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Electrical Wiring in the Home/Hooking Generator to House Square D box


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Ok here is the deal my house has an outside main fuse box and 2 fuse boxes inside the basement. We have a sewage pump that pumps our sewage to the street.  In case our power ever goes out for days I want the ability to plug up a generator to our outside fuse box so we can run minimal appliances inside but especially the sewage pump.  Can you tell me exactly what transfer switch I should buy?  My father in law has a generator that I can hook up via a 220 outlet on his generator. I don't want anything automatic just something I can flip a switch and plug in the generator and feed the house. I also have a friend that is an electrician that can help me hook up whatever I end up buying. I just want to buy the most economical switch.  I may never use it but want the ability just in case.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.


I need a picture of the 2 panels in the basement with the doors open.

It appears there is a main breaker for each inside panel in the outside "meter main" or is one of the main breakers for the two panels inside and the other main breaker is for the outside panel that currently has no breakers in the 8 spaces provided.

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