A good place to purchase an interlock kit

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Home Depot has the Interlock kits for the newer Square D panels, as does Amazon, (that is for the 200 amp indoor panels).

However, not everyone has those panels.  Go figure.

So, if you don’t have a Square D panel, go here: GenInterlock.com, I have used them and they are good.

Of course, contact us if you want someone to take care of all this for you.

We are pretty good!

Generator Interlock good company

Good Generator Interlock Company

Good generator option at the Woodinville Costco right now

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

When at Costco, I like to see which Generators they are now selling.  Today at the Woodinville Costco, I ran across this:

The Generac GP8000e.  They are ‘clearing them out’ for $750.  This unit has been discontinued by Generac, but it has good ratings.

Remember, if your house has gas, you can usually get by with 5500 watts.  (I say usually ;))

Also, if you buy this generator, give us a call to show you how to hook it up to your house panel.

Costco generators

Costco generators


Some recommended Generators and parts

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Here are some basic recommended parts.  You can click the links and buy them on Amazon, or try Home Depot.  The prices are usually the same.  Check with the part number on HomeDepot.com before you go.  Usually the interlock kits are hard to find there.

Generator Interlock Kits:

If you have a Square D homeline panel: Model # HOMCGK2C

Simple and effective

Square D Generator Interlock Kit

This simple kits is mounted on your electrical panel cover and allows you to safe

An inlet box allows you to safely plug a cord in reversed

An inlet box allows you to safely plug a cord in reversed

ly feed your generator power to you house.

To plug it in you need a power inlet plug, this one works great: 30 Amp reliance power inlet box

The of course a generator is needed.




Highly recommended:

Best choice generator

Best choice generator



Honda EU2000I 2000 Watt Super Quiet Inverter Generator

The beautiful thing about this generator is, it will use about a gallon of gas a day.  That is not much.  Also, it is quiet.  If you want power but don’t want to be kept awake, or don’t want to disturb the neighbors, or draw attention to your cozy home, this is

Special Honda cords

Special Honda cords

the choice.  It is low wattage, but very efficient.  It produces the full 2000 Watts while some other that claim to don’t.  If you need more wattage, the beauty of this product is you buy another and use one of these cord sets to double your power.


Generac GP5500

Generac GP6500

Generac GP7500

It just depends on your house and how much load you have.

As a reminder, you need to calculate how much power you will be using regularly when choosing the generator that is best for you.  However, with the generator interlock kit, you do have flexibility to move things around.

Also, with most of these solutions some items would usually not be usable at your home, for instance, large HVAC systems if they were not gas, large ovens or clothes dryers.  However, even then there are workarounds.

Next I will write a ‘How to” use all these parts together.

Good idea

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