Can anyone advise?
I wish to protect the input at a Westinghouse 230/115 volt sub panel/box
which can accommodate 10 breakers, through a 30 amp DP breaker. It will be
wired from a from a 30 amp breaker in the Square D main house panel about 40
feet away. Minimum 10 AWG IIRC.
Can I 'gang' two single pole 30 amp Westinghouse Quicklag - P type breakers
so that they become a DP 'input' breaker to this panel by joining through
existing/original holes in the 'handles'.
If not will buy proper 30 amp DP breaker to fit.
Would appreciate any input comments or advice.
This is done all of the time. But it is an violation of the newer electrical
codes. You can have one side to trip and the other to be hot. My old pool
pump was a perfect example. One side would trip and then other would still
be hot. Happened a lot until I replaced the wiring to the pool. There was an
low grade short in the conduit which had rusted and no longer carried the
ground current back to the panel. I replaced the breakers with an 2 pole
because the trip is internal and common to both poles. Off was indeed off
Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com ).
SQLT is correct. Code requires the double pole to be tied. In a pinch, old
timers would tie the two breaker handles together (a hole in each handle was
provided) using a nail or wire.
But, be safe. Spend the extra $20 and buy the correct breaker.
"SQLit" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
What is the deal with people just suggesting that others throw
away their hard-earned money in senseless fits of "safe" or "just
for..." or "go ahead anyway..."
What a total crock of shit!
ORIGINAL POSTER: You are correct! The two breakers CAN BE tied
together using the holes at the end of the handle and a piece of
stiff wire or nail, trimmed to the right length and secured in
place. Spend your $20 on something you NEED or WANT, not at the
advice of people like this.
The real Tom Pendergast [ So if you meet me, have some courtesy,
aka I-zheet M'drurz [ have some sympathy, and some taste.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.