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Hello all: We have a lot of GE and Cutler Hamer breakers, and some Square D HOM panels. Anyone here interchange between brands, putting the GE or CH into a SQ D HOM panel? Or do the SQ D HOM only fit SQ D breakers? Just like to avoid buying a lot CH breakers! MANY THANKS! Enjoy, Jon
 

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Hello all: We have a lot of GE and Cutler Hamer breakers, and some Square D HOM panels. Anyone here interchange between brands, putting the GE or CH into a SQ D HOM panel? Or do the SQ D HOM only fit SQ D breakers? Just like to avoid buying a lot CH breakers! MANY THANKS! Enjoy, Jon
Of course people do. Non compliantly. Does it work? Sure. Is it the right thing to do? Nope.
 
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Is your reputation worth more than a 4 dollar breaker? When the customer finds out from his brother -in-law the electrician that you can't do that then you become the hack that cut corners. It happens a lot and we make money changing them to correctly listed breakers.
Plus, home inspectors ding people for that on a regular basis when the house comes up for sale. Just stock some different brands of breakers on the truck, and some CL breakers for weird stuff, and you're good to go.
 

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He's talking about the CL-line of breakers. The Classified Replacements. Different than the CH-CH and the CH-BR's most of us are used to.
 
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He's talking about the CL-line of breakers. The Classified Replacements. Different than the CH-CH and the CH-BR's most of us are used to.
yes and I have used them......theyre more expensive than the proper breakers

PLUS theyre technically not listed for every panel as a direct replacement

They are only classified for certain model #s
 

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Is your reputation worth more than a 4 dollar breaker? When the customer finds out from his brother -in-law the electrician that you can't do that then you become the hack that cut corners. It happens a lot and we make money changing them to correctly listed breakers.
And in my opinion that pretty much sums up why you should avoid doing what the OP is asking.
 

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I 99 out of a 100 times will order the correct breaker for I have came across, there are a few times when I have came across a wadsworth or old westinghouse.. then a Cutler Hammer will work for a temp fix..and I recommend a panel replacement.
 

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I used to stock the CL breakers, thought they were a great idea till our building dept decided we couldn't use them. Even though the manufacturer says they are classified to fit many brands of panels, every one of the manufacturers of the "other" panels forbids use of another brand in their panel. Can't even use them in a Cutler Hammer panel as they are not listed for that.
We can't use gutted panels for j boxes either, because they are not listed for that, have to rip em out, install a "listed" j box and patch the wall.
We can't even install a generic contactor in a generic j box because the two are not "listed" to be used together.
Makes me wanna be a handyman, no worries, just do it.
 
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