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Old 09-21-2010, 08:21 AM   #1
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I am currently researching a new 200 amp load center for my house. I am interested in this one that is being sold at home depot:

http://www.homedepot.com/QO/h_d1/N-5...3#BVRRWidgetID

So I went to square d's website and found the same product and they are asking almost 10 times more for the same product number.

http://www.schneider-electric.us/pro...rtNumber=QOVP1

What gives? How are these different and can Home Depot's purchasing power really be great enough to warrant a 90% discount?

On another note, does anyone have any experience with these panels from home depot? Is it as good as something that would be installed in a new build or high end renovation project?

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If it is the same part number, it is the same part. If it was a special unit made for HD, it would be a different part number.


I have never understood Square D's pricing structure either.

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Yeah ... Nap is right it is the same panel if part number is the same. The pricing is typical of a manufacturer selling at list price. It is a lot like a car dealership when it sells parts to you at list. The mark up on some parts can as much as 1000% ... often 5 or 6 hundred percent.

For example a fog light lens housing for a 2005 chevy colorado pick up is $67.50 list .. dealer price is $17.50.... welcome to capitalism ...

Now this has a lot to do with where the heck else are you gonna get it ...so pay the price...or go to the junk yard.

What amazes me about square d is .. that is not a part sold exclusively by their owned outlets or franchises.

So they are really looking to put it to you in my opinion. The QO product is good FWIW.
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On another note, does anyone have any experience with these panels from home depot? Is it as good as something that would be installed in a new build or high end renovation project?
Yep their panels are not modified one bit to sell through HD. sometimes they will sell a panel with HD exclusive rights to that particular panel but other than that QO is QO.

Homeline is considered the economy grade panel for Square D with QO being the top of the line for residential load centers..
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Thank you Nap and Stubbie! Now I just have to make sure that I have room in my wall for that panel.
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Thank you Nap and Stubbie! Now I just have to make sure that I have room in my wall for that panel.
the dimensions on the Home Depot site are whack. It states 6.2" deep, 25.3 high, and 9.5 wide. I can assure you, it isn't 9.5 wide. Not real comfortable about the 6.2" deep.

square d site says 14.25 wide, 29.86 high, no depth listed I could see.

It should be 3 or 3 1/2 deep given it is a load center value pack. As far as I know, those were built for installation in a 4" stud wall.

the 14.25 width would fit between 2 studs set 16" on center.

also, wherever you put this, you must have at least 30" of wall space. Panel does not need to be centered in that space but the open space cannot have other unassociated equipment. You need 36" from the face of the panel outward from the floor to the ceiling. Nothing other than electrical (with a very few exceptions) can be in that space.
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Nap....take a picture it'll last longer!

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Thank you both for that! The only thing currently within arms reach of that panel is a 50 gallon saltwater aquarium which should be out of the way.
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I found that pic in Scuba_Dave's sticky, btw.
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I found that pic in Scuba_Dave's sticky, btw.
sticky what????!!!!
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hmmmm so many responses that just are not appropriate for this forum...

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