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#98565 - 06/01/06 05:22 PM Do breakers need handles?
Dnkldorf Offline

Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1091
Loc: nowhere usa
I know this sounds strange, but where do I find information on why breakers need handles?

I know the question would arise on how you would lock them out, without handles, but I think I have that figued out. Where do I find this requirement?

UL listing?

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#98566 - 06/01/06 06:17 PM Re: Do breakers need handles?
Dave T Offline

Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 157
Loc: Waukesha, WI, USA
Mmmmmmmmmm, No Handle. no ability to reset and close the breaker. Then the breaker must be replaced when it trips.
Go with fuses as they are easier to replace.

#98567 - 06/01/06 07:02 PM Re: Do breakers need handles?
Elviscat Offline

Registered: 08/13/05
Posts: 214
Loc: Seattle Washington USA
well how about the old Pushmatic brand of circuit breaker, they didn't have handles...

#98568 - 06/01/06 08:01 PM Re: Do breakers need handles?
George Little Offline

Registered: 01/18/04
Posts: 1492
Loc: Michigan USA
I guess it depends too on your definition of a "circuit breaker". When I look up the definition in Article 100 I would say "No circuit breakers don't have to have handles". It could be a device that will be resetable by pushing a button.
George Little

#98569 - 06/02/06 09:25 AM Re: Do breakers need handles?
mkoloj Offline

Registered: 01/03/05
Posts: 134
How about this circuit breaker?
It doesn't have a handle and it resets itself.

[This message has been edited by mkoloj (edited 06-02-2006).]

#98570 - 06/02/06 02:16 PM Re: Do breakers need handles?
Larry Fine Offline

Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 684
Loc: Richmond, VA
I bet it's rated only to 32v.
Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.

#98571 - 06/02/06 03:53 PM Re: Do breakers need handles?
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6791
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
Hmmm. thermal reset?? Forklift??

OK, Dave.....
You talking about 'big' breakers with removable leverage handles??? Or are you talking about 'small' cb's with toggle type handles??

NO, I'm not being a wise guy, and not because I owe you one; I just don't get your drift.

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#98572 - 06/03/06 04:36 AM Re: Do breakers need handles?
Dnkldorf Offline

Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1091
Loc: nowhere usa
John, I was pondering a thought that had to do with digital breakers, and using X-10 technology. I had the thought that a breaker had to have a handle for some reason..

I am thinking about a digital push button,(on-off) with a key for lock-out....

#98573 - 06/03/06 07:36 AM Re: Do breakers need handles?
iwire Offline

Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4343
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
Square D makes 'Power Link' breakers which are otherwise normal breakers but have the ability to open or close the circuit by remote means.

However the handle does not move, the remote opening and closing is done internally.

I can not imagine that in the near future we will be seeing 'handless' breakers.

To many accessibility issues along with tradition.
Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician

#98574 - 06/03/06 12:53 PM Re: Do breakers need handles?
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Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 5305
Loc: Blue Collar Country
if memory serves me right, UL standards require that a breaker have some means of indicating a trip, as well as re-setting it. As another mentioned, there are breakers that use a push-button for this, rather than a handle.

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