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thornton0715 11-08-2011 06:03 AM

Home Electrical Panel Main
 
The electrical panel in my house does not have a main breaker installed in it. My house is only 5 years old and some how passed the local county code as well as a home inspector I hired. My question is it common to not have one in the panel and is that something I could do myself. I am pretty competent with electrical work. Thanks.

Just Bill 11-08-2011 06:12 AM

I have heard of areas that do not require a main breaker, mind boggling!!! Others may chime in, but I see the best fix(not least expensive) as replacing the panel.

jbfan 11-08-2011 06:13 AM

Do you have a main disconnect outside near the meter?
If you do, you are good to go.

Speedy Petey 11-08-2011 06:15 AM

I guarantee you have a main breaker somewhere.

kbsparky 11-08-2011 08:47 AM

You do not need a main breaker in your load center if there is a service disconnecting means at your premises.

Look at the meter: Is there a combination box with a breaker in it, or separate disconnect enclosure adjacent to the meter?

md2lgyk 11-08-2011 08:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kbsparky (Post 766499)
You do not need a main breaker in your load center if there is a service disconnecting means at your premises.

Look at the meter: Is there a combination box with a breaker in it, or separate disconnect enclosure adjacent to the meter?

This is what I have. I don't know the exact code requirement as I'm not a pro, but I think a disconnect at the meter is required if the cable from the meter to your load center is over a certain length.


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