You're probably not looking at a cutler hammer replacement for a cutler
hammer, but a cutler hammer replacement for a Federal Pacific or Square
D some other company.
Try a different (better) supply house.
Open a Google window, click images, and trype "CUTLER HAMMER 20" in the
search window. The 4th picture down on the left is a true cutler hammer
Get some professional help, by visiting your local supply shop. With
giving them information about your panel (age, number, etc) they
should find you the proper breakers for your panel.
tom @ www.Consolidated-Loans.info
The local supply shop is 30 minutes away and closes before I get out of
work, so I was trying to find one at a local hardware store or even
online. I knew my Panel would be a problem. I lost the Main Circuit
breaker last fall (2005) and after searching only one Supply house was
able to get a replacement but it took two days for them to get it.
I help people with home improvements, I say help since I manage to
forge to ask for a market rate for my work, eventhough I carry
insurances, etc. So I'm very biased. If your electrical system is
giving you problems, you might think about updating. When I say
updating, I mean upgrading the panel, the grounding/bonding, and maybe
Like I said, I'm biased to getting stuff fixed. ;) Oh, I like
Square-D QO products. Replacement parts are readily available, and
long history of good quality.
This may be of some help to you. The old CH breakers have a metal clip to
attach to the panel rail, and the new ones have a plastic clip, but other
than that are pretty much the same. The problem panels if I'm remembering
correctly have a two piece heavy steel cover. Four screws in the face, then
four more screws in the bottom plate. If you don't have a cover like this, I
think you'll be OK
I ran across an old Cutler-Hammer circuit breaker panel several months ago.
It had 200 amp fuses (Single phase)for a main and the copper bus for the
circuit breakers had a protruding round copper stud approximately 3/8" in
diameter that the CH circuit breakers were biting on. I don't think that
these were the proper circuit breakers for this particular panel as the CH
breakers did not seem to hold too well on to the bus. Unfortunately there
was no labeling in the panel so I was not able to find out what breakers
actually belonged in that panel. I remember that the panel cover was quite
heavy for a panel of this size and the inner cover to go over the circuit
breakers was missing.
That's like the dog I'm talking about, but mine had a main breaker. The main
went bad and I got a replacement CH panel, figuring I'd save the customer
some money and use the old breakers, but they wouldn't match up. Like you
describe, it had like copper pins sticking up for the breaker to snap on to.
I think this panel was from the 60's. I'm pretty sure his panel is new
enough that he won't have any breaker issues
Thanks I will give them a try. The cover is only one piece but it is
heavey. I found out I was wrong the House supposedly wasn't built
until 1970 (according to the deed). But the Panel has a date written of
June of 1969as being installed.
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