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Is anyone familiar with the Eaton BRP30B200 main panel? Does it normally have space for tandems w/ rejection tabs? There are 30 spaces and the literature I found online said it accepts 60 circuits, but none of the stabs are notched for CTL tandems.
Long version: I need space for a 50-amp breaker for a 14-50 outlet and thought it would be easy to combine some 20-amp circuits onto tandems to create it. Picked up standard CTL's at Menards with rejection tabs. Opened up the panel, removed the bottom 4 breakers, but they didn't have "notched" areas to accept the tandems w/ tabs. Then proceeded to remove every single breaker on both sides, and none have notched insertion points. This is a really new home (under 1 year), and the electrician who did the work during construction used a couple 15-amp tandems. I Googled the part (BR1515), and they're the NON-CTL type that come from the factory without tabs. I thought those were against code and only supposed to be used as replacements in old panels, but maybe I'm wrong. Am I missing something? Is my panel already maxed out (and possibly overloaded by the original electrician), or should I go buy some 20-amp non-CTL breakers? Or something totally different?
Hope this makes sense. I'm obviously not a pro -- just a homeowner -- so I appreciate any help.
 

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The non-ctl breakers should not have been used in your panel. Based on the model number it does not look like tandems are allowed.
 

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The non-ctl breakers should not have been used in your panel. Based on the model number it does not look like tandems are allowed.
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply! I posted this question all over the internet, and I got a reply from an electrician elsewhere who said he contacted Eaton about this exact issue and was told the non-CTL (non-rejection feature) tandems are suitable for use in plug-on neutral load centers like mine. I was confused because I pulled out the tandems currently installed and saw that even Eaton continues placing the warning labels on them indicating, "For Replacement Only." But the person on the other site posted a screenshot of the email from an Eaton "Technical Support Engineer" with a note that clearly indicates that the non-CTL (BR series) tandems are fine to use. Weird and vexing!
 
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