After removing two circuit breakers and wires that used to supply a hottub,
what is the proper way to cover the slots in the panel? Are there dummy
"breakers" that cover both the slot (looks better for the homeowner) and the
hot bus (safer for the next person who service the panel)?
Right now I just removed the wires and put the two breakers back. But extra
breakers is probably non code compliant?
*It is okay to leave the circuit breakers in there. Just label them
"Spare". You can get specific panel knock out seals for your brand of panel
at an electrical supply company. I have also seen a few at Home Depot and
> But extra breakers is probably non code compliant?
I don't believe there'd be anything in the code requiring a person to
remove breakers that aren't being used, but I'd take them out if it wuz
Doing so makes it immediately obvious that those spaces aren't being
used. If you ever hire an electrician, he might not notice that there
aren't any wires going to those breakers, and end up putting new
breakers in somewhere else. This way, the electrician would realize
that those spaces are available and use them instead. And that's the
way I'd want it done if it were my house.
Home Depot sells what you want:
'Connecticut Electric Federal Pacific Filler Plate-VPKNCFS at The Home
Depot' (http://tinyurl.com/l7g9ydt )
I would hope that if a breaker was clearly marked as "Spare", any
electrician (or non-electrician) would realize that they are available for
use. At a minimum, I would hope that the marking would cause him/her to
give them a second look and notice that they were not wired.
I've dealt with many electricians both residential and industrial. If
one of them did not check when the breaker was marked "spare" he'd not
be working for me. Every single time they would take the cover off
and check inside. We have one panel that has 20 spares now than
everything used by the previous owner moved out. Our insurance
inspector notices in about 5 seconds so I imagine a good electrician
would be as quick.
They make covers that snap into the space in the panel cover where the breakers
used to be. Home Depot & Lowes carry them in their electrical departments.
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