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Old 2/8/19, 6:14 PM
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Default A question for the sparkys.

First time questioner. I came across this Main disconnect today. As you can see on the left descriptions it is listed as 200 amperes. While the actual pole lists it as 30. Now I know that a home (with a pool) built in 1980 cannot possibly have just a 30 amp supply. But i could really use some clarity on this for my own education.





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Old 2/8/19, 6:53 PM
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Default Re: A question for the sparkys.

No clue, unless someone switched out the handle. Shouldn't say 30 on it.



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Old 2/8/19, 9:51 PM
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Default Re: A question for the sparkys.

I would say something is definitely wrong. Depending on your comfort level I would have stuck an amp meter on it to see what the reading was. I bet it would not be hard to show more than 30 Amos and the breaker not tripped. For sure write it up for an electrician to look at it.




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Old 2/8/19, 10:53 PM
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Default Re: A question for the sparkys.

That's a good one! Post it in the electrical section.



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Old 2/9/19, 6:42 PM
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Default Re: A question for the sparkys.

I cant help to think that this may be a sub panel. 30 Amps is way to low to run an entire home on normal consumption.



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Old 2/9/19, 7:17 PM
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Default Re: A question for the sparkys.

Needs further evaluation. Weird.



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Old 2/9/19, 8:31 PM
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Default Re: A question for the sparkys.

Hmmm... It is a 200A breaker, I don't doubt that part. Even if it was a 30A protecting the 4/0 it wouldn't technically be wrong outside of nuisance tripping. That said, my thought is that the handle on the breaker was broken and instead of spending $100 plus on a new one they opened the case and inserted a handle from another breaker laying around. I have a warehouse with hundreds of breakers in it, I will look on Monday to see if I have one of these and if I do I will remove the two case screws and post pictures. There is a good chance I wont have this exact one but hopefully something close enough to see if the theory is plausible.




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Default Re: A question for the sparkys.

Never seen that before. Must have been Monday morning at the plant when the build that one.



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Old 2/10/19, 4:54 AM
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Default Re: A question for the sparkys.

Quote:
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Never seen that before. Must have been Monday morning at the plant when the build that one.
Or Friday after lunch.




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