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  • Can the RD6800 generator power my whole house?

    I recently bought an RD6800 generator, and I love it! With 2 refrigerators, 2 sump pumps, TV, phone, lights, fans, etc... I've never seen it go over 25% load, and it's usually humming along around 4% load. Which leads me to my question... can I somehow hook this thing up to run my whole house?

    It would probably require some sort of kill switch on my main house power supply to disconnect me from the power company, right? And then somehow you patch in the generator? Is this even possible? How would the generator be attached to the power supply?

    If this can be done, I'm sure this requires an electrician. Any recommendations in the NW suburbs of Chicago?

    P.S. Com Ed is Ridgid's best friend in Chicago. We've lost power 3 times this year, for multiple days!!!

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    Re: Can the RD6800 generator power my whole house?

    Originally posted by scott_marean View Post
    ... can I somehow hook this thing up to run my whole house?
    Probably not. There are charts available that show how much power each of your home's goodies consume. But unless you live in a tiny home with no air conditioner and only a fireplace for heat, 6.8k ain't gonna get it all.

    ... Is this even possible? How would the generator be attached to the power supply?
    If this can be done, I'm sure this requires an electrician.
    The device in question is called a load transfer switch. They're required by law in most places, and yes, they should be installed by a licensed sparky who has experience with them.
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    • #3
      Re: Can the RD6800 generator power my whole house?

      it depends on how one powers it, NO it most likely will not provide the power for a full use home, but will run the house on a reduced use needs,

      and what I mean is can you act like your on the gird, NO,
      can use the generator to power most any thing in the house YES, but may be not ever thing at once,

      It is called common sense and some power management,

      we have ran our entire farm off of a 3400 watt generator,

      some Items were the only thing powered at one time, (like the well), and under other conditions, only the essential items were turned on, ever thing else was either unplugged or turned off,

      but yes in a way you can run the whole house, but you will have to be more frugal with the power than off the grid,

      I have a pole mounted transfer switch that will switch from the grid to the generator shed, it is a special double throw switch that will only allow one feed at a time,

      but If I am not using any thing say in the wood shop I will shut off that breaker, and the same in the other buildings, and would click off the well except to pump water and all other loads off, then shut off the well to run other loads, click off the electric Hot water heater in the barns milk room, and would not use the AC, but only have the essential items set up for use, but would have full lights but keep all off except for what were needing,

      they also make transfer switches that that only power a given number of breakers for smaller generators,

      but yes it can be done, but it is not a "whole house" generator most likely, meaning you can still play like your on the grid, with out some power management,

      am thinking that most of the "whole house" units usually are in the 12000 watt range and larger,
      Last edited by BHD; 07-29-2011, 10:40 PM.
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      • #4
        Re: Can the RD6800 generator power my whole house?

        you're better off with extension cords and plugging in the items important. such as the fridge, pump, temporary lights and appliances as needed.

        a whole house transfer switch or automatic switch is expensive. so is a limited 4-6 circuit transfer switch and the labor to properly wire it.

        they have 10 gage triple tap cords that can be run into the house. then normal extension cords run from there.

        doesn't the ridgid unit have a 25' power console?

        rick.
        phoebe it is

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        • #5
          Re: Can the RD6800 generator power my whole house?

          I used an interlock kit to fit my service panel as opposed to a transfer switch:
          Generator InterLock Kit
          I had my electrician do the installation.
          I'll try and post some pics.
          Dave

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          Last edited by dave42ny; 07-31-2011, 09:38 AM. Reason: Link to pictures

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          • #6
            Re: Can the RD6800 generator power my whole house?

            If one wants to feed the breaker box, some type of NEC approved transfer switch, or interlock kits) is needed by law, make sure it is approved by the approved by the local power company as well,


            NEVER BACK FEED THE SYSTEM.
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            • #7
              Re: Can the RD6800 generator power my whole house?

              when I connect my generator to a house I disconnect the wires feeding my inside panel and connect the generator its their place. This allows me to run all my 120v equipment through the house and no way it can backfeed to the pole.

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              • #8
                Re: Can the RD6800 generator power my whole house?

                I think the Generlink is the easiest and safest way to connect your portable generator to your home for temporary power.
                Look at this thread and see my posts in it about the Generlink.
                http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/t30954/

                I searched for this this morning using advanced search in vBulletin and could not find it. I used Google to search the ridgid fourm and it popped right up using the same keywords. I'm telling you the search function is FUBAR since the upgrade. The same thing happened a few years ago when they upgraded and everything before that got lost.
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