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We are upgrading a 200 single service to a 600 amp main into

We are upgrading a 200 single service to a 600 amp main into 4 200 amp services (none of the services will actually draw more than 150 amps and three of them will draw less than 125 amps we may tie two of the services together?). We are not in a position at this time to invest in any generation equipment at this time as the upgrade is running 20K. All of these services will be in a newly built building, what can we do to make the installation of a generator into each of these 4 services? We are thinking that we'd be best off to have a different generator for each service as they will at time not have any need for back up power, what do you think? I see on line that a transfer switch for each one of the services (220 volt 200 amp.) would be close to $500.00, just don't have the $2k extra right now, can we put in a junction box that could be tied into, and would that make it easier?Thinking of running four generators at one time, how much propane volume and pressure would we need to be supplied to this building?

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How do I connect two generators of different wattage out put

How do I connect two generators of different wattage out put in order to power my home and all of the critical appliances?I have a 4kw and a 4.5kw that is wish to connect together.

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Regarding Solar Panel kit wheel RV trailer. I have a 2012

Regarding Solar Panel kit for 5th wheel RV trailer. I have a 2012 Montana Mountaineer edition by Keystone. It has a 50 amp cord for use where power is available. I'll be living in it this summer off grid. I have a 8000 watt portable generator that I can use to power the A/C and microwave etc. There are 400 watt solar kits available from Renology $680 Windy Nation $630. These both have four 100 watt panels. My trailer came with two 12 volt deep cycle batteries and there is ample room to add more. Do you think I should install one of these kits or put my own system together...or should I just use the generator to charge the batteries. There is space on the roof for about 10 panels but I'm wondering why they don't use two hundred or three hundred watt panels instead. My parking area forces me to park facing north just to complicate things. I dont want panels mounted to the ground because I want to use them in various locations. Should I get brackets that allow the panels to tilt? I realize I will be getting pretty good production during the summer months only.How many batteries should I use? There are two 12v batteries in there now.Should I get more or should I replace them with 4? 6v batteries?How long does it take to recharge the batteries from 50% with the generator running?Will a 400 watt system provide enough power to live comfortably to run a tv, lap top, LED lights, radio etc?We are in the mountains about 6200 ft so the A/C will only be needed during hot spells.

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Both my stove (in the kitchen - mid-level of the house) and

Both my stove (in the kitchen - mid-level of the house) and my clothes dryer (in the basement) suddenly aren't working. Neither one has any power coming to it (no beeps if buttons are pushed, no lights, etc.) Both are electric; no gas. Everything else in the house, including air conditioning and fridge, appears to be working normally.My first step was to check the circuit board. All switches are in the "on" position. I'm baffled on how to even start figuring this one out.Suggestions, please.

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I am looking at having a three phase generator up

I am looking at having a three phase generator for back up to a three phase solar pump and would like to know if it is possible to have an auto start system installed. If so what type would be required.Thank youMike

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I am electrical designer with roughly 15 years of

I am electrical designer with roughly 15 years of experience, however I have ran into an application I have never dealt with before. JA: Sometimes electrical issues that that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix. The Electrician I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so we can help you best. Customer: I am doing a job where the client wants to run two separate power feeder from a main distribution panel to what they are calling a dual bus panel. JA: Is there anything else the Electrician should be aware of? Customer: so in this case (2) 30A 240v/1 phase feeder to a panel with two separate buses. JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Electrician about your situation and then connect you two.

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Need to know what wire size I need amp 3phase 120/208 main

need to know what wire size I need for 200 amp 3phase 120/208 main breaker feeding transfer switch the to a sub panel short runs no more than 25ft JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue? Customer: no JA: OK got it. Last thing — Electricians generally expect a deposit of about $18 to help with your type of question (you only pay if satisfied). Now I'm going to take you to a page to place a secure deposit with JustAnswer. Don't worry, this chat is saved. After that, we will finish helping you.

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I need to run wire subpanel panels on a new poolhouse we are

I need to run wire for a subpanel for solar panels on a new poolhouse we are building. There will be 3 20a breakers for the panels and we are thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen and an RV outlet (30A). Do I need to size the subpanel for the 3 20a solar breakers plus everything else or do you count them differently since they only supply electricity rather than use it? The subpanel is going to be about 110' from the main panel. What size wire will i need

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I'm getting ready blizzard this weekend and want to be

Hi - I'm getting ready for a blizzard this weekend and want to be able to connect my furnace if I need to. I checked the amps of all the components and its 15A if everything was all running at once. The furnace is 6a and the main circulator pump is 1.7. Each of the 5 zones is .7. I factored some other things too to get to about 15A.The control box line and furnace line both that go to a junction box that looks like it has a single circuit breaker - or maybe it's just a heavy on off switch. If I lose power I want to simply connect a heavy duty wire to the neutral, hot, and ground from the junction box to a male connector. Then just plug the male connector into an extension cord to the generator. Before I connect the generator I will double make sure the circuit at the panel is off so i do t inadvertently send power to the street line. This is a one time deal and I'll get a real one circuit transfer switch before the next storm.My question....what do I do about this neutral and ground being connected together? My neutral is bonded to ground it says on my generator. I don't get this so want to double check that I'm not sending current to my generator ground which will shock/kill me if I touch the generator.or is it safe to connect the ground and neutral from the generator to the ground and neutral of the furnace circuits. Any time the generator is running the panel breaker will be off...

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