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  • #16
    The dark gray panel in the middle is the transfer switch or the brains of the whole system. It also prevents any back feeding into the grid.
    The usual cause of back feeding is the home owner plugs the generator into a 240 VAC receptacle, AKA dry socket and doesn't switch the main breaker off. They'll buy an generator, a tank of propane and buy a 240VAC cable.
    A couple of years ago, 2 power company employees were electrocuted by back feeding.
    When power was out from the snow/ice/freezing rain After power came back on, a couple of Georgia Power's employees came up in their UTV and said we could hear your generator. Not entirely so, as he was looking for the signed 3x3 green sticker meaning the county inspector signed off.

    The generator kicks in very quickly when power goes out. It hesitates when power comes back on in case power goes back off again.

    Here some times, power will surge on and off. The little white box under the panel on the right is a surge protector. They are inexpensive, easy to install and well worth it. Add it is a lot easier than climbing a step ladder to install the control unit inside the ceiling fans. Surges can and will fry any appliance with an LED display.

    The panel on the right is where grid power comes in, in the middle is the transfer switch and on the left has two main breakers; one the original cabin and one for the addition.

    During the snow outage, a lot of people's generator's did not start. The reason is they didn't exercise it. It needs to run about every couple of weeks to keep the battery charged.


    • #17
      While I do not prescribe to their religion, over the years I have found the LDS Preparedness Manual to be one of the best and most well rounded publications that should be considered while you are prepping.

      LDS_Preparedness_Manual_Complete.pdf (


      • #18
        If your close to a distribution center you can shop for #10 canned foods


        • #19
          Garand: I've have their LDS Preparedness Manual.

          None close to us. However, I do go to the WJB Dorn VA hospital in Columbia, SC.

          Another item to stockpile are heirloom seeds. Unlike most seeds, they will grow year after year. Prepping them is simple, dump them into a sieve and rinse until that is left are seeds. Dry them and plant them next year. As I've had well water for decades, I'm not sure if rinsing them in city water would work.
          I've also had excellent results, leaving too small to eat tomatoes, potatoes etc. on the ground or buried and they sprout again the next year.

          I watch "Life below Zero" on TV. Glenn appears to eat meat only and Andy has a large garden. I want to eat veggies, too.


          • #20
            I've always planted heirloom plants. I've also invested in the sealed for 10 years packs, Next year will be year five, so I'll try some in the garden and order replacements


            • #21
              I've noticed it is best to start heirlooms inside before planting them outside. Not all heirloom seeds from the same package bear the same. I save seeds from the highest yield plants.

              Depending on one's neighborhood protecting vegetables from 4 legged raiders is recommended.
              I had a young rabbit who could fit through the 2"x4" mesh. I walked out and he ran to escape. As he was running he bounced off the fence a couple of times before he got away.
              The fix was simple, I cut some excess fence about 8" high and offset it so the gap was 1" instead of 2".