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stosh1031

07:26AM | 10/19/04
Member Since: 10/18/04
3 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I am installing a hot tub, problem 1 my breaker box is full, problem 2, I am being told that there are no piggy back breakers for this box. Problem 3 I am being told that a 100 amp breaker will not work in this box to run a sub panel. Problem 4, the kill switch is located in the Panel therefore being told can not change the box out for a more current one without contacting the Electrical Company to cut off the power and an inspector to verify

My box is a Crouse Hines, it is about 15 years old


Tom O

07:50AM | 10/19/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
Stosh,

You made a lot of statements, but didn't ask any questions..

If the advice you received is correct, then you need to change your service or at least go to a breaker box that has room for more breakers.

I can't tell how familiar you are with wiring, so maybe the best advice I can give you is to call an electrical contractor. Otherwise, come up with some specific questions and maybe we can help you out. Keep in mind that you may get referred to the experts section of this bulletin board per the statement on the main BBS page.

Tom

stosh1031

07:30AM | 10/20/04
Member Since: 10/18/04
3 lifetime posts
My brother is an electrician he is flying in Nov 5 to do the work. these are the problems that he, Is anyone fimiliar with the Crouse Hines breaker box enough to know if a 100 amp breaker will work or will it eventually burn out or whatever problem it may cause. I currently have an 80 amp for the ac/heat

Tom O

01:18PM | 10/21/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
It's hard to tell the players without a scorecard. I think the Crouse Hinds breaker line was bought out by Murray (not too sure, there have been way to many takeovers & mergers).

With that in mind, if you can get your hands on a 2 pole 100 amp breaker for this panel, there is no reason that I can think of that would cause pre-mature failure if you use the correct breaker. Look at all the stickers inside the panel and on the door trim. You should find a listing of acceptable catalog numbers.

If you have trouble getting the right breaker locally, you might try the internet for suppliers that carry obsolete or hard to find circuit breakers.

Tom

stosh1031

05:26AM | 10/22/04
Member Since: 10/18/04
3 lifetime posts
what would the difference be between the MP2100 $35 and MP3100 $80 100 amp. Both breakers made by Murray

Tom O

04:42PM | 10/22/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
Without having a catalog in hand, I would say that the MP2100 is a 2 pole 100 amp breaker and the MP3100 is a 3 pole breaker. Since almost all houses are served with single phase, I'd guess that the breaker you need is the MP2100.

Tom
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