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Old 06-10-2021, 12:46 PM   #51
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Rubi513 can you touch on using generators that have a bonded neutral vs a generator that has a floating neutral for powering your home through an acceptable interlock?
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Old 06-10-2021, 04:14 PM   #52
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Rubi513 can you touch on using generators that have a bonded neutral vs a generator that has a floating neutral for powering your home through an acceptable interlock?
Thatís really a good question. By code the neutral and ground are only supposed to be bonded once. If your generator is bonded you could remove the bond to stay ďcode compliantĒ.
I have never heard of anyone having issues if they didnít remove the bond...
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Rubi513 can you touch on using generators that have a bonded neutral vs a generator that has a floating neutral for powering your home through an acceptable interlock?


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Thatís really a good question. By code the neutral and ground are only supposed to be bonded once. If your generator is bonded you could remove the bond to stay ďcode compliantĒ.

I have never heard of anyone having issues if they didnít remove the bond...


I canít say Iíve ever seen a small home generator or portable that has a bonded neutral. Iíve installed plenty in commercial where the ATS is 4 pole and the neutral has to be bonded.


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Old 06-10-2021, 07:35 PM   #54
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I canít say Iíve ever seen a small home generator or portable that has a bonded neutral. Iíve installed plenty in commercial where the ATS is 4 pole and the neutral has to be bonded.


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I would think most portables would have to be bonded to the frame or they wouldnít trip from a ground fault. Mine was bonded, but itís probably 15 years old...
If itís not bonded it would have to have some sort of gfci protection.
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I installed the interlock as described by Zmaxhunter after the freeze and i bought the Champion 8750 watt open frame inverter that has the bonded neutral. My Bobcat 250 is bonded also. I looked at a lot of generators and some are floating and some are bonded.
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:15 PM   #56
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I installed the interlock as described by Zmaxhunter after the freeze and i bought the Champion 8750 watt open frame inverter that has the bonded neutral. My Bobcat 250 is bonded also. I looked at a lot of generators and some are floating and some are bonded.
If you are using it for backup power for the house you could remove the bond, but most folks donít.
If you are using it remotely to run tools, it needs to be bonded or have gfci receptacles.
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Thanks for the confirmation of what I understood.
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Thanks for the confirmation of what I understood.
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:31 PM   #59
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https://youtu.be/RkjjZJgaINA
Decent video explaining bonded vs. unbonded neutral.. also shows you cant always trust the manufacturer.

A couple yrs ago.. i installed a 50a 125/250v power inlet.. several months after the install, i received a notification from the manufacturer.. to double check the inlet.. appears some of them had a hot and neutral prongs switched..
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https://youtu.be/RkjjZJgaINA
Decent video explaining bonded vs. unbonded neutral.. also shows you cant always trust the manufacturer.

A couple yrs ago.. i installed a 50a 125/250v power inlet.. several months after the install, i received a notification from the manufacturer.. to double check the inlet.. appears some of them had a hot and neutral prongs switched..
Excellent video.
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