I live in South Florida an as such need to have generators for hurricanes.
I have 2 Generators, a small 3300 Watt Inverter and a big loud 9000 Watt generators.
Edit: My plan is to use only 1 generator at a time. My 2 Generators are: Small Generator Larger Generator. I am looking for a solution that will allow me to use the smaller quieter Genset overnight and the more powerful one during the day. Not looking to use both at once.
The small inverter is what I use overnight to power the necessities, such as Aquarium Equipment, small window AC, Fridge and freezer. It works great, is very quiet and efficient and runs through the night. However I would like the option to power some of my bigger stuff during the day off the big generator and some 240 stuff such as Pool pump, stove, etc..
I am planning on having a generator tie in installed in my electrical panel. along with a disconnect so I do not back feed the grid.
240 power is basically 2 120 circuits out of phase. What I would like to know is can I consider each leg independent? Can I connect my 120v Generator to 1 leg and just make sure my 'crucial lines' are powered by this leg. Over night I would ensure all my 240v Breakers are off.
When I want to power my 240V stuff during the day I could disconnect the small inverter and connect my bigger generator, then in my panel choose my desired 240 loads and activate the breakers for the 240 loads I want to run?
How would I achieve this... My Small generator has a TT-30R Outlet. I would get a cable and connect that to a L14-30 Connector, but only to one side. The big Generator has native outlet of L14-30 so I could use the same generator tie in for that at full 240V.
I know there is the potential for my load to be unbalanced. However I would not run the AC during the day and the running amps of the Fridge, Freezer and Aquarium are pretty low. so in the grand scheme of things I think it would end fairly balanced. I am not looking to do this DIY, I am gauging the feasibility before I try to hire an electrician. Additionally I find it helpful to understand things somewhat before I hire someone. Not all Tradesmen are equal and I what they do needs to make sense to me before they do it.