Thanks everyone for your input. I definitely want to know the right and safe way to install generator panels. I don't have one at present to do, but I have had to try to give a price on one for a new home owner. I have sent email to different manufacturers, about their "transfer switches", that are on the market. Obviously, somewhere either UL has overlooked something (which I know don't seem reasonable) since most of these panels are UL listed. It almost seems unreal, that all these manufactures, have products which they advertise, including some BIG, BIG, names, which I won't name, and yet they are against "the code" as I have heard explained.
Something just don't seem right here. But thanks for all the input. I'm hoping I can get some clear answers soon. As far as the power companies demands, I can't even get the "electrical inspectors" demand straight right now
But I really do appreciate you all's input. There's got to be an answer for the use of the "transfer switches" for portable generators, that are on the market.
It may be that they have to come up with a different set up in their panels, if possible; and from a little guy like me, that is very unlikely
But I have been known in the past to at least try
You see, I am an small electrical contractor, and this is a part of my business, so I feel like I need to get it straight. How can I go to a customer, that wants emergency power back up from their portable generator, and explain to them that these "on the market" generator panels won't work (at least without another transfer switch that breaks the neutral, which will cost them probably another $700.00 on top of everything else.) They will think I don't know what I'm talking about, and get someone else, that don't care. It'll work out though. I guess that's the "trials of the trade". Just venting a little here
Thanks again ... Steve