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I have a home built in the 50's. circuit breakers are pushmatic. 7 breakers on a side. The locking bar down the center will not allow me to replace 2 single pole breakers with double pole. It's for an electric dryer. What type of breaker can I use?

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You need to put in what we call a sub box. This should be done by a licensed electrician, but if you really want to do it yourself you will need a distribution box some wire and it has to be connected directly to your main lags from the meter box, this box will have a main breaker built into it and spaces for additional breakers, depending on your existing wiring the electrician might chose to wire the additional box directly to your meter base and not your existing box. Either way you really should seek local professional help on this project, just for your safety and to satisfy your home-owners insurance.

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Tim

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

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My Mom (86) has a bulldog panel with an intermittent 15 amp breaker. How do I remove it?? I was afraid of putting a screwdriver in between it and the main verticle strip (buss bar) and prying it out after...


The pushmatics get sticky more than trip when they shouldn't. Are you sure your Mom isn't just overloading that circuit? If so, changing the breaker or even changing the panel won't help.
Some Bulldog panels have the main breaker separte to the side of the branch circuit breakers - under the meter. I think some of them are designed so that you can de-energize the bus by turning of two of the top breakers, but I'm not sure.
You definitely shouldn't do this live. Have a meter to make sure it's not live when you do it. It would be very easy for your screwdriver to touch the bus bar and the metal frame at the same time.
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How do you replace one


It should tip out, probably from the center to the right or the left.

Did you purchase it yet? Your best bet is to go to a electric supply place, NOT THE BIG BOX PLACE, and as you purchase it, talk with the guy that is selling you the product.

You are replacing it in kind, right? Remember,it is the wire you are protecting -

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Not necessarily, if the buzzing stopped then its probably ok. When a circuit goes bad, either they fail to trip open, or will not reset to the on position

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Looking for 2 15amp single pole pushmatic circuit breakers.


A Google search for "15 amp pushmatic" turned up several links. Here's one for a retailer with new ones and an eBay store with cheaper prices (maybe pullouts):

http://www.aplussupply.com/break/push/push.htm

http://stores.ebay.com/Sparkys-Place_Pushmatic-Categories_W0QQfsubZ10975954

Did you also check the big-box stores like Home Depot or Lowe's or electric suppliers in your area?

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