


alexbay0 01-15-2013 10:42 AM

Thanks,
 
Thanks everyone. Looks like I'd better hire an electrician to put in the main breaker.


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