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Old 01-04-07, 08:27 AM
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Square D question

Hi, on my square D panel I noticed that the Square D breakers have a pressure plate (behind screw down) that appears to accept two conducters slots. Am I wrong to assume that if load calculations allow, that I can run two ckts off of this breaker?
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Old 01-04-07, 08:36 AM
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> I can run two ckts off of this breaker?

If two wires come off one breaker, then you have one circuit with a split, not two circuits.

Some breakers are rated for two wires on the terminal -- what is the model number of the breaker? Does the breaker have one switch handle or two?
 
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Old 01-04-07, 08:38 AM
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Bob, it sounds like you have a single 20 amp breaker. It will only supply one 20 amp circuit. They do make "tandem" breakers that will supply two circuits off one breaker. These would have two switch handles to control the two circuits.

Just a reminder. Safety first. If you don't know your way around inside your panel, maybe you should hire an electrician.

(edit.)Sorry ib, didn't mean to jump in. I type slow and you answered first.
 
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Old 01-04-07, 01:39 PM
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Ben, you are right. I went down to the big box store and showed the Square D vendor my exact breaker. (not the dept. employee).
He showed my how you explained that the breaker is designed to split a ckt; however, even tho it was designed that way, local code supercedes.
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