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drewdin 12-17-2012 02:57 PM

basic electrical panel question
I have a quick easy question for you, when looking at load centers they state they are 12 circuit 6 space.

Does this mean that I can put six breakers in now but can be expanded to a total of 12?


JoeD 12-17-2012 04:02 PM

It means you can 6 regular size breakers or 6 tandem or mini breakers that are actually two breakers in one or any combination of them.

drewdin 12-20-2012 07:24 AM

Thanks, I was also told from a few people to stay away from the tandem breakers, do you feel the same way?

JoeD 12-20-2012 09:34 AM

If the panel is rated to accept them and you use the proper ones for the panel I don't see any issues. I would use them.

Wuzzat? 12-20-2012 09:54 AM

While you're at it, you may want to check if you have split bus panel bnw=124&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dsplit%2Bbus%2Bpanel%26tbm%3Disch%26tb o%3Du&zoom=1&q=split+bus+panel&usg=__AvJujEXnukqcW _YcqMd8Zg5wWT4=&docid=haIdlSilSkL70M&sa=X&ei=PULTU P-dCqTO0QG3mIG4BA&ved=0CD0Q9QEwAw&dur=123

My breakers are not coordinated and this kind of panel wiring had me going in circles while half the house was without power.

drewdin 12-20-2012 11:59 AM

Thanks for the tip, im in the process of buying a 24-12 100 amp Square D panel, I'll make sure I check if it is split bus

JoeD 12-20-2012 05:15 PM

Split bus is old technology. You will not likely find a new one that is a split bus.

nealtw 12-20-2012 05:40 PM

Going in circles. Wuzzat; that might explain a lot.

Wuzzat? 12-21-2012 10:04 AM


Originally Posted by JoeD (Post 81288)
Split bus is old technology. You will not likely find a new one that is a split bus.

Yes, my panel is from '71. I should hang around elec. supply houses more often.

drewdin 01-02-2013 07:57 AM

another basic question, do breakers have to be split across the panel, ie... in order 1, 2, 3, etc.. or can I just go doen one side and use spots 2, 4, 6, 8? Thanks

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