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    The main breaker on this 200A panel is not connected. The panel is fed through a separate 100 A breaker on side bus. (see pictures).

    The cover is labeled - "Not the main switch" and "main switch".

    Is this against any code?
    It looks like a jury rig to me, but does the labeling make it ok?

    Also, I don't often see distribution breakers direcftly oposite the main breaker as it is usually lugged in place and doesn't allow space?

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    Default Re: Bootlegged Main

    This looks like it was done because more breaker spaces were needed than a standard 100 amp panel could provide. This might be fine. The big consideration is if the breaker hold-down clip or bracket was used and if it can be used in that panel.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Port View Post
    This might be fine. The big consideration is if the breaker hold-down clip or bracket was used and if it can be used in that panel.

    Of course, though, there are all the other things wrong in that panel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck
    Of course, though, there are all the other things wrong in that panel.
    I saw other things like colored wires on neutral terminal and rust on terminals. What else did you see that was wrong?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Amelin View Post
    What else did you see that was wrong?

    Without looking real close, and with the limited resolution, see attached for starters.

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    Ken,
    • The back feed 100 amp breaker would probably be ok if this were not a main circuit breaker load center, as such there will be no provision for installing the factory back feed main circuit breaker retaining clip.
    • The service feeders enter the load center enclosure via an unprotected knockout. There is no conduit, connector, locknut or bushing to protect the # 4 AWG or larger conductors.
    • The duct tape is not a legitimate knockout closure plug, aka push penny or Hoffman plug.
    • The type AC cable does not terminate in armor clad connectors.
    • There appears to be a white neutral on the ground bus located in the bottom of the panel.
    • That is about all I see from you pix…
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