I want to change out an HOM 1-pole breaker with an HOMT 1-pole breaker.
(The HOMT is a tandem-type breaker that would add an additional circuit
breaker to accommodate an additional circuit in the single space.) However,
I cannot get the HOMT breaker to fully seat in the panel.
Is there any trick to getting the tandem breaker to seat? I have examined
the mating surfaces and I cannot see any difference in design that would
prevent full seating. I even tried plenty of force (which usually doesn't
let me down).
Thanks in advance.
This is Turtle.
Yea , Awwwww , You are putting the breaker in a spacer slot. Trade the breaker
for the one above it or the one below it and it should slip in there good. Move
it up slot up or down and it should fit.
The only time I really see this is When I put a 2 pole breaker in and will hit
the plastic spacer bar. The reason I say this you can be hitting the plastic
spacer bar even with a single in some cases.
Other than this try a bigger hammer.
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Don't know if it's the same on HOM panels, but on most of the QO
panels, only some of the slots will accept the tandem breakers, I
think to limit the maximum numbers of circuits in the box. Try a
The box may not be set up to accept tandem breakers in every slot. Look
toward the bottom of the panel the slots may look slightly different. This
is usually noted by say 28 position 32 circuit designation or similar
Depending on the panel model #, some Homeline panels won't accept any tandem
breakers. Other Homeline panels will only accept a limited number of
tandem breakers. For example, if the panel is a 30 space/40 circuit panel,
only the upper 10 slots will accept the tandem breakers. If the panel
accepts tandem breakers you'll will indeed see a difference in the bussbar
where the tandems can be installed. The tandem breakers have a shorter
slot opening than the regular breakers........that's why you can't force
them into a slot designed for a regular breaker.
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