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Resettable circuit breaker on back panel of Curtis Model SPF-4P no longer holds in closed condition. Manually holding the breaker reset button depressed allows energizing Master Switch and through it any other peripheral outlets that are selected ON but only until the reset is released. Checked all internal fuses (3) good. Suspect the installed circuit breaker is failed but is the part available?

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  • brigantin540 Sep 06, 2010

    Would possibly have been of use, but had already found the equivalent 15A, 125V resettable breaker in the latest Newark Electronics catalog. At $2.44 plus postage, I'm certain Curtis would not have come close to matching the price.

    Thanks for your interest but this time my catalogs led me to the well.

    Chuckk

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Howdy, this is not the final solution, but here is the contact information for Curtis in the mean time. Still working on it:)
http://www.curtisint.com/support/support.asp?brand=CURTIS

Regards, Farmerbear

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