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Project by ChuckC posted 07-08-2013 07:40 PM 2555 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Almost everyone that lives on Long Island was affected by Hurricane Sandy in one way or another. We were no exception. For us, we had bad roof damage and lost power for over a week. The worst part was that we had no heat in the house which by itself isn’t too bad but with 3 small kids it was tough. Even with several layers and a few blankets night time was cold. A lot of people had it worse so I’m not complaining. Heck, a lot of people still haven’t recovered.

So, what does this have to do with a mirror??? When things got back to normal I got a backup generator and a transfer switch. A transfer switch lets you energize some or all (for me 6) of the circuits in the breaker panel with a generator. When the power goes out you plug the generator in, flip the switches, and you get power back to those circuits. It’s the safest way to do it. We don’t have a basement so I installed it in the entry way (mud room) to the back door. It’s flush to the wall so I made a mirror to cover it when we’re not using it.

The size is about 18” x 32”.
The wood is Cherry with Danish oil finish.

In case you are wondering the shop is not wired to the transfer switch, but I did consider it :-)

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-08-2013 08:54 PM

Chuck—Good thinking to put that nice mirror over your transfer switch. Glad to hear that Sandy didn’t mess you up too bad. Here in south Louisiana and the Gulf Coast in general, we are all too familiar with those messy bags of wind and rain. Re: electrical service, I hope your generator connection won’t back feed the electrical system. I’m sure you wired it up to where that won’t happen. Again, from experience, electrical utilities don’t like to work on lines that might be energized from generators.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 07-08-2013 10:54 PM

^^ I agree 100%! I’ve talked a few people out of back-feeding their panel. It’s easy enough to drop in a 60 amp breaker and connect the other end to a generator but so much can go wrong with that approach.

The primary job of a transfer switch is to disconnect the circuit from the panel first and then connect it to the generator next so back feeding can’t happen.

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#3 posted 07-09-2013 01:19 AM

Nice looking mirror Chuck . What did you use to cut the square holes . Glad to here you made it through sandy . Still have friends trying to rebuild . From a fellow long islander

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#4 posted 07-09-2013 01:21 AM

Really nice. The pegs look great.

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#5 posted 07-09-2013 04:34 AM

Thank you for the comments! I used a hollow chisel mortiser to make the square holes.

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