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Old 02-10-2010, 11:54 AM   #16
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Procedure for replacing MAIN CIRCUIT BREAKER?


OK here is the deal.

to change out the Main Breaker in my area.......

I have to call the power company. They will pull the meter so I can replace the Breaker. They could stay or come back an hour later.

The person who priviosly replaced the breaker with a Square-D in a Murray box did that because that was all they had at the local Homedepot and he wanted to get the power back up. It has been fine for over a year now. Don't like the fact the one contact looks like its half way on!

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Old 02-10-2010, 11:59 AM   #17
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Ah...I thought that breaker looked a bit off in the last pic
Thought it was just the angle of the picture....guess not
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:24 PM   #18
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I wouldn't worry about the seal, but I wouldn't try to pull a meter from an old house myself, even in an emergency. There's a very non-zero chance that old bakelite or rusted metal in the base could just disintegrate and give you a nice free tan or worse.
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:42 PM   #19
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I doubt there is any corrosion on the terminals.

Even though I'm sure I could do it with protection but if the POCO will do it for free while I fix the breaker then I'll do it the legal way.

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Yup, have POCO pull the meter for you.

Some POCOs will fine the homeowner if they find the meter tag was cut and no permit was taken out for a service change.

I have not done this, but know someone who did....$125 later...
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Old 02-10-2010, 04:13 PM   #21
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So, what's holding that breaker in place. Back-fed circuit breakers are required to be mechanically fastened in place.

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Old 02-10-2010, 04:17 PM   #22
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It's an older Murray box. The breakers snap in to the terminals just like your regular breakers.

I see in the new load centers they are screwed to the box.


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