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peterthomas3 01-23-2010 12:49 PM

Where can Pushmatic breakers be bought?
 
I have an older home with a Pushmatic breaker box and pushmatic berakers. One 20amp single pole went bad. Can I replace it or do I have to get the whole box redone?:(

journeymanj 01-23-2010 12:57 PM

you should be able to get them at your local electric supply house, or online. http://www.aplussupply.com/break/push/push.htm

kbsparky 01-23-2010 01:00 PM

You won't find these at your local blue or orange home centers. But most any wholesale house will either stock them, or know where to get `em.

They ain't cheap, however.

wirenut1110 01-23-2010 01:37 PM

If you can't find them locally, you can find them here

Stubbie 01-23-2010 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by peterthomas3 (Post 387595)
I have an older home with a Pushmatic breaker box and pushmatic berakers. One 20amp single pole went bad. Can I replace it or do I have to get the whole box redone?:(

One word of caution pushmatic breakers are bolt on and you may not have a way to remove power from the breaker bus ... my point is ... you need to stay focused whether you have insulated tools or not when you remove or install breakers in a pushmatic panel. This image is a pushmatic when 'Gould' owned the brand. the captive screw at the bottom right mounts directly to the exposed panel bus. So you want to keep your fingers off the shaft of a metal screw driver....:eek:
http://jjncj.com/blog/uploads/245_4565.jpg

plummen 01-23-2010 08:03 PM

i changed out an old panel with a truckload of pushmatics yesterday,how many doya want? :thumbsup:

spark plug 01-23-2010 08:55 PM

Stubbie (Poster #5) Speaking of being focused. I once blew a 100Amp. Main fuse, when the screwdriver slipped and made a nice, strong contact between the bus bar and the panel box. The screwdriver was embedded (welded to) in the panel box! Also, I think they were de listed by the UL:huh:!

plummen 01-23-2010 08:59 PM

i had a customer do that one time trying to save money.smoked the panel and wire up to the meter,he always calls me now! :laughing:

AndrewF 01-23-2010 11:06 PM

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Originally Posted by plummen (Post 387756)
i changed out an old panel with a truckload of pushmatics yesterday,how many doya want? :thumbsup:

I did the same thing too...all of them sitting in a bucket.

plummen 01-23-2010 11:22 PM

start your collection! :laughing: ive got tons of old fp and bulldog/pushmatic and other oddball breakers ive collected over the years cuz ya never know when somebodies gonna need something late at night or on a weekend.i install mostly sq d stuff so i keep lots of it in stock,i installed a cutler hammer br series panel today that customer supplied.must say i was unimpressed and will not reccomend them to anyone! :(

spark plug 01-24-2010 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by plummen (Post 387841)
start your collection! :laughing: ive got tons of old fp and bulldog/pushmatic and other oddball breakers ive collected over the years cuz ya never know when somebodies gonna need something late at night or on a weekend.i install mostly sq d stuff so i keep lots of it in stock,i installed a cutler hammer br series panel today that customer supplied.must say i was unimpressed and will not reccomend them to anyone! :(

I must disagree with you on the High quality (level of protection) by the CH breaker/s! They're on par with GE and Square D? A/O FPE! We hope and pray that the quality of SD stays at the present level, because I was a big believer in FPE and I got sorely disappointed!:(!

plummen 01-24-2010 09:58 PM

the overall construction of the panel itself and the fact the breakers fit really lose is what im referring to,i never had a problem with the old style tan ch breakers with the hook that held them in place.

Dale Hackbarth 11-27-2012 06:45 PM

Pushmatic breakers needed
 
It sounds like everyone has extra Pushmatic breakers except for me.:wink: I have a few townhouses and they all have the Pushmatic breakers. They are all to the point to where they are getting tired and in need of replacement. As of right now I could use 3 15/15's 7 15/20's & 2 20/20's any good ones out there to spare???:thumbup:

Jim Port 11-27-2012 07:01 PM

You can purchase Pushmatics from suppliers that specialize in obsolete breakers.

AndrewF 12-03-2012 09:55 AM

I pitched all mine when I updated the panel 2 years ago. I just did not like the panel humming noises and the crappy wiring job of whomever installed it 3 decades ago.


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