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    Why dont you just call the inspector directly and not deal with 3rd party out of your area heresay?

    From a logical stand point a transfer switch dosnt need to have a generator hooked to it to be inspected..or else every time somone sold there only one they would be violating code....call the inspector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmxenbrett View Post
    Why dont you just call the inspector directly and not deal with 3rd party out of your area heresay?

    From a logical stand point a transfer switch dosnt need to have a generator hooked to it to be inspected..or else every time somone sold there only one they would be violating code....call the inspector.
    I can only talk to "plans reviewers" who are not very helpful and frequently say the answer to any particular question is up to the individual inspector. It seems their goal is to hang up after 30 seconds. I might try to drive down there and go in person. I might find an actual inspector.

    Although I got some good out-of-area info from this thread, I imagine eventually someone else from Florida has gone through this and share their story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxbill View Post
    That's a good idea. I am trying to find a smaller one-man shop type electrician that's been around for a long time in my particular county. I've used larger companies for things in the past and they haven't been much help. One guy told me to hide/move/tarp the generator which I thought was nuts. He couldn't really explain why I would need to do that. I need to get better advice and find someone who doesn't want to sell me a LP Generac.
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    That's exactly what you need to do. Hide the generator. Get everything installed and inspected. As long as the hookup, transfer switch, panels, meter and such are ready for service and generator inlet is ready, they have no need to know what generator is used. That is on you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daybreak View Post
    Howdy,

    That's exactly what you need to do. Hide the generator. Get everything installed and inspected. As long as the hookup, transfer switch, panels, meter and such are ready for service and generator inlet is ready, they have no need to know what generator is used. That is on you.
    Yeah, after having a chat today with a local electrician, he said around here it's not about violating any code. It's about just trying to minimize drama or giving an inspector having a bad day something to latch on to. He said it's entirely possible to have a dispute with an inspector where they will not even cite a specific code number. It might not seem right but that's life sometimes.

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    The best plan is to present a complete plan for pre approval when go to get the permit. That way the inspector would have to say the other inspector at the office was wrong.

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    I live in Florida ,but did not pull permit. I installed a 50amp inlet wired to an Interlock myself and had an electrician friend look it over. I originally planned to mount my 803a stationary but after reading in some past thread here ,of other areas permitting on stationary/ temporary, I decided to keep it MEP & mount it to a small trailer.
    Besides I have huge trees around my house, if a storm knocks a tree through my roof, I can hitch up the gen and go elsewhere.
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    Good plan just make sure you have enough fuel stored ahead of storm. I'm sure many neighbors would be glad to have visitor show up with power, bring a collection of wire and connectors

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    In my county in NC while I was building the house, they had time set aside first thing in the morning where you could talk directly to the inspector that would look at your work. It saved lots of time since it reduced me going down the wrong rabbit path (as much) and I built a relationship with him. Maybe not so much in your case since you don’t seem to be able to talk directly so far but ask if your county/city does anything like that.

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    If they wanted you to get a permit they wouldn't make it so difficult.

    I did my own interlock on the breaker panel. The interlock was made by Square D and sold at the home improvement store.

    I have had utility workers on my property checking for line damage with my 803 connected and running and they didn't say a word. They just glanced over at it and went on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by csheath View Post
    If they wanted you to get a permit they wouldn't make it so difficult.

    I did my own interlock on the breaker panel. The interlock was made by Square D and sold at the home improvement store.

    I have had utility workers on my property checking for line damage with my 803 connected and running and they didn't say a word. They just glanced over at it and went on.
    I had nearly the same response, while replacing a pole across the road from me, they disconnected my service and alerted me before hand , when they reconnected, a worker checked and saw my 803 , and gave me a thumb up, I commented "interlock panel" and he gave me thumbs up again and went on.
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