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Onan 15JC and ATS Install Complete!


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Old 10-02-2015, 08:04:01 PM
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Default Onan 15JC and ATS Install Complete!

After a year and a half I have finally completed the install of my 15JC. Most of the time was saving up and gathering needed things.

Here is the one I am talking about: http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=131143

I can say I learned tons, and worked my butt off getting it done, but what a pleasure it is to have done it, and did it myself. Now I did have help via phone a pics from my Bro-in-Law who is an Electrician, but I did all the digging, wire humping, conduit laying and buying the misc things that are needed.

When I hit my Disconnect Switch and heard the JC fire up, I was pumped. Then I ran inside and heard the ATS switch and everything in my house come back on it was like fireworks going off in my head!!!

Not trying to be goofy, just elated that such a big project is done, inspected, and going to work when I need it too.

After all is said and done my total tally is close to $4750.00 This includes the purchase of the Generator and ATS $1500.00 and another $1400.00 for the NG Line with the rest being wire and peripherals.

I have 2 Indicator lights on my ATS that are out, but already found a source and they will be replaced next week.

Thanks to all who answered questions in the other thread and kept me going and my head on straight!!!

This site is fricking Amazing!!!!!
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"I love it when a plan comes together". You might check out the post about retrofitting Led lights in place of the others. I believe it was Isac. I might be wrong. Make sense though.
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Old 10-02-2015, 08:56:20 PM
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Very nice! Can you post a few more pic? I restored a15.0JC last year. I had tons of fun and learned too. I did not keep track of my costs since the experience far out weighs any costs.

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I would do as MBB posted. The lights that came with the switch burned out faster than you could replace them. I carried a box of them on my service truck.
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I wonder if those bulbs are available for like twice the voltage, so they would last for decades? I just hate to see nice old equipment emitting the harsh, monochromatic light from an LED instead of the nice warm glow that takes us back to an era when things were made well....
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:01:49 PM
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I have not bothered to look up the bulb number, but the short answer is that most old incandescent panel light bulbs had numerous cousins that used the same base, same glass, but had operating voltage and current all over the map. If the original bulb is rated as 12 volts, you might look for a 14 volt cousin that used about the same or less current and try using it. You can certainly find small bulbs that run on 24 volts but they will reduce brightness greatly. In the past I've seen charts of bulb number, base, globe, voltage and current. I didn't find it tonight, but this site has similar info by voltage.
http://www.bulbtown.com/Bulbs_By_Voltage_s/29.htm

If you ever looked closely at old light bulbs, the usual 60 watt bulb would typically have a voltage rating of 120 volts. If you look around you could find "long life" bulbs. They would be rated for 130 volt operation, maybe higher. If you run them on 120 volts you get less light lumens and longer life.

At the extreme end of the spectrum, I still have bulbs I bought in the early 70's that came out of a cheap office copier that 3M was building. It used a 200 watt 230 volt bulb. At 120 volts it puts out maybe 40 watts of yellowish light and 60 watts of heat, but due to the voltage reduction, the estimate is that it will last 10,000 times its original rated life. I've used one as a bug light in my porch light ever since I bought them. I've never had one burn out but I did have one where the glass came loose from the metal base....
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Old 10-03-2015, 06:17:38 AM
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Got that warm fuzzy feeling inside when you saw it all come together that first time didn't you. I wouldn't know anything about that.
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I really did get that warm and fuzzy, can't lie about that

Here are a few pics, not really in order, but you get the general idea.

The vent is for the hot air exhaust for the Generator on the other side of the wall.
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A few more just for the heck of it!
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No pictures of the onan jc naughty naughty.
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I sure wouldn't want to go out in the pouring rain and turn on or off the breakers.
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Yep, no turning on or off breakers for me anymore! Where I live as long as a power consumption survey is done and the Amp draw is below the switch rate you can hook it up to the house panel.

My house runs on gas. The only big electrical pull is my AC. With my AC running the pull is a little over 30 Amps, that's with the side blower and the outside compressor running. Currently it is an amazing cool fall day here, the Amp meter barley moves.

When I did my test on Friday it was warm enough to need AC, my JC surged a little bit, but picked right up and ran it no problem at all. I am very happy with it. I plan on installing an Hour Meter so i can keep track of those. I am not sure how many hours it currently has on it, but it can't be much.

Here is the JC pic as requested.
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Nice looking stand you have it mounted on.
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The stand came with the Generator when I bought it.
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