Originally Posted by busman
[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.
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!
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