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Tandem Breakers Attempting to install a mech interlock kit for my home & will need to relocate 2 15amp breakers to do so. Question is can I combine by installing a tandem 15amp breaker instead. If so, where should the tandem be installed on the panel?

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The use of 2 15amp breakers first had meaning. If you can relocate with one tandem 15 amp it means that there will be no protection cuase the tandem tripping point does not count.

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if its a 100 amp panel only 5- 20 amp breakers, if its a 200 amp panel 10- 20amp breakers

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If the breakers are 20 amp and the panel is rated at 100 amps, only 5 breakers. if the panel is 200 amp, only 10, 20 amp breakers and so on

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There is the National Electrical Code rule and the rule applied by your local municipality. To be on the safe side, you should check with your local municipality. The 2005 NEC called for protection on outlets in bedrooms only, but the 2008 version calls for many other rooms to be protected. Again, it depends on what your municipality wants in the way of protection. At a minimum I would believe all outlets for bedrooms should be covered.

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There have been many problems with these breakers... with this type of problem being common, but not the only problem...
Sometimes the breakers will not reset for no reason at all...other times there may be a problem, and that will be hard track down...
There are a few things that I would do to get to the bottom of the problem...

First option may be to buy a new breaker and see if it works....if it works the old ones are bad...simple...

Or... unhook the black wires from the back of the breakers and see if they will stay on...if so then rehook the black wires one by one and turn on the breaker till you find the bad circuit that is causing them all to trip...this will be time consuming, but may be necessary in either case...

Also check that all white wires to the breakers are hooked properly and the screws are tight...


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Where can i get a generator interlock kit

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I have 110 volts n each leg but not 220 across both why??

In a traditional North American residential electrical panel (120/240 volt, single phase), installing a single width or single pole circuit breaker, you would expect to read 120 volts from the breaker terminal screw to either ground or neutral. A double width or double pole breaker would provide 120 volts from either of the breaker terminal screws to ground or neutral AND it will provide 240 volts BETWEEN the TWO breaker terminals.

A single-width circuit breaker case that contains two handles is NOT a two pole circuit breaker (these are called "tandem" or "1/2 size" breakers). This is because a single width breaker engages only one "line" in the panel. A double width breaker will engage 2 "lines" as a triple width breaker would engage 3 "lines" of a 3 phase panel. A single wide breaker can not physically engage more than 1 "line" so it will never be able to pass 240 volts.

You must install a double width / double pole breaker to safely supply a 240 volt circuit / device.

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Can a tandem breaker fail in a way that the two circuits are tied together somehow within the breaker?

If these tandem breakers are the separate 1/2 height breakers in the space of a normal breaker, then no, they can't fail internally to cause what you are describing. But if you have the kind that are permanently stuck together, then I can't say. But here is a simple test: Use a meter or a test light to confirm at the breaker terminals that turning off either one of the breakers still gives you power at both breaker output terminals. Now turn off BOTH breakers, and disconnect one output wire (being careful that the loose wire isn't going to touch somehting!), then turn on the breaker that still has an output wire connected - if the loose wire is live then you have a wiring error where both circuits are connected together downstream. If that is the case, then it may have been intentional as a way to "fix" a frequently tripping breaker by giving it a second chance each time it tripped! (This is a pretty far-fetched idea, but it may give you something to think about!) If it was me, I would just replace the tandem pair with a single breaker and put both of the output wires together on the single breaker.
Good luck! Be careful.

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Can I use siemens tandem qt breaker in g3030mb1200 panel

No. your panel is designed for full size circuit breakers. Check the label inside the panel and it will tell you what style circuit breakers are allowed.

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Ok, I have a half size GE 30 amp tandem breaker I want to install in place of a full size breaker to make room in my box. If I move it down one opening it will fit in, but not in the origional place of the...

Yes, but you should put in another half size breaker even if you don't use it so that you don't leave a hole in the front panel, unless you can find a half-size cover instead. I am puzzled about why the half-size breaker won't fit in the original spot. Maybe you are replacing a pair of full-size breakers that are linked together to provide 220V? If that is the case DO NOT replace these with half size breakers. Good luck.

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I am installing a 330A 220v QO in my sub panel in the garage. Does the top clips have to connect to the metal strips on top. I noticed the opening on the end just has a plastic peg.

A Square D QOABB is a QO style circuit breaker, as determined by the "QO". A represents the number of poles; and can be 1, 2 or 3. This number also represent the number of spaces it requires in the panel (NOT the cover). "BB" represents the Amp rating of the handle. Common values are 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, and beyond. A Square D QO3100 (3Pole 100A) is pictured below:


A Square D QOTXXYY is a tandem circuit breaker. "T" represents Tandem. "XX" is the amp rating of one handle and "YY" is the amp rating of the second handle. It occupies one singe slot in the panel (again, NOT the cover). It look like this QOT2020 (A single pole breaker with tandem 20 amp handles) below:

The clip under terminal screws engages the panel's "rail", and the other clip(s) must engage the panel's powered bus or "metal" strips as you called them. If you are installing a QO230, BOTH clips MUST engage. If only one engages, you will only have 120 Volts to ground, and may not be able to put the panel cover on.

I hope this helps and good luck!

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Plastic clips that hold breaker in broke off

1) If this is for main breaker, then replacement is only option.

2) If this is for 120V or 240V breaker, then move breakers around so you can make space by adding tandem breaker(s) if available.

3) You can also make space by doubling lesser used circuit onto one breaker, making sure that 14 gauge wire goes on size 15A breaker and 12 gauge wire goes on 20A breaker.

4) You can work around by adding adding subpanel

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Major cirsuit breaker blew and partial loss of power in residential home bus port still good? Looks good. replaced breaker and working again..will this last?

1) If busbar looks good it probably is good.
Usually when bus is bad, it has burned appearance, and looks like it is ready to crumble or is crumbling.

2) Problem with bad busbar, we sometimes add subpanel next to main box.
Buy subpanel box Home center or electric supply.
Square-D subpanel shown on following page came from electric supply.

3) You can also add tandem breaker to main box.
Tandem breaker fits over one bus finger, but is actually two separate breakers.
Then double-up two lightly used circuits so you have room to move breakers around.
See image showing tandem.

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What type circuit breakers can be used in a 125A Siemens load ctr

Circuit breakers for most residential applications like your load center are not specific to a manufacturer, you only have to get the same "form factor" as the box uses. Most often one end of the breaker clips into a slot on the box and the other end (the one with the metal part) slides into a rail that's electrified. You can probably use whatever breaker you see at Lowes or Home Depot.


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