How to remove a circuit breaker


Old 10-31-04, 08:02 PM
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How to remove a circuit breaker

I need to swap a breaker for a different amperage.
My panel is a 20-year-old GTE Sylvania panel with,
most likely, Zinsco breakers.

What is the safe way to remove a circuit breaker?
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Old 10-31-04, 09:26 PM
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In almost all cases, swapping a breaker for one of a different amperage is illegal and hazardous. Please explain why you want to do this.
Old 10-31-04, 11:16 PM
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Thank you for your concern, but in this case its entirely legal and with the blessing of the electrical inspector.

I'm adding a sub panel. The appliance currently connected to the curcuit will be wired to the subpanel instead. The slot taken by the appliance will feed the subpanel. Right now I simply want to make sure that I indeed have a zinsco panel.

As you know Zinsco breakers are hard to come by and expensive. The vintage of the panel is 1984. A local electrical expert hinks that Zinsco panels were phased out in 1980. I hope he's right, but I recall the giant slots in the bottomof the breakers.

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