circuit breaker compatibility

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circuit breaker compatibility

I have recently moved into a home with an old fuse box. The house is 44 years old and the manufacturer of the box is General Switch. I need to add a 20 AMP breaker for a new sump pump but I cannot tell what circuit breakers are compatible with General Switch. None of the existing breakers show a manufacturer name. Any ideas?
 
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Old 07-15-09, 02:38 PM
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Welcome to the forums! I am certain you meant circuit breaker box, rather than "fuse box". Not sure which breakers you have, but if you post a picture of the panel and it's guts, we can probably steer you to the right choice. You can post the pictures on a site such as photobucket.com and copy/paste the HTML code to your reply post.
From the information I located at http://www.pacificcoastbreaker.com/catalog/1673, it appears Siemens, or General Electric may fit, but check to be sure.
 
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Old 07-15-09, 09:37 PM
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Looking at Chandler's link it looks like Cuttler Hammer BR breakers will fit your panel. If it does not look right, I oddly think I may have a General Switch breaker in my truck. (I kept be because I never saw one before.) Let me know and I can take a picture of it an see if it matches.
 
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Thanks. I will take pictures this afternoon and post them. I appreciate the help.
 
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I've never seen General Switch brand breakers either. Perhaps it's a regional brand? Any idea if it was made by a different company?
 
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Old 07-16-09, 10:32 AM
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Info from Mike Holt forum. General brand- breaker - Mike Holt's Forum
 
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Old 07-16-09, 10:39 AM
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Ahhh Ray..thats cheating! lol

I saw that earlier...but I didn't see any real solid info or links..so I didn't mention it. Guess the company has been gone so long, I couldn't find much more than a mention at a few places.
 
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Got back and checked the truck. Lo and behold they are General Switch breakers. I got two 20 amp. Here's some pictures:




If you want bigger picts go here: General Switch breakers pictures by TolynIronhand - Photobucket

The connecting parts look similar to Siemens, Square D Homeline, GE, or Cutler hammer BR's. Ray's post pretty much confirms that the BR's is a direct replacement. However if you are interested in these send me a PM.
 
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Too late...wth is up with those chickens feet!?

Believe it or not I had pet chickens as a kid.....until they became possum bait or soup.
 
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Old 07-16-09, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45 View Post
Too late...wth is up with those chickens feet!?

Believe it or not I had pet chickens as a kid.....until they became possum bait or soup.
LOL! That is why I changed it to a new album. I'm not really sure why their feet were like that. I did a bunch of research and it tures out they had Merricks's disease but I don't know if that had anything to do with the feet. They have been "removed" from the flock so no worries.
 
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RIR's? We have Buff Orpingtons and Auraconas. Blue and pink eggs, weird.
 
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Old 07-16-09, 07:24 PM
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Not meaning to keep hijacking this thread but...

Yup. I got 4 Rhode Island Red's, 3 Red Star, 1 Black Star, 1 Americana, 1 I'm not sure but I thing is a Red Star but it is buff/red colored. I had to "remove" my only Barred Rock and one RIR.
 
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pics of paperwork in my GS panel box

I recognize this is an older thread, but it was helpful and I wanted to add my 2cents worth to it. I offer the switch compatibility page from my GS panel (looks like the GE THQL's are acceptable as well as being readily available)
 
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As stated by others, we have found Cutler Hammer BR's work best in these. They were actually used towards their end and relabled anyway....Not to be a wet blanket but those used Zinsco type mains, as general never made their own. these are discontinued and hard to find. last company that had the Zinsco style main was T&B and those were sold off when T&B got out of the business. To buy a NOS breaker the cost is well over 250 dollars nowadays....and that is for the plug in style main. A bolt in type is almost non existant. Might look down the road at a total replacement.....when you can.
 
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As stated by others, we have found Cutler Hammer BR's work best in these. They were actually used towards their end and relabled anyway....Not to be a wet blanket but those used Zinsco type mains, as general never made their own. these are discontinued and hard to find. last company that had the Zinsco style main was T&B and those were sold off when T&B got out of the business. To buy a NOS breaker the cost is well over 250 dollars nowadays....and that is for the plug in style main. A bolt in type is almost non existant. Might look down the road at a total replacement.....when you can.
I'd agree that the Cutler-Hammer BR breaker is the one to use and I'd also agree with Jim that you should be looking at a total replacement in the not too distant future.
 
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