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ptcamaro 03-30-2008 11:28 PM

Fill plates for circuit box?
 
I have some unused breaker in the panel and like to take them out and cover it with fill plates. It is SquareD QO panel but the ones I found for them seems narrower. Even their own. It might be due to older panel.
What is the other solutions I have or are there universal ones that I can find?
Thanks.

goose134 03-31-2008 09:36 PM

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It is SquareD QO panel but the ones I found for them seems narrower.
Are you saying that the insert is too narrow for the opening? Or too short to bridge the gap that is the length of the breaker? If it is too narrow, try another kind, perhaps a Homeline blank. Those breakers are wider than QO and may help to fill the gap. The length shouldn't be a problem, but if it is, let us know.

Also, I'm sure you know this but a two pole breaker requires two blanks.

junkcollector 03-31-2008 09:55 PM

I think I know exactly what he is talking about. I also found that the new QO filler blanks are not as long as the slot is wide in the older panels. The tabs on the blanks do not keep the blanks from falling out.

The HOM and QO blanks are the same length.

ptcamaro 03-31-2008 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by junkcollector (Post 112756)
I think I know exactly what he is talking about. I also found that the new QO filler blanks are not as long as the slot is wide in the older panels. The tabs on the blanks do not keep the blanks from falling out.

The HOM and QO blanks are the same length.


Exactly, they are short. It is good for the main which has slightly shorter openings.
There has to be another solution to this. Any? What can I do to close?
Thanks.

HouseHelper 04-01-2008 09:18 AM

Just leave the breakers in the panel and label them as "spare".

220/221 04-01-2008 03:46 PM

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I have some unused breaker in the panel and like to take them out and cover it with fill plates


Uhhhhh.....why?


I'd much rather have a breaker securely in place than blanks that fall out when you take the cover off. I HATE panel blanks.

perpetual98 04-01-2008 03:53 PM

Sounds like another amazing use for....

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ptcamaro 04-01-2008 09:37 PM

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Originally Posted by perpetual98 (Post 112939)
Sounds like another amazing use for....

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d3/DUCT.gif

No , I would not do that. not with electrick.
Leaving the brakers in and labeling them blank sounds good in this case.

perpetual98 04-02-2008 09:12 AM

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Originally Posted by ptcamaro (Post 113032)
No , I would not do that. not with electrick.

It was my April Fools joke of the day. :)

jrclen 04-02-2008 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by ptcamaro (Post 113032)
Leaving the brakers in and labeling them blank sounds good in this case.

Not to nitpick, but label them spare. That is a universal electrical term understood by the next guy who looks. :yes: Leaving them in is a good idea.


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