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#69898 - 09/23/06 11:33 AM Load panel recommendation  
Louis1014  Offline
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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 11:38 AM Re: Load panel recommendation  
Tom  Offline
Joined: Jan 2001
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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.

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

#69900 - 09/23/06 02:53 PM Re: Load panel recommendation  
ShockMe77  Offline
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Rahway, New Jersey
I second the Square D, QO 200 amp main breaker panel.

#69901 - 09/23/06 03:44 PM Re: Load panel recommendation  
iwire  Offline
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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 06:47 PM Re: Load panel recommendation  
JBD  Offline
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Square D offers a lifetime warranty on the residential installations of QO and Homeline.

#69903 - 09/23/06 07:02 PM Re: Load panel recommendation  
Jps1006  Offline
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Posts: 615
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 10:34 PM Re: Load panel recommendation  
SolarPowered  Offline
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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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