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How to Make Room for a Two Pole Circuit Breaker


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Make Room in a Panel for a 2-Pole Circuit Breaker: Making Room for a Full Size 2-Pole Breaker, Hot Tub Circuit Breaker.

Adding a 2-Pole Circuit Breaker

Electrical Question: I am installing electrical wiring for a hot tub for my friend and I know they need a 50 amp two pole circuit breaker number and #6 AWG wire.

Thank you.

This electrical question came from: Jessie, a Student from Johnston Rhode Island
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Jessie.

Installing a 2-Pole Circuit Breaker

Application: Installing a 2-Pole 240 Volt Circuit Breaker.
Skill Level: Advanced – Licensed Electrical Contractor, Not Recommended for Homeowners.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools, voltage tester and protective safety gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the make and model of the panel and the condition of the existing electrical circuit breakers and wiring methods.
Precaution: For safety the main circuit breaker should be turned off or any other disconnect means that would deenergize the panel before replacing a circuit breaker, however turning off the main circuit breaker may not deenergize all of the areas of the panel components and wiring. This is an extensive project that requires experience and should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Notice: Making changes to an electrical panel or adding electrical circuit wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

How to Make Room in a Panel for a 2-Pole Circuit Breaker

NOTE: This Process Will Depend on the Electrical Panel, the Size, and Specifications

EXAMPLE:

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