I did not have to drive an additional rod. I have an upgraded electrical that already has two rods in the ground. I have had this system now for at least 3 years and used back up power about 9 or 11 times. Works like a charm. Also bought the 6500 rigid generator from HD. The only thing you need to add is the wire between the box and the plug, expensive but smart, so I could run it further out as the generator is very noisy.
You can do anything you want, however based on my understanding of this product, my answer is no. Mechanically you can substitute similar brand and make breakers, but if you respect the National Electrical Code, the purpose of the circuit breaker is to protect the electrical wire from overheating and starting a fire. You should only run two single pole 20 amp circuits, provided you use the single pole circuit breakers on A and B circuits of this particular transfer switch. The other four circuits C,D,E,F are reportedly wired for 15 amp circuits (14 gauge wire), and therefore should not be used on 20 amp circuits (12 gauge wire).
The inlet box is water tight but when you plug in the connection it don't look it would be in a heavy rain. I'll rap it with plastic if I ever get to use it in the rain.
The Unit is rated for 7500 watts, if your furnace operates with in that range this item will work.
GFCI's can be finicky. I do know if your generator has GFCI outlets and /or a bonded ground, you should consider their X-Series Neutral Switching transfer switches that will prevent GFCI's from nuisance tripping on generator at the very least. They're also used for separately-derived systems.
I don't see why not. I believe I have a similar generator.
Watch the installation videos on utube and if you feel comfortable it shouldn't be a problem, I've done a lot of electrical work in my day the written instructions that come with it suck.
Yes, you can do it yourself. If you want a clear conscience, get a permit, then do it. This is not a difficult item to install. I installed it, and I've never done any work in my main panel before. You cannot make a mistake if you follow the instructions, and the instructions are as simple as they can be. Also, even if you have a flush-mount panel, it is still easy; mine was like that. With an interlock, you have to flip breakers in your main panel each time you use generator power. With this, you do not, despite what one gentleman said who provided an answer to your question. For my intended use, this beats an interlock handily.
You can sort of do that. The transfer switch would just always be in the generator position. The only thing is the station is not set up like a typical breaker panel, there is no where to connect 12-2 or 14-2 to. You would have to have some sort of junction panel to the side where you can tie the transfer station leads to the circuit leads in your cottage. But once you have done that, the transfer station breakers will be in place to monitor the generator voltage.