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Piedmont 01-08-2008 10:51 AM

Is this breaker defective?
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I have a Square D panel, HOM and purchased this 20A breaker from Home Depot. I was having a time trying to get it to mount then, noticed it seems to have 3 metal pieces to clamp to the bar, the clamp looks like brass and there's a middle silver piece that seems to be out of place an interfering with it mounting to the panel. The middle silver piece in the clamp is barely attached... but is connected to the internals so it doesn't just fall out. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to remove it, or if I had to guess that silver middle piece is supposed to be on outside of the brass clamp not inside making this unit defective.

I don't have the instructions nor can I recall how it came (sealed or in an open bin) as I purchased it months ago. What's your take on it?


220/221 01-08-2008 11:05 AM

After further review....I'll have to go look at one.....crap, don't have one on my truck.

Pull another breaker and have a look.

You MAY just be having trouble cause the silver part it bent and you were tring to force it on the right side instead of the left. See how the silver bends out at the end?

THAT's what it is.

Use a screwdriver to tweak the silver piece back into place

Piedmont 01-08-2008 12:33 PM

Well, that was interesting I have a fear with messing with the breaker panel but for this, I shut off the main and pulled out a Square D HOM 15A, the silver piece looked to be behind the brass making this one look defective (even with good lighting it was hard to tell on the 15A so I may be wrong). Pulled a 20A, the silver piece was certainly like here, being between. I poked this one with a screwdriver pushing it to the side and it seated.

Anyway, hadn't noticed there's that floating piece in the middle of the breaker clamp before, but is indeed normal (definetely with 20A Square D HOM models at least). Thanks!

Andy in ATL 01-08-2008 04:07 PM

"Snap in" or "Push in" breakers should be installed gently aand firmly. If you find yourself standing on the breaker to force it in...ease on back and figure out the problem. Tweak that piece back over and install.

goose134 01-08-2008 11:13 PM


Snap in" or "Push in" breakers should be installed gently aand firmly.
Nice, Andy. You're starting to sound like Kane in Kung Fu. :laughing:
Funny but I know exactly what you're saying!

220/221 01-08-2008 11:22 PM

Your struggle with the breaker will only end in misfortune if you do not become one with the busbar young grasshoppa.

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