We have an rural machine shed (100 amp single phase) mostly used to store farm vehicles and also is our workshop where we have the mill, lathe, welder, etc. It is prone to power outages more and more these days and at we seem to be working in there everyday so it obviously becomes very inconvenient when the power is out. As it turns out, we are one of three properties in a rural area that has "easily tripped" power. We are always the first to lose power, and the last to get it back up. I'm not sure what they call it, but the part they always have to fix is on a power pole a few miles up the road from us, and it looks kind of like a paper clip. Anyways, usually the power flickers for a bit, then poof, it is off until they send a service truck out to repair it.
So last month we bought a 7500 watt generator to make life smoother and at least keep the heat and lights on Here is where my question comes in. Some of the people around here say you can go to the breaker panel and turn off the main breaker (from the grid) and make a "cheater plug" to back-feed the breaker panel thru a 240volt outlet (of which we have several "welder" plugs that would be ideal for this). What are the thoughts of the group to do something like this? I understand it is a shortcut, but if one was sensible about it is this a viable temporary option over the "transfer switch" the local electrician wants 1000 bucks to install?
Thanks in advance to all helpful posters, Ryan