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BimmerRacer 09-01-2009 10:14 AM

Circuit breaker differences
 
Need to add a few breakers to my panel for new circuits for bath remodel. I am likely going to hire this part out, but just out of curiosity, are all breakers the same? Meaning that home improvement stores carry multiple brands and even multiple models of the same rating breakers. I am sure when you shop for a light switch you can go by look and feel and color, but how does one shop for breakers?

Scuba_Dave 09-01-2009 10:21 AM

In most cases the breaker you buy needs to be from the Mfg of the panel

BimmerRacer 09-01-2009 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 322273)
In most cases the breaker you buy needs to be from the Mfg of the panel

hrm...that covers the brand, but I think they still have multiple of lets say square d single pole 20A

Yoyizit 09-01-2009 11:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BimmerRacer (Post 322277)
hrm...that covers the brand, but I think they still have multiple of lets say square d single pole 20A

Different trip curves?

Scuba_Dave 09-01-2009 11:47 AM

There is the Square D reg 20a breaker
Then a 20a Square D Homeline breaker - less expensive model
Breaker must match the Mfg & in Square D's case the model line of panel

Jim Port 09-01-2009 12:33 PM

If you read the label in the panel it will tell what types of breakers can be installed.

Like SD said the brands and types must match.


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