I hope at least one of the generators has 220v output.
That’s what my pump needs.
I’ve not sw1tches; either.
When the power goes out, I turn off the main breaker to the power line and plug in the generator to a 220v outlet in the barn. (it’s where the welder usually is plugged in.)
It was a simple task to make an adapter cable between the generator and the welder outlet.
When power comes back on, you MUST be very careful to turn off the generator before unplugging it.
Then you may safely turn on your house main breaker; after you’ve done those two things.
New Madrid; eh?
I’d think if (WHEN!!) that baby goes again that electricity would be the LEAST of your problems!
Just to be clear - it is not about the electricity - it is about how to get water from the well that has no manual way to do it other than a rocket bucket, which is not an ideal long term solution.
Yes, it is a simple task for hubby, but not for me who is clueless on wiring and that sort of thing. I’ve just been trying to get him to do that simple work, so that all I have to do is flip a switch and/or plug in something so that we can get water from the well.
The top 3 things- shelter, water, food. We have the shelter and food fairly well covered, but after our stored water runs out, we will need the well - hence a way to run the pump long enough to get at least 10 gallons a day from the well.
Other than that, electrical power is a convenience and not a top concern.
In general, we have run heavy duty extension cords to the refrigerators, freezers and window air conditioner or heaters for the power outages that last longer than a day.
We’ve always had enough water and alternate cooking methods to get by for several weeks in this manner.
But longer term, I want a way to get water from the well - preferably from an indoor faucet - to fill 4 or 5 - 5 gallon buckets every other day. That’s the minimum for my kids, grandkids, and great grand kids.