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Old 11-30-2009, 08:53 PM   #1
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I bought a ge TLM612 sub panel. The breaker bus does not allow breakers in the #6&8 positions. I need the full 16 circuits. Does anyone know if that breaker bus can be exchanged for another type that will let me use all 16 circuits????

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You need the GE "thin" breakers. That's what the 6 & 12 is for in the model number.

Don't go changing the buss bar, get the right breakers.

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I bought a ge TLM612 sub panel. The breaker bus does not allow breakers in the #6&8 positions. I need the full 16 circuits. Does anyone know if that breaker bus can be exchanged for another type that will let me use all 16 circuits????
you don't have a full 16 circuits available. You only have 12. that is what the model designation means. there are 6 spaces and if you use doubles in each of them, you have 12 circuits available. That's it.

the two you want to put a breaker into are not made to accept a breaker.

if you want more circuits, you need to buy a larger panel.
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The problem is that with this breaker buss the manufacturer has made it so you can not put breakers in the 6 or 8 slots, that would be the last two on the right side. It does not matter if you use regular or 1/2 size breakers. Why would the manufacturer block out two slots? That is why I thought you might be able to get another breaker buss.
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Spend 30 bucks and get a proper panel.
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Thanks nap, Why would the cardboard box it came in say 8 or 16 circuits, maybe a packaging error??? I don't understand the panel box itself is still just a metal box like any other...why can't a different buss for breakers go in it or do they not make such a critter. Seems wierd to me.
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Thanks nap, Why would the cardboard box it came in say 8 or 16 circuits, maybe a packaging error??? I don't understand the panel box itself is still just a metal box like any other...why can't a different buss for breakers go in it or do they not make such a critter. Seems wierd to me.
sounds like it was boxed wrong.

go to this site and to page 18 (20 on the pdf reader page read out). On the right, they will show you the layout for the 612 panel.

I don't even see an 816 panel. I saw an 812 though.

http://www.geindustrial.com/publibra...CDET-222%7CPDF

if you notice, there is a legend at the top of that page. Light breaker spaces are for 1" breakers only and the darkened spaces can use 2- 1/2" breakers


if you remove the bus, unless you had one made specifically for that tub, it would not be UL listed and as such, you could not use it.

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Thanks again I guess it's the 812 box I need. There has to be something with the buss metal thickness. Oh well it's still wierd to me.
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Thanks again I guess it's the 812 box I need. There has to be something with the buss metal thickness. Oh well it's still wierd to me.
I though you said you need 16 circuits. That means you have to have a model with a 16 (at least) in there somewhere. An 812 is still only 12 circuits.

Square D does this as well but they just set it so the bottom 2 spaces are not usable rather than the odd configuration of the 2 on one side. It is quite misleading to see the knock outs for the breakers and not have the bus behind them to be usable.

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