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No TomC. Not connected into the main circuit breaker box. That would require a MUCH higher generating capacity; an electrical permit/inspection; spec certified equipment costs for the transfer switching; and a licensed certified electrician for an insurable, installation code approval. My electrician B-I-L refuses to do this kind of work. I worked toward this with first my 20 hp Kohler V-twin and a four pole 1800 RPM 8.5 kW MeccAlte gen head. Then the 12 kW Miller/Kohler welder generator.
Whole bunch of problems with these "solutions". When in use the wood fuel consumption would have been at least 2-3 hours a day in prepping. Turning me into a woodsweating slave.
Next problem was I actually need spots of power in a longer term than 72 hours grid-down across the place in four different locations in up to 500 feet apart areas. Deep well pump. Freezers room/ wood shed. Chicken house. My all metal shop building. Green house.
Solution to the deep well pumping is go from submersible 240vac for the seasonally up to 170 feet deep down, to a Baker Monitor Jr. jack pump system. A deep well modern 12/24 vdc submersible pump solution would need ANOTHER battery bank to have to set-up/maintain. The jack pump solution only needs 1/2 hp ground level mechanical/electric power. A Portable generator solution.
Freezers only need a 4 hour, once in 24 hours power input cooling down. A portable generator solution.
Double AA rechargeable LED headlamp works just fine in the wood shed. Now have ~40 AA, 40 AAA, and 12 D cell Lion rechargeable's with five $20 plug in rechargers that I recharde top-up cycle through in generator running times.
Ha! Chickens can do without forced seasonal lighting. Maybe an actual roof top small PV for them. Might get a few nightime hours out of it here in our Oct thru March solar-not, time of the year.
So for now I just HD contractor commercial cord into the actual used things inside to the house. Legal. Actually safe for temporary use.
Yes the cords my wife's biggest complaint.
Long term grid down I will just security band pop off the grid supplier meter head; and unplug their meter, to disconnect myself. Pull off the house breaker box face and remove all of the 240 vac supply breakers. Then little gen feed only into s-o-m-e of the 120 volt circuits. "Train" the wifie/user by gen overload cutout's, not to multiple/use overload and "scheduled" her intermittent 1000 watt usages.
She had a Woman's Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting last night. All the other gals complained about the power outages, life-as normal interferneces. Melinda wife said, "Not me". My husband gave me my own little Honda (inverter)generator. I dried my hair, and carried on. And I can even put it the back seat of my car and carry it to anywhere I need to nurse service visit, come-what-may.
Hello JO. You seem to read, write and speak English well. May I recommend reading a current American energy/cultural writer's four book story's titled, "A World Made By Hand". James Howard Kunstler. These began published in 2007. Last book in 2014. So very current. Set in upper New York State supposedly the near future, ten years after no more mid-east, African, Venesualian oil imported. USofA currency/economy over-paper-printed dollar crashed. Canada keeping all of their oil stocks by then for their own needs.
Very good NE USA region area story set, with wonderful characterizations, and learn to make-do personal life stories. Without electricity they learned to make their own music, community events, and home life entertainments.
Very good for showing after just ten years grid-down the growing up youth never having internet, smartphones, video's and current culture distractions had gone back to reading paper books. And developing their own then current relevant to them, social culture and values.
J.H. Kunster has everyone candles lighting. Poor bees. No made electrical lighting. ??! Not even oil lamps.
My wife's father growing up way back when; (1920/30's) way up in the mountains of Tennessee with only oil lamps and candle lighting always maintained that candles were only good for getting wet wood camp fires finally going; and for burning down houses. He'd seen houses candles and oil lamps burned down a lot buildings. Children as the biggest, "ooppsie", fire-makers.
My whole woodgasing work is about keeping clean, safe electric lighting available, lighting up a personal world. Any other power uses from that capability is just a bonus off of that.
My personal opinion is that of all of the post 1860's modern tech developments it was electric lighting that stands head and shoulder above all the others. It really sucks to read by candle lighting. Sucks; to do detail fine work like sewing, stitching, knitting/darning by candle lighting. Surgery? Wound care? Sucks the worst by hot, stinky and weak, combustion lighting.
And personal use sized internal combustion engines beginning in the 1920's finally was what gave "everyman" the ability and freedom to give electric lighting to his could be anywhere, home-place, for farm and family. And now easy pack around, pull starting 21st century inverter-genrators gives this all-places, all-times, have-power capability to "everywoman" too.
Central generated; Gridded-Out electrical power to all of us true-Rural-living was the technological/social/cultural Mistake made here in the wide spread out US/Canada rural in the 1930's. And that social experiment, we can be reel back from NOW, currently anytime a fellow would put his mind, and grit-sweat, to it. My new in 2005 all metal shop has NO grid electricity to it. Never has. The other outbuildings are being weened off grid-dependecy, one by one.
Ha! Yes DavidB. The real problem going Rural Local on-site generated DIY electrical is no longer a technical problem.
It is the current culture driven now unaware, sheeple/dependency's on multiple levels. A social set of problems.
Social compromises are well needed if a fellow does not want to be sleep alone, in a too quiet of house, no longer a family made home by his overboard brainiac idealism's unable to compromise.
Ha! So I use cords. Wait for the power to go off for my Hero days. Power back on and "your cords" just have to go . . . . coiled up, waiting for another, will-needs day.
Again. When you cannot have the World you wish to have (Mr J.H. Kunstler!!), you must get-along, adapt into the world that you actually do have.
J-I-C Steve Unruh