Just made it through Sandy with a Home Depot Husky HU5000 generator:
jury rigged into the system (AKA backfeed).
Some questions to do it right:
the unit has 4 120V 20amp & 1 120/240V 20 amp twist connectors. There's 2 circuit breakers next to those 3 connectors. Looking in the operator manual, I can't see what the 2 breakers connect to - 1 each to the standard 120v pairs? and both go to the twist connector?
And at 120V, the unit puts out about 40 amps. how do you get all 40 amps out? by using the twist lock which has 3 connectors - 120, ground and 120?
Then to go 75' from the garage to the electric panel at the other side of the house, what gauge wire do I need for no (minimal) voltage drop?
And for a transfer switch / box... do you MOVE the breakers for the circuits you want into the transfer box? What if you want to be able to run most everything in the house (not at the same time)? You can't move the entire panel into the transfer box : )
I know we had the fridge on the generator, we did laundry, used microwave, hair dryer, and lights. Not all at the same time, but all these things were on seperate circuits in the breaker panel. What do I need to be able to have that ability to run everything (except air conditioning system) from the generator?