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Re: Half of 60 Amp fuse panel is dead

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01-04-2013 11:35:25

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Was able to look at the panel quickly at Christmas, checked with my volt meter and one of the legs is dead, the problem appears to be a double pole breaker at the panel that feeds the shed. It is triped and wont reset, the problen is there is no way to kill the power to the panel besides pulling the meter. There is a transfer switch at the pole for a PTO generator, but since dad hasn't had livestock for a decade it hasn't been used and don't think it is a good idea to mess with it. I never have had to pull the meter or pull a breaker out when it is hot, do you think I should work on it or call an electrician? I really wouldn't mind just pulling the breaker, am I right in thinking that as long as I don't touch the rails I'll be fine?

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Russ from MN

01-05-2013 21:06:43

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 Re: Half of 60 Amp fuse panel is dead in reply to Nisse, 01-04-2013 11:35:25  
Maybe the breaker is tripping because the wire is broken in the ground or somehow shorted to ground. disconnect the wire from the breaker and see if it still won't reset. Are the breaker handles tied together as they should be for 220V? If a double breaker is tripped there should be no power on either leg.

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01-04-2013 14:55:43

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 Re: Half of 60 Amp fuse panel is dead in reply to Nisse, 01-04-2013 11:35:25  
Transfer switch should still work. Just check for potential before touching anything. Failed breakers are all too common.

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d beatty

01-04-2013 11:54:09

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 Re: Half of 60 Amp fuse panel is dead in reply to Nisse, 01-04-2013 11:35:25  
I would not pull the meter. Our electric company only allows their men or an authorized electrician to remove meter. If you get an electrican you should have him put in a main through out switch on the panel.

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01-04-2013 14:32:10

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 Re: Half of 60 Amp fuse panel is dead in reply to d beatty, 01-04-2013 11:54:09  
Don't think I will pull the meter myself, talked to the co-op and they will do it, just have to schedule it a couple days ahead. Was more wondering about pulling the breaker, I have replace several before but never when the panel is live. Going to take a closer look at it tomorrow, supposed to be warm(about 25 degrees).

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d beatty

01-04-2013 14:38:53

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 Re: Half of 60 Amp fuse panel is dead in reply to Nisse, 01-04-2013 14:32:10  
John like I said before if it can be done put a disconnect switch between the meter and box so if you have to do this again you won't have to call someone out.

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01-08-2013 20:01:38

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 Re: Half of 60 Amp fuse panel is dead in reply to d beatty, 01-04-2013 14:38:53  
I got the problem fixed this weekend, turned out to be real easy. I never actually looked at the one panel until Saturday, just took my dad"s and brother"s word there was no way to kill power, it turns out that there is a 100 amp main breaker. I just replaced the bad 60 amp breaker and everything is fine. Thanks for all the help.

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01-09-2013 07:33:27

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 Re: Half of 60 Amp fuse panel is dead in reply to nisse, 01-08-2013 20:01:38  
Glad you got it fixed and so easily. Makes you feel good when it's something simple and you're in the middle of a project.

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