Anyone know what this funky paddle in the middle of my load center is? It bends really easily, like it's lead or something...
I purchased a load center to put in my utility room. I am finishing the basement and was going to just run a 10 gauge from the main panel for an electric washer/dryer stacker outlet, but then I thought - "Hey, why not run 6 gauge and put in a little subpanel - then if I upgrade the furnace or add other things to the utility room I have the power for it."
So I bought this GE load center, I'm going to run 6/3 NM from the main panel on a 50A breaker, then put a 30A breaker in here for the dryer unit and have two spaces left over for future use.
First thing I noticed - no ground bar - so I went and bought a ground bar. Then I noticed this metal piece, and felt ignorant because I had no idea what it's for. And I don't want to possibly do something dumb by just ignoring it. I haven't seen anything like it in my bigger panels.