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Old 11-01-2010, 11:03 AM  
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Default Trading Fat(large) breaker for skinny Dual

Forgive my terminology. Is it acceptable to replace one of the large breakers (fuse) for one of the smaller dual breakers if I need to expand my fuse box for additional wiring. Is this something considered ok for a long term need. thanks.

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Old 11-01-2010, 11:20 AM  
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Thats what they make them for, and it good for long term. Just ask for
piggy back breakers. The only thing you have to watch is, don't over amp
your service or you will be snapping off your main breaker. Later Paul

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Old 11-01-2010, 12:46 PM  
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It's also good to try to balance the loads/breakers from one side to the other.
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:27 PM  
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There is no point in balancing from one side the other. The buses alternate down each side of the panel.
Your panel has to be able to accept the tandem breakers. Not all panels will accept them.
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