Full Rated Manual Transfer Switch vs Multicircuit
Thanks for all your help on my other thread (Contradictions & Confusion). I have a new question now. After meeting with an Electrician, he has convinced me to just do this right and put in a proper transfer switch. I'm ok with it I guess. However I'm still not on the same page with him on one item. He is suggesting a multicircuit transfer switch off my main panel...which I guess is pretty traditional. Since my house is broken up in to so many small circuits, trying to decide which ones to route to the switch have been a little painful. I suggested maybe going with a fully rated manual transfer switch at the service entry instead of off my main panel - which would allow me individual control of all the circuits at the main panel. Since my generator can't handle all of them at once, I'd need to shut most of them off before engaging the manual switch anyway, so why not just give me full access to all of them? His initial feeling was that this wouldn't work because I have a 110v generator, and the service entry is is 240v - and he wouldn't want my 220v appliances hit with 110v. Technically they wouldn't, because I would flip their breakers off before engaging the switch/generator.
Is there any reason I can't do a fully rated service entry switch? Any thoughts on why he might be pushing a multicircuit switch or why it might be preferable? Technically, the multicircuit swich has a 240v plug too...although no 220v appliances would be connected to the switch.
Just wondering how hard to push on this. A fully rated service entry switch seems like a better idea to me for future flexibility - but I also see very little chatter about them on the web.
Thanks for any thoughts/opinions...