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Old 03-19-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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Panel Interlock Kits good idea for emergency or not?

With all the news about earthquakes, and living in a very high potential earthquake zone, I have re-evaluated my earthquake preparedness "kit" which I put together a couple of years ago.

I have a 7000 W portable generator and have always wondered if I should go for the convenience of the panel interlock kit that make connection to the home panel so easy. I am especially looking at a kit from this site which I found some time ago http://www.nooutage.com/index.html

Of course, if the garage (with the panel) falls down and/or house wiring is damaged, there is no point. And my medium-sized generator cannot handle a lot of appliances at once so it would be a case of running a few things at a time, but the kits are not all that expensive. With extra accessories (cords to outdoors/load meters etc.) it could all be had for under $400.

But I have some basic questions:
1. Are these kits legal/code in British Columbia?
2 Are they a good idea?

Thanks for any feedback, especially from anyone that has one. I have read some positive customer testimonials, but wonder anyway.

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Old 03-19-2011, 12:29 PM   #2
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Panel Interlock Kits good idea for emergency or not?

1. Are these kits legal/code in British Columbia?
2 Are they a good idea?

#1 - Sorry can't help with this one
#2 - I have one, works fine, inexpensive comparatively - I would go this route if ok in your area

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