I own a house built around 1959. It has a Frank Adam circuit breaker panel, with NO main breaker to turn off everything in the house. I think the circuit panel is 100 Amp service, I may be wrong. I also think it is a split-bus, but I may be wrong. The breakers may be numbered incorrectly by previous owner. See pictures and diagram below. http://home.rochester.rr.com/hosie/frank/index.htm
1 - 30 Amp for Oven 11 - Other half for Stove
2 - Other half for Oven 12 - 30 Amp for Stove/cook top
* - Red from Elec Meter * - Black from Elec Meter
3 - 40 Amp for Dryer 13- Other half of sub-main
4 - Other half for Dryer 14 - 50 Amp sub-main for all 12 breakers below
* - Red from 14 * - Black from 13
5 - 20 Amp 15 - 15 Amp
6 - 15 Amp 16 - 20 Amp
7 - 20 Amp 17 - 15 Amp
8 - 20 Amp 18 - 20 Amp
9 - 15 Amp , 19 - 20 Amp
My question is can I replace the 30 Amp breaker in 1 & 2 with a 50 Amp breaker for a new kitchen range?
I would also run about 50 feet of Waterson/Hammock AWG 6 with AWG 10 ground, that contains Red, White, Black and ground wires. From the new 50 Amp breaker to a new surface mount 50A 125/250VAC 3-Pole, 4 wire, Range outlet.
I will remove (if needed) the 30 Amp breaker in 11 & 12. I will also pull out of the panel the old wires that went from 1 & 2 and 11 & 12 to the old oven and stove.
If there is no way for me to turn off the power to the upper breakers, than how do I replace the breaker with out killing myself?
Can I just remove the wires that went from 1 & 2 and 11 & 12 to the old oven and stove, and leave the 30 Amp breaker in but turned off?
Does it matter which half of the 50 Amp breaker I hook the Red and Black wires to?