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#69898 - 09/23/06 08:33 AM Load panel recommendation
Louis1014 Offline
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Registered: 09/22/06
Posts: 1
Loc: Lansing, MI 48917
I am rewiring an older home I purchased a year ago. One hundred amp service. I am working with the contractor and the power company to bring 200A service to the load panel.

I will rewire it myself, having earned an electrician's license years ago as an elevator mechanic with Otis.

Question: Would appreciate your input as the best quality 200A main breaker load panel, 40 circuit spaces, cost is not an issue. Thank you for your professional opinions

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#69899 - 09/23/06 08:38 AM Re: Load panel recommendation
Tom Offline

Registered: 01/01/01
Posts: 1069
Loc: Shinnston, WV USA
Well, if cost is not an issue, I recommend either Square D or Cutler Hammer with bolt on circuit breakers. The wholesale cost with circuit breakers should be $800 to $900 for the Cutler Hammer, more for the Square D.

If that is too pricey, Square D QO or Cutler Hammer CH series. CH has lifetime warranty on the branch breakers & 15 year warranty on the main.
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#69900 - 09/23/06 11:53 AM Re: Load panel recommendation
ShockMe77 Offline

Registered: 06/11/05
Posts: 823
Loc: Rahway, New Jersey
I second the Square D, QO 200 amp main breaker panel.

#69901 - 09/23/06 12:44 PM Re: Load panel recommendation
iwire Offline

Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4343
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
I would go to the local big box store and take whatever brand has the best deal on a 'contractor pack'

That is exactly what I did for the panel in my own home.

If you don't break it installing it I see no reason it will not last a long time.

I can buy 4 replacement plug in panels for the price of a fancy bolt-on panel will cost me.

Not to say I don't like bolt-on I just do not see the need for it in a home panel.

[This message has been edited by iwire (edited 09-23-2006).]
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#69902 - 09/23/06 03:47 PM Re: Load panel recommendation
JBD Offline

Registered: 07/12/01
Posts: 599
Loc: WI, USA
Square D offers a lifetime warranty on the residential installations of QO and Homeline.

#69903 - 09/23/06 04:02 PM Re: Load panel recommendation
Jps1006 Offline

Registered: 01/22/04
Posts: 609
Loc: Northern IL
For the situation described Square D QO is most appropriate. The design & quality is above the competion. Bolt-on is better, just as an 18-wheel could be considered a better truck, but not really needed for a trip to the hardware store.

#69904 - 09/23/06 07:34 PM Re: Load panel recommendation
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Registered: 07/05/04
Posts: 615
Loc: Palo Alto, CA, USA
Tom, do they have AFCIs for any of the bolt-on panels? I've not noticed any available (except for plugging a QO AFCI into an NQOD panel), which would seem to be a problem for residential use of bolt-on panels.

[This message has been edited by SolarPowered (edited 09-23-2006).]


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