Downtown Churchill happens to suffer a disproportionate amount of blackouts and a generous amount of brownouts that has compelled me to invest in a DeWALT 7000W Generator.
Consequently, if your household is not rigged out with a private generator, this may be of little interest to you.
When the electrons stop being delivered, I make a bee line to my switch board and flip the breaker to the “GEN(erator) SUPPLY” setting
and crank up the generator. It will run the entire household, though I haven’t put the lift through it’s paces and I avoid the workshop… obviously during summer, the egg-nishnaestverboten aussi tot (the gas heater is OK in winter)... I feel that I can abstain longer than those gremlins that try to rob me of my power.
Normally when the power comes back on, normal households light up and the interrupted appliances spring into action, scaring the bjesus out of all the animals in the house... and even the pets.
The problem faced when I am running off my generator is, when does/did the power come back on as the circuitry has been switched?
The way around it is to go and open up the power box outside,
and if there are red lights, the power is back and I can switch off the generator and back to the normal supply. We have had some lengthy outages and the number of outside trips started to become a tad cumbersome.
I got my sparkie to rig up a neon light switch direct to the outside circuit when he was doing some other qualified electrical work for me. During an outage, I turn that neon light switch on… naturally it will be unlit, but as soon as the power is returned, the switch lights up,
signally the time for changeover reversal. The switch is in a convenient place
that is easily seen, status identified and permit prompt action to be taken without having to continually check the outside power box.
If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD