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Old 08-30-2009, 12:57 PM   #16
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Whoa. What? Really? Were counterfeits ruled out?

See, this just disturbs me, because I have a perfectly functional GE panel in my shop, and have pretty much decided on replacing the hokey over-stuffed Bryant panel in my house with a GE panel. It just makes sense for me to stick to one brand on the property for maintenance reasons.

I haven't done a lot of load center installations, but I'd bet I have done more than most other DIY guys. Aside from one CH that I installed several years ago, I have used GE panels exclusively. Maybe I'm missing something, but they seemed like a good value. Copper bars, no one complaining about them starting fires, and they can be easily found in white, which looks a lot better in a living space than grey.

Just when I think I know what works for me, someone comes along and says something that makes me question my decisions.
Why question your decisions? I have installed more GE panels than I can count. While they may not be the Rolex of panels. I have no problem using them. And have never had any problem with them. It's a perception to a degree. Some electricians use nothing but GE. Some supply house's sell GE exclusively. My service panel and sub panel at home are GE.
GE makes some fine products and panels are one of them.

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Old 08-30-2009, 01:09 PM   #17
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Didn't know G.E. made a Beaker Panel, in a white color. Great, to bad
the other MFG. don't offer the same.

Can you point in the direction were I could locate their product with
a e-mail link. Any how, thanks for the information.
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Old 08-30-2009, 01:46 PM   #18
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Many brands have white trims optional. I've seen white trims on Homeline by Square D, Cutler-Hammer BR series, and even on Siemens panels.
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Old 08-30-2009, 02:17 PM   #19
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Yes I have to, but all the covers were paint over, in white.

How do order the cover in white, from the other MFG's.

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Old 08-30-2009, 05:18 PM   #20
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Why question your decisions? I have installed more GE panels than I can count. While they may not be the Rolex of panels. I have no problem using them. And have never had any problem with them. It's a perception to a degree. Some electricians use nothing but GE. Some supply house's sell GE exclusively. My service panel and sub panel at home are GE.
GE makes some fine products and panels are one of them.
Point taken. I guess I'll relax. I think that post was the one and only instance I have seen where anyone had anything bad to say about GE panels, and I was just shocked.


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Yes I have to, but all the covers were paint over, in white.

How do order the cover in white, from the other MFG's.

THANKS!
I've heard that others offer panels with the baked-on factory white finish, but I sure couldn't ever get one in my grubby little paws. At the time, two electrical supply houses told me they could not get them, despite the fact that they had part numbers in the catalogues. It's been a while, so I can't say for sure which two brands suffered that problem.

At the time, Lowe's, of all places, were selling the GE Powermark Gold 200Amp load centers in brite and shiny white with a buttload of breakers right off of the shelf. No special orders required, just walk in and pick it up. In the utility room that I installed it in, it completely vanished in to the wall so well that I would happily put another one right in a living space. It's that much better than a dull gray box, and way better than any box that has been rolled over with latex wall paint.

Last year when we closed on our house, I stopped by Lowe's to see if they still sold them, and they did. It was even about $20 cheaper than they were a few years ago.
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I got to go to Lowe's, and check this out. Thnak for the info!
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I got to go to Lowe's, and check this out. Thnak for the info!
No problem.

Let me know if they still have them in store. I'm guessing they will, but you never know. I can't seem to find them on their website.

Wait... Nevermind. It's on the site, but I passed over it the first few times because it's a black and white stock photo, so it looks grey. Oops.

Model number TM3220CCU5KW is a 32 circuit 40 space 200Awith a white panel. That's the one I used a few years back.

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