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Changing out a circuit breaker #14428475 07/23/22 11:16 PM
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Is it as simple as the YouTube videos make it look? Is this a DIY project most people can do? I have a break that needs to be replaced. I don’t want to pay someone to do what seems like a simple fix.

Can I do this without burning down the house?


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Re: Changing out a circuit breaker [Re: Mudshark] #14428477 07/23/22 11:20 PM
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easy for most people....but you hmmm


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Re: Changing out a circuit breaker [Re: Mudshark] #14428478 07/23/22 11:21 PM
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kill the main, pull the breaker, unscrew the wire clamp, put wire into the new breaker and tighten clamp, turn off breaker and reinstall breaker, turn on main, turn on breaker....


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Re: Changing out a circuit breaker [Re: bronco71] #14428492 07/23/22 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by bronco71
kill the main, pull the breaker, unscrew the wire clamp, put wire into the new breaker and tighten clamp, turn off breaker and reinstall breaker, turn on main, turn on breaker....


This plus, don’t snap the new breaker in with a screw driver in your hand. Put it in your pocket that way after you have swapped the breaker out you can go back in the house set down with the screw driver in your pocket and poke a hole in your wife’s new chair.


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Re: Changing out a circuit breaker [Re: Mudshark] #14428495 07/23/22 11:36 PM
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It's easier than YT makes it seem. Changed dozens/100's with the panel hot.


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Re: Changing out a circuit breaker [Re: Billy Blazer 300 HPDI] #14428496 07/23/22 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Billy Blazer 300 HPDI
Originally Posted by bronco71
kill the main, pull the breaker, unscrew the wire clamp, put wire into the new breaker and tighten clamp, turn off breaker and reinstall breaker, turn on main, turn on breaker....


This plus, don’t snap the new breaker in with a screw driver in your hand. Put it in your pocket that way after you have swapped the breaker out you can go back in the house set down with the screw driver in your pocket and poke a hole in your wife’s new chair.




Yep, this. Beats blowing the end off the screwdriver.


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Re: Changing out a circuit breaker [Re: Mudshark] #14428498 07/23/22 11:37 PM
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If you can take your panel down then no problem. If not then you have to pay attention to what your doing but not overly difficult.

Re: Changing out a circuit breaker [Re: bronco71] #14428504 07/23/22 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by bronco71
kill the main, pull the breaker, unscrew the wire clamp, put wire into the new breaker and tighten clamp, turn off breaker and reinstall breaker, turn on main, turn on breaker....



zactly.

med flat blade screwdriver, be sure main is shut off first thing.
have 2 flashlights at hand. maybe a non angry family member to hold one for ya. bolt


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Re: Changing out a circuit breaker [Re: Mudshark] #14428507 07/23/22 11:48 PM
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I agree it is simple. Be aware that shutting off the main breaker does not mean everything in the panel is not hot though. The main lugs still have current in them with the main breaker off. This is assuming that the main breaker is in the panel you are working on.

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Re: Changing out a circuit breaker [Re: PaulGrapevine] #14428534 07/24/22 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by PaulGrapevine
I agree it is simple. Be aware that shutting off the main breaker does not mean everything in the panel is not hot though. The main lugs still have current in them with the main breaker off. This is assuming that the main breaker is in the panel you are working on.

Some are outside. I think we have a better chance of a brownout with Mudshark changing a breaker then with me flipping switches over.


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