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Old 11-25-2013, 09:34 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Protagonist View Post
Here in New Orleans, there is a removable breaker built into the base of the meter. You pull it out, and reinsert it backwards, so the connectors are facing outward, before firing up the generator. If you fail to pay your bill and Entergy shuts you off, they pull the breaker and take it with them, and you don't get it back until you pay in full. I guess that's why they go with a removable breaker. In other municipalities it may be a cutoff switch at the meter, but they probably have fewer deadbeats.

You're right about the transfer switch; if you have a properly-wired manual or automatic transfer switch, you're good. No way to backfeed. But not everyone who runs a generator at home installs a transfer switch first, so it was meant as general advice.
Around here (for houses anyway) they don't have a breaker or cutoff switch anywhere near the meter, maybe up on the pole.

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