In this video, This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman helps a homeowner install a generator transfer switch in his home.
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While extension cords might do the trick, there’s a better, safer way to run a generator when the power is out; transfer switches Master electrician Heath Eastman helps a homeowner install a set in his home.
There’s nothing quite as handy as a backup generator when the power goes out. These devices can keep the house warm, keep the lights on, and ensure everyone stays safe. But they’re not quite as safe as they can be if they’re hooked up to extension cords and running inside an attached garage. There are better options and master electrician Heath Eastman helps a homeowner set theirs up correctly.
Where to find it?
For the generator hookup, the homeowner chooses to have Heath install a transfer switch.
Heath mounts a piece of plywood to the wall studs to provide a secure and safe area for
the transfer switch to be installed.
Heath uses a hole saw to cut through the shelves to run the conduit from the transfer
switch to the exterior receptacle.
All materials used can be found at most home centers.
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