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Old 06-30-2009, 10:29 PM   #16
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It might be completely full but there is usually room for one more.

Post a pic for a secons opinion.

We use Siemans panels but residential grade panels are pretty much the same.

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Old 07-01-2009, 10:12 AM   #17
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Old panel is Federal Pacific which I believe was installed when building was built in 1965. Place is going through extensive remodel and changing panel I believe is right way to do.

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Old 07-01-2009, 11:15 AM   #18
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I'm afraid you have one of the worst (probably the WORST) panels ever made. Stab-lok breakers are notorious for not tripping when they should (among other problems) and the "buss-stab" design made lousy contact. I hate to say it, but get that old POS replaced.

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Place is going through extensive remodel and changing panel I believe is right way to do
In a pinch, you could squeeze it in but, you are absolutely correct.
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[BTW. Just cause an electrician in slow times is telling you to install a new panel. That MAY not be the only option.] It all depends on what you have right now. If you have a modern loadcenter with a main CB, and you're just out of slots for breakers, you MIGHT be just as well off with a sub-panel fed from the existing loadcenter. There are too many variables for me to assess online, but I'd get a few opinions from LICENSED electrical contractors before proceeding. That's good advice no matter what the circumstances.


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IMHO the newly installed [thin] breakers are not inserted in the right slots (to supply 240v.) but the panel is designed to accept thin breakers, due to the fact that they fit into the panel instead of the orig. "thick" breaker. In the industrial panels (by GE, etc.) it's not possible to insert "thin" breakers!Don't Drink and Drive!!!
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Unless spec'd otherwise, I only install Square D. Costs a bit more but worth it, IMHO
Right on Brother!

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