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Old 12-17-2012, 02:57 PM  
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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?

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Old 12-17-2012, 04:02 PM  
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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.


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Thanks, I was also told from a few people to stay away from the tandem breakers, do you feel the same way?
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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.
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While you're at it, you may want to check if you have split bus panel
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...9QEwAw&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.
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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
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Split bus is old technology. You will not likely find a new one that is a split bus.
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Going in circles. Wuzzat; that might explain a lot.
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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.
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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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