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rrolleston 03-09-2012 10:27 PM

Modify a breaker panel cover.
 
I am replacing a feed through breaker panel the bus bar and breaker was inverted but the main breaker is up and down with on being down and I also noticed that the plastic in the back that holds the bus bar is cracked.

I bought a newer model from the same manufacture that has a much better design and a better main breaker. But unlike the one I already have when you invert it the breaker slots don't line up and cover does not fit properly.

I was thinking about just cutting out the center where the breaker slots are. I measured and if I cut it just right all I have to do is turn it over and it will line up just have to bolt or weld it in place. Would this be legal

I also thought about putting the panel the way it came and feeding the bus bar hot and keeping the panel under the 6 throw rule. Or would that not work because I am using feed through. There will be 4 double pole breakers and the one main that feeds a sub panel.


I really hate the cheap design of this panel.

http://diysurvivalguide.com/gallery/...l_100_0510.JPG

I plan to replace it with this.

http://diysurvivalguide.com/gallery/...l_100_0519.JPG

a7ecorsair 03-10-2012 08:11 AM

Are you trying to use the old cover on the new panel?

Jim Port 03-10-2012 08:20 AM

I think I would just change out the whole panel. No need to rework the old cover or wonder if the inspector will approve it. Also the time and labor saved by not reworking the cover.

rrolleston 03-10-2012 08:41 AM

My plan is to change out the whole panel. I have the new panel and I can invert the bus but the cover won't fit after. I thought it would be like my current panel but not so lucky.

brric 03-10-2012 11:04 AM

Looks like a 1 hour change out with the small number of conductors entering the old panel. I am wondering how you got a 3r, non-reversible panel with a main in the wrong orientation.

Jim Port 03-10-2012 11:06 AM

Will the breaker operate so that up is on? If it operates horizontally you would flip the can and cover,

brric 03-10-2012 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Jim Port (Post 874709)
Will the breaker operate so that up is on? If it operates horizontally you would flip the can and cover,

Jim, how do you flip a 3r panel?

Jim Port 03-10-2012 11:12 AM

Did not look at it that close.

Wait, maybe the panel is meant for Australia?

brric 03-10-2012 11:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Jim Port (Post 874716)
Did not look at it that close.

Wait, maybe the panel is meant for Australia?

I guess you could flip it but the cover would be quite unhandy.

rrolleston 03-10-2012 01:06 PM

Seems I have to modify the breaker panel anyways when I put the Siemens interlock kit I need for my generator.

rrolleston 03-10-2012 01:25 PM

Only thing that sucks is I had the power turned on so I have to have the meter pulled to make the switch.

brric 03-10-2012 01:53 PM

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Originally Posted by rrolleston (Post 874793)
Only thing that sucks is I had the power turned on so I have to have the meter pulled to make the switch.

Don't know how it is in your area but we pull meters all the time to do service changes or modifications.

rrolleston 03-10-2012 02:43 PM

I will most likely pull it and then contact them and they just add a new seal. This meter socket is only about 12 years old and was just pulled to turn the power on so not much worry. I do worry when pulling those really old meters though.

Had to pull one to replace a main breaker in the middle of the night once. Safety shield and heavy rubber gloves with inserts and hope for the best.

Really hope I never have one fall apart on me.

brric 03-10-2012 05:02 PM

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Originally Posted by rrolleston (Post 874836)
I will most likely pull it and then contact them and they just add a new seal. This meter socket is only about 12 years old and was just pulled to turn the power on so not much worry. I do worry when pulling those really old meters though.

Had to pull one to replace a main breaker in the middle of the night once. Safety shield and heavy rubber gloves with inserts and hope for the best.

Really hope I never have one fall apart on me.

Surely you know to shed the building load before pulling the meter.

rrolleston 03-10-2012 05:59 PM

Yes I always make sure and double check with volt meter. Have had to turn off all breakers before when a main would not turned off.

Nothing plugged in there though so no draw.


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