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rebelbull 01-18-2012 01:33 PM

replacing main breaker box
 
i have to replace main breaker box and was wondering if i can use a QO Panel Circuit Breaker or do i have to use the box that has main breaker in it?

here is the one im wonderinf if i can use http://sutherlands.com/products/product.php?item=665786
or do i have to use one of these

http://sutherlands.com/products/product.php?item=741256

Julius793 01-18-2012 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rebelbull
i have to replace main breaker box and was wondering if i can use a QO Panel Circuit Breaker or do i have to use the box that has main breaker in it?

here is the one im wonderinf if i can use http://sutherlands.com/products/product.php?item=665786
or do i have to use one of these

http://sutherlands.com/products/product.php?item=741256

The second link, you need a main unless you happen to have one already.

rebelbull 01-18-2012 01:45 PM

but why do i need a main the one im replacing does not have one?

Julius793 01-18-2012 01:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rebelbull
but why do i need a main the one im replacing does not have one?

Ok is there a main next to the meter?

TarheelTerp 01-18-2012 01:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rebelbull (Post 826818)
but why do i need a main...

so you can turn everything off at once

rebelbull 01-18-2012 02:02 PM

im not sure, but by code do you have to have one?

Julius793 01-18-2012 02:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rebelbull
im not sure, but by code do you have to have one?

Yes, why dont you send us some pictures of the panel and meter

joecaption 01-18-2012 02:10 PM

By the questions your having to ask you should not be messing with this, hire a real electricion.

zappa 01-18-2012 02:20 PM

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Originally Posted by rebelbull (Post 826844)
im not sure, but by code do you have to have one?

To maybe answer your question about why you don't have a main breaker. If your area uses the NEC they allow up to 6 breakers (or switching motions) without a main. If I were replacing a panel I would want a main breaker so I wouldn't be limited in the future.


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