Afternoon, all... After Irene, I coughed up and bought a portable generator, specifically: http://www.amazon.com/Champion-Equipment-46515-4-Stroke-Generator/dp/B000TK2PLI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1352062952&sr=8-2&keywords=champion generator 4000 watt It made the aftermath of Sandy at least bearable. I would LIKE to set the house up so that I can run the well pump and maybe even have a shower without power, even if it's a cold one. I am a reasonably handy (no pun intended) sort of guy who has done many home renovations safely, including a lot of wiring, but there's a big difference between running a new outlet or garage sub panel and wiring a genset. I have found kits such as: http://www.amazon.com/Reliance-31406CRK-6-Circuit-Generator-Generators/dp/B000BQN4T2/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1352063263&sr=1-1&keywords=generator transfer switch kit However, I am unsure: 1) How do I assure I have enough generator? 2) How do I SAFELY wire up such a switch so that when the power goes out, I just plug in the genset and go?