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Can I remove a breaker from panel box cap the wires turn electric back on till I go get a new breaker.

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Yes, you can... preempt removal with a recheck that there is no power getting past the main breaker switch. I should have shut off the main circuit breaker as well. You see, I had a "situation" where as a Journeyman plumber, I started a water heater repair with turning off, just the electric water heater's 30 amp circuit breaker switch. when I went to replace the leaking water flex pipe on top of the tank, electricity threw me across the garage! What had happened was, the breaker panel's main copper ground wire, was loose where it was attached to the outdoor "ground spike" which is usually driven deep into the ground. The homeowner had been smaking it with his lawn mower for years and loosened the clamp. SO, when I was standing in the leaked water, and touched the pipe, I became the "main ground" for the house!! Very soon after, I purchased a "touchless" AC field tester. You just hold it close to the wire, even with insulation on it.
It will beep or turn on a light, to let you know if there is power or not.
They are great for finding electrical "breaks" inside of electrical wiring insulation too!!
Be sure to turn off any computers, or other electrical appliances, that might be harmed by a momentary "spike" in the power, when power is restored.

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You can but why not get a new breaker first. Once into the panel and you're done.

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Yes, you can.

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A circuit breaker can go bad, but usually not in the way that you describe. That's not to say that it can't happen, but just not typical. GTE Sylvania breakers were once popular - I installed quite a few GTE / Sylvania electrical panels in homes in the late 80's. You may have trouble finding replacements; do not put an breaker that "fits" into the panel, unless the breaker is designed for use in the panel you have.

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