Circuit Breaker Switch Covers?


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Old 03-20-06, 07:47 PM
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Question Circuit Breaker Switch Covers?

I converted part of my home into a separate in-law suite but the circuit breaker panel is located on that side. Is there some sort of curcuit breaker cover that I can put over individual switches (like the refigerator's circuit) to stop them from accidently being turned off by that woman living over there, but still allow them to be thrown due to normal electrical reasons? I have a Cutler-Hammer panel and breakers. I've searched around and can only find switch locks that won't allow the circuit to break when necessary.
 
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Old 03-20-06, 08:07 PM
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If you have certain devices you don't want off, You can get breaker locks(any electrical supply house). Or you could install a lock on the panel cover. Or......... .
 
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Old 03-26-06, 10:48 AM
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Thanks lectriclee...I've seen the locks at a local supply store, however, I'm looking for some type of cover that would still allow the switch to be thrown if theres a surge, but to manually throw the switch, you'd have to remove the cover or reach around it(to prevent accidentally throwing the switch.) I don't want to put a lock on the panel cover because i would like to give my mother-in-law the ability to restore power to whatever circuit is thrown (basically, I don't want to give her a reason to bother me). I'd like to make it as dummy-proof as possible, but maybe I am asking for too much or for something that doesn't exist?
 
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Old 03-26-06, 10:59 AM
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Close the door on the panel, And note not to touch except in an emergency.
Otherwise, I'm not sure what your asking.
 
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Old 03-26-06, 02:44 PM
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Circuit breakers are "trip free" which means that even if the handle is physically held in the on position the breaker will still trip from an overload or short circuit.
 
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Old 03-26-06, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Moe Ron
still allow the switch to be thrown
They all do. If they didn't, they would not be legal.
You can't stop a breaker from tripping by holding the handle.

> if there's a surge

A surge? You mean a short.

> i would like to give my mother-in-law the ability to restore
> power to whatever circuit is thrown (basically, I don't want
> to give her a reason to bother me).

If a breaker pops, you need to know about it.

> maybe I am asking for too much or for something that doesn't exist?

Why would she ever even open the panel much less shut down your fridge?
If she has that kind of problem, she needs frequent monitoring anyway.
 
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Old 03-26-06, 08:08 PM
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Hopefully you've got the circuits for "The Woman Over There" separated from yours. If that's the case, just mark her breakers with bright orange tape or paint, or something like that, tell her which ones are hers, and ASK her to not worry about the rest of them.
 
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Breaker - protection from turning off certain circuits

In some electrical supply houses they have a ciorcuit breaker lock. It is a small metal clip that has a set screw that attaches it to the circuit breaker handle. This allows the breaker to break and keeps anyone with out a screw driver from turning it off accidentally.
I believe that this is what you want. I am curently looking for some my self and found one supply house that wanted 4.50 each and I refuse to pay that much. They should be around .50 each but I would pay up to a $ each. I am needing around 30 for my warhouse. We use the breaker panel to turn on and off all lighting and sometimes they turn off the telephone, computers, and internet. Uh oh!!
Rick
 
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Old 08-28-07, 12:49 PM
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If shutting off a breaker affects your phone service I think you have issues.

Right now my garage has no power but my phone still works.
 
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Old 08-28-07, 01:00 PM
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There are lots and lots of telephone systems that require ac power.
 
 

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