Nexus 7, you've been a big help and I appreciate your responses. How does
one find out if a replacement breaker is designed specifically for my box?
Is matching appearance of a new one with the one I'm taking out adequate
and/or will the electrical store clerk also know about the design as well as
the size and fix me up once he sees what needs replacing. Or, is there
something on the box itself that labels it and tells me what exact box it is
and therefore what to get. If the latter, I hope it's prominently labelled
on the box!.
I promise I won't keep bothering you too much more!!!
You can take your failed breaker, and whatever information is on the
box from labels, logos, etc. with you when you go to the store. Knowing
only the probable age of the box, you're unlikely to find the breaker
at the local Home Depot. Even if they do have it, it is unlikely that
you will find a store employee who can authoritatively tell you that
the breaker will work with your box. In that situation, you going to
have to go to an electrical supply store or hire an electrician. Now it
may turn out that the box was replaced subsequently, or it is a GE or
something that is still around, and you find a drop-in replacement for
it. So go ahead and look for it. Just don't pop it in until you're sure
it is made for the box.
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