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Experience:  29 years as a Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, 5 year college Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma in Digital Electronics, Former Illinois Licensed Home Inspector
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I had a transfer switch installed a few years ago and have

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I had a transfer switch installed a few years ago and have never used it. The generator I have is a job-site generator, so it has the neutral bended to the frame and all receptacles are GFCI protected. I'm considering taking it in to have it converted to a floating neutral, as it's only purpose would be for power outages. would you recommend doing this?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: it's something new, but not urgent.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: If I can get the proper wiring schematic/diagram for my specific generator.
JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?
Customer: No. but I'm considering contacting the local generator shop about it.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: No. Just wondering if it's wise to convert to a floating neutral or buy one that's already floating.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Kevin replied 3 months ago.

Hello and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you with your electrical question.

1) Portable job site generators come in 2 different flavors... ie........either a floating neutral or a frame bonded neutral.

2) Since the generator has a GFCI and it is a frame bonded neutral, the neutral bond must be removed at the gen set to prevent the GFCI from tripping. Thus the generator is acting like a downstream sub-panel when connected to the main panel via the XFER switch. Neutral and ground only meet at the main service panel and never at a downstream sub-panel or at a downstream generator. Thus the reason that the neutral bond needs to be removed due to the GFCI and connecting to the XFER switch.

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