(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 42

Thread: Which brand of electrical panel?

  1. #1
    DIY Junior Member FrankPlumber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    9

    Default Which brand of electrical panel?

    I'm building a new home and I'm wondering about the brand of electrical panel ( Siemens, GE, etc ).

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

  2. #2
    Electrician Chris75's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Litchfield, CT
    Posts
    608

    Default

    That question will only get you opinions.... My favorite happens to be GE, but really means nothing... so buy what ever you feel is in your price range... I would probably check the price difference between GFI and AFCI breakers and make my choice that way.

  3. #3
    DIY Senior Member BrianJohn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    151

    Default

    Square D over GE anyday

  4. #4
    DIY scratch-pad engineer leejosepho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    200 miles south of Little Rock
    Posts
    2,474

    Default

    Square D QO, to be specific!

  5. #5

    Default

    Seimans, SquareD Homeline and Cutler Hammer are all standard here and about the same quality/style/price. About 120 bucks

    We use 200 amp, 40 space, all in one panels in AZ.

  6. #6
    DIY Junior Member FrankPlumber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    9

    Default 40 spaces?

    When you say 40 spaces, is it 40 breakers double pole which would means 80 breakers single pole or it's 40 breakers single pole?

    Thanks a lot

  7. #7
    Electrician Chris75's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Litchfield, CT
    Posts
    608

    Default

    Square D is way overpriced IMO, but to each his own. And I also dislike the panel layout, but you could easily say the same with GE.

  8. #8
    DIY Senior Member construct30's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    NorthWest PA
    Posts
    590

    Default

    Many breakers tend to be interchangable with other panels, square D doesn't work in a lot of panels and the other breakers don't work in theirs. I would check for what is available and for what price in your area.

    200 amps 40 single breakers 110. 220's counts as two.

  9. #9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankPlumber View Post
    When you say 40 spaces, is it 40 breakers double pole which would means 80 breakers single pole or it's 40 breakers single pole?

    Thanks a lot

    40 full spaces.

    I avoid twin breakers and would only install them in a pinch.

    This was a 20/40 chock FULL of twins. Burned buss behind the A/C breaker lead to the change.




    Last edited by Alectrician; 01-06-2008 at 05:20 PM.

  10. #10
    Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek Mikey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    2,685

    Default

    What were those sense coils around the service entrance cables used for? Some kind of remote billing, maybe?

  11. #11
    DIY Senior Member Nate R's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Milwaukee, WI
    Posts
    472

    Default

    RFI Noise reduction?

  12. #12
    DIY Senior Member BrianJohn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    151

    Default

    Look at it differently, my firm does infrared inspections and Sq D QO panels seem to have less thermal issues, not a scientific study just an observation from 27 years of IR scanning. Now most panels we inspect are commercial grade (bolt in CBs) but of the ones we have scanned....


    The "sense coils" are CT's current transformers for remote monitoring of current, possible KW also depending on PTs (Potential or voltage) connections
    Last edited by BrianJohn; 01-06-2008 at 08:28 PM.

  13. #13
    Computer Programmer Bill Arden's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    MN, USA
    Posts
    584

    Default

    Don't forget to check auctions and surplus.

    I got a bunch of the style QO style Square D breakers and panels from a building that was going to be torn down.

    I don't like the new AL buss HomeLine panels as I think it's a cheep way to make stuff.
    Important note Ė I donít know man made laws, just laws of physics
    Disclaimer: I'm a big fan of Darwin awards.

  14. #14
    Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek Mikey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    2,685

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianJohn View Post
    The "sense coils" are CT's current transformers for remote monitoring of current, possible KW also depending on PTs (Potential or voltage) connections
    That's what I suspected. They were connected to the box above the old panel (now gone), and with a little imagination you could see a connection to an antenna of some kind on the right, maybe. I was wondering if the OP's area had a drive-by meter-reading program of some kind. Probably not, since it's been removed, but the service hasn't been hooked up yet, so maybe it'll all be replaced.

  15. #15
    Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek Mikey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    2,685

    Default Q0

    You get what you pay for.

    Does anybody know how I could have convinced the #$%! text editor that I wanted the Title to be "QO", and not "Qo"? The best I could do was the Q0.
    Last edited by Mikey; 01-07-2008 at 06:34 AM.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •