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Old 01-03-2012, 01:11 PM   #1
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Hey guy I've installed 2 interlock kits so far this year, I just got into the interlock kits. I personally like them.

But i'd like to hear from some of the other contractors and electricians. Which do you prefer a interlock kit or the transfer switch. And why?

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Old 01-03-2012, 02:26 PM   #2
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Always start out trying to sell the most expensive option. Work your way down to what they'll buy

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Always start out trying to sell the most expensive option. Work your way down to what they'll buy

I got a cord with a twist lock on one end and a dryer plug on the other to sell to the low end market.

I make them out of 10-2 Romex
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I got a cord with a twist lock on one end and a dryer plug on the other to sell to the low end market.

I make them out of 10-2 Romex


Damn, you're starting to sound like Shockdoc
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Damn, you're starting to sound like Shockdoc

Is that a bad thing?

Where the hell has he been anyway? I haven't seen him post in I'll bet 2 or 3 weeks.


Hey you know some guys will just use a piece of 14-2 romex without plugs (just shove the wires into the sockets, but that is total hack
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Hey you know some guys will just use a piece of 14-2 romex without plugs (just shove the wires into the sockets, but that is total hack


I do it alot
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Always start out trying to sell the most expensive option. Work your way down to what they'll buy

I couldn't sell an interlock kit to 99% of our customers. They want automatic or nothing. With the new load shedding switch Kohler is coming out with I hope to sell a lot more installs this year.
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I think it depends on the situation,new house- always go with sR transfer or split buss panel.
Older houses with some room and an intelligent resident,the interlocks are good.
Old crappy service i try to sell the 6-10 ckt transfers, makes economical sense for the home owner.
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I simply explain to them the advantages of an emergency panel. That's the way I like to do them because I feel it is the better way. However, I had a customer who specifically requested the interlock.com kit so that's what he's getting end of next week.
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I have sold some servic rated TS during a service upgrade- in hopes of getting a gen sale.
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I have sold some servic rated TS during a service upgrade- in hopes of getting a gen sale.
I've hit a few snags selling these generators. By the time I get an internet price and add the 10-15% people are looking elsewhere. I have no problem coming to wire them but selling them with the mark up has not been a home run thus far.
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I use interlock kits most of the time, i just install a little sub panel and put the emergency load in it, otherwise it is a ATS. As for customers buying their own, it's their baby with warranty.
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I personally dig the 6 or 10 transfer, saves me from trying to explain load shedding and hopefully will prevent the phone call of " I plugged me 5000w generator in and I was cooking while my wife was drying clothes a d it shut down. What did you do wrong"
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Kirk interlocks prevent paralleling of lines from different utility sources, ie. tying up different buses thru a secondary bus tie breaker
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Sorry it got slipped upside down.

I've also installed the interlocks as well they are very easy. I just did 1 took less than 2 hrs fr 650.
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Sorry it got slipped upside down.

I've also installed the interlocks as well they are very easy. I just did 1 took less than 2 hrs fr 650.
Have two interlocks to do next week.
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Am I the only one that's never seen these?

I searched Kirk and only found lock info. Anybody have a good link to learn more?

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