I have an 18 yr old house with a 200 amp Bryant breaker box.
One of my breakers needs replacement. It's a Crouse-Hinds
thin 2 pole (1 inch thick). It's apparently a Challenger type
breaker with the contact prongs each side of the breaker.
One of the prongs has corroded and loses contact.
The breaker looks almost exactly like this one:
Question: Can't I just install a normal 2 inch wide
double pole breaker of the same amperage?
There's plenty of space on both side of the old
You could probably install 2 normal, 1" breakers in the twin breaker's stead.
Sometimes, a home with a 200a panel will have only "twin" style breakers in it
because that's what the old 100a panel was filled with at the time the service
If each pole of that old twin breaker has a black wire on it, feeding seperate
circuits without a shared neutral, then you can go ahead and use 2 individual
1-pole, !'' breakers. Using a 2" wide 2-pole breaker is only necessary if this
is a 220v load or a multi-wire circuit feeding devices with both circuits on
the same strap, which it shouldn't be because the single twin breaker shouldn't
have been feeding one single multi-wire circuit. But check out what each pole
is feeding first.
On 31 Dec 2003 10:23:42 GMT, email@example.com (HA HA Budys Here) wrote:
I would just replace the old breaker if I could find one....but these Challenger
styles are almost impossible to find locally. Yes each pole has it's own black
wire. One pole feeds 3 wall outlets in the den, and the other pole feeds 3 wall
outlets in the living room.
Impossible to find locally? Where the heck are you? I 've still got 2 milk
crates full of 'em just from changing panels (We always included brand new
breakers during service upgrades) and I on;ly did that kind of "jobbing" work
for a short time back in the late 80's.
Murray/Bryant compatible breakers are the single most common used in these
parts (Long Island NY) they're less than 10.00 off the shelf at the local Home
On 31 Dec 2003 22:34:48 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (HA HA Budys Here) wrote:
I'm in Garland Texas.
The "regular" sized breakers like the 1 inch singles and 2 in doubles are
easy to get. Home Depot, Lowes, and just about everyone has them.
It's this one funky 2 pole (1 inch wide) Challenger style breaker with
the side prongs that I can't find locally.
I did find a replacement online here:
But it would cost $30 with shipping.....plus I have to wait for delivery.
Kinda like to get it fixed quickly.
I'm fixin to head out and purchase a couple of single breakers.
I'll let you know how it works out.
Oh, didn't catch those side prongs. What the heck are they all about? Usually
the breakers, either 1" single or 1" "twin" (tandem - 2 circuits from 1 panel
slot) have a single slot in the back bottom centered.
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