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Puzzled about Cutler Hammer tandem breaker "1968" description

Puzzled about Cutler Hammer tandem breaker "1968" description


Old 12-16-12, 12:10 AM
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Puzzled about Cutler Hammer tandem breaker "1968" description

I have a CMBE3242B225BF (similar to panel CMBE3242B200BF) main panel which is designed for 32/42 circuits. The diagram shows 10 of the slots accept tandem breakers, and that's why it can hold 10 additional circuits beyond 32.

But in all of the descriptions for the CHNT tandem breakers it says the following:

"Non-CTL Plug-On Replacement Circuit Breakers, Type CHNT 10 kAIC, 120/240 Vac
For use as replacement in loadcenters built prior to 1968 and within the current style 28 circuit loadcenters as indicated in the loadcenter section."

If my new 32/42 circuit panel shows it takes the tandem breakers, then why does the description say that these breakers are for panels built prior to 1968 or panels with 8 or less circuits?

Is this a mistake in all of their product descriptions? It doesn't make any sense.
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Old 12-16-12, 01:34 AM
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I think I found the answer to my own question - on the tiny print on the panel label, this panel uses CHT type twin breakers, not CHNT. Interesting that this info is not published anywhere, other than the sticker on the panel that eventually weathers and fades over time.
Old 12-16-12, 06:57 AM
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Newer panels that can accept tandems would use a CTL listed breaker. CTL is circuit tandem limiting. This limits the number of breakers to certain positions in the panel. Otherwise a 40 circuit panel could be filled with up to 80 breakers.
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This is a pre 2008 formula.

Class CTL Panelboards

Panelboards must follow UL Standard 67, which requires all lighting and appliance panelboards to be Class CTL (Circuit Total Limiting). Here's a formula for determining how many circuits are allowed in the Class CTL panelboard being inspected. Take the amperage of the panelboard, multiply by the number of poles, and divide by 10. It sounds complicated, but it's not let's use a 100-amp panelboard as an example:

100 Amp x 2 Poles = 200
200 / 10 = 20
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