Circuit Breaker Panel

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Old 05-30-06, 12:54 PM
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Circuit Breaker Panel

I only have 2 spaces open for new breakers, 1, side of the panel
has all non 15AMPS (240,30,20...) and the other side has all 15a
breakers, does that mean anything?. I got someone comeing to
install a 15a breaker. But on mine, the side with 15a is full, can
i still buy the stuff, an have him install it on the non 15AMP side.
 
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Old 05-30-06, 01:06 PM
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Assuming you have a fairly modern panel, you can install the 15A single pole breaker in either of the two open slots. There is no requirement for single or double pole breakers to go on either side; whoever installed your panel must have liked to line them up or group them in a particular style. What is the brand name/model of the panel?
 
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Old 05-30-06, 01:23 PM
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The panel was put in when the house was built about 22 years ago. It was made by Eaton/Cutler Hammer products. The 15a
breakers i was looking at are different, i know it is a single pole,
but the way it's mounted, there are different ways, mine has a
U shape on 1 side, and it has a clip on the other side?
It's good to know that i can still use these 2 open areas. What yould happen when they are full, would oi have to get a sub-panel.
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Old 05-30-06, 01:35 PM
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Breakers installed in a panel must be designed and approved for the panel. Just because a circuit breaker fits does not mean it it safe.

Every panel will be designed for a certain number of circuit breakers. The panel may or may not be designed to accommodate tandem or mini breakers. These are two half size breakers in a full size foot print. This usually means two half inch breakers in a one inch footprint. The panel will usually state 20/40 or something like that.

When you fill a panel, you have no choice but to add a sub panel. Adding a sub panel usually means removing two breakers and adding a 240 volt breaker. The 240 volt breaker feeds the sub panel.
 
 

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