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Old 08-16-17, 12:44 PM
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Question Recommend a breaker

After turning off the main (and wearing my 200Kv rubber gloves) and taking a look inside my panel, I discovered that installing a new breaker seemed simple enough (but I don't know what I don't know). The one thing I do know is that I need to make sure I buy the right circuit breaker to add. I copied down all the info from one of the breakers that was installed at construction time (28 years ago). Can anyone suggest a currently available (i.e., from Amazon or a big box store) breaker that would be compliant?

Electrical Panel: Cutler-Hammer, Issue No. V-1711 (might have other markings, too)

Existing 20A circuit breakers: 1 Pole Unit, Issue No. MG-1750, Class CTL-Type CN, 120/240 V.A.C., AL-CU

Googling for those Issue Numbers wasn't helpful.
 
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Old 08-16-17, 07:53 PM
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If the existing circuit breakers have tan handles, the panel uses a CH breaker. If they are black, red, blue, or green, they would be Cutler hammer BR breakers
 
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They're tan. What does the CH refer to?
 
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Old 08-16-17, 07:59 PM
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Cutler Hammer has two lines of breakers/panels CH and BR. Similar to how Square D has QO and Homeline breakers/panels. CH is Cutler Hammer's better line (more expensive) line of panels/breakers.

What size/type breaker do you need? (Example: single pole 20 amp)
 
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Old 08-16-17, 08:15 PM
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I only need one single pole 20 amp. Unfortunately, that's half of the empty slots, but I don't anticipate needing to add another circuit ever again. The cost of paying someone to upgrade to a 200 amp panel would prevent me from ever needing to.
 
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Old 08-16-17, 08:19 PM
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The cost of paying someone to upgrade to a 200 amp panel would prevent me from ever needing to
You may just need a subpanel. That can be DIY.
 
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Old 08-16-17, 08:19 PM
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I suspect the OP posted this...
MG-1750, Class CTL-Type CN, 120/240 V.A.C., AL-CU

But meant this...
MG-1750, Class CTL-Type CH, 120/240 V.A.C., AL-CU
 
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Good point, PJmax. That matches the facts. I am working off my notes. I'd have to pull a breaker again to check. The label used 1/32" high letters, which should probably be illegal.

Thanks, everyone, for the help!
 
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Old 08-16-17, 10:21 PM
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You never mentioned the color of the breaker handles.
If they are brown/tan then it's type CH.
 
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Old 08-17-17, 06:49 AM
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Pjmax, see post #3
 
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Old 08-17-17, 09:07 AM
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But meant this...
MG-1750, Class CTL-Type CH, 120/240 V.A.C., AL-CU

Is this perhaps a tandem single pole breaker? Does it have handles for two circuits in one 3/4" body?
 
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Old 08-17-17, 09:51 PM
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It's just one tan switch for the slot. I don't have any tandem breakers.
 
 

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