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  • Double Tap Circuit Breaker - Help
    Hello All, One of the things the buyers want us to fix before closing is to remove a double tap circuit breaker.... Any idea of how much an electrician would charge to do this? I'm hoping it's not too expensive. Ingrid
  • Re: Double Tap Circuit Breaker - Help
    Ingrid, I have had these before and it should be a quick fix. You should have surplus space available for circuit/breakers in your box. You remove the double and dedicate it to another breaker. If in doubt I am sure the home inspector could better explain. Good Luck. Steve-Va
  • Re: Double Tap Circuit Breaker - Help
    Steve, Thanks very much! My husband said he may or may not be able to fix it himself, but I told him I'd feel better having the electrician come out and do it. Would mean more money, but better peace of mind. The electrician can also install the GFCI that needs to be replaced for the whirlpool tub. Ingrid
  • Re: Double Tap Circuit Breaker - Help
    Ugh! Found out that husband thinks there may not be enough space in the circuit box to add another circuit breaker.....so I'm hoping the electrician can fix this properly and not costly, either. Ingrid
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    I thought the purpose of a double tap breaker is when there's not enough room in the box for two single pole breakers. I've used these in the past with no problem. Ingrid, do you know why this is an issue for the new buyer?
  • Re: Double Tap Circuit Breaker - Help
    Hi Bobb, It may be a code violation....this is what I've found with my research. They have not specifically told us why they wanted it done, but apparently it did come up in the home inspector's report. Which is odd, because it probably came up in my home inspection report, too, and it probably should have been taken care of then....but I can't find my inspection report -- packed away someplace. Their wording is kind of vague, too. "Seller to undo double tap circuit breaker"... so if the electrician "undos" the double tap and there's no room in the box for a single breaker, then part of the house will be without electricity, I'm assuming, because part of the double tap will have to be disconnected....so I'm hoping there is room and that I won't have to cough up money for a new breaker box. Bottom line is that buyer's agent knows she has us over a barrel and I have to make sure we can get to closing on this, for our sake....so if it results in a new breaker box, so be it. Hopefully this nightmare will end soon -- with a check at closing! 8-) Ingrid
  • Re: Double Tap Circuit Breaker - Help
    Ingrid, If your current panel doesn't have a space for an additional breaker, you don't have to replace the whole panel. What you can do is add a "sub-panel" which is just a small box that holds just one circuit breaker. It costs about $80 for that box, plus the labor to install (which is considerably less than the labor to install a new panel). Ron Guy
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    Hi Ron, Oh, thank you! That makes me feel better.....and makes my checkbook feel better, too. 8-) Ingrid
  • Re: Double Tap Circuit Breaker - Help
    A sub-panel is certainly a better option than a whole new box! A couple of other ideas.... Home Depot for one, has breakers that are only 1/2 as wide as regular ones especially for full boxes. They are specific by brand, so get all the info off your box, and maybe even take a couple of good close photos with you. Actually taking the original breaker with you is the best. You may have to try several places if yours is an odd brand. Assuming that the double circuit is NOT over the rated capacity, you could just pull part of it out and hook it into the line that's left, inside a junction box somewhere outside the breaker box. (Attic, basement, etc). I've seen a very good book, from Home Depot, Lowes or Amazon, called Advanced Wiring by I don't remember who. I'll see if I can't get some more specifics for ya. Anyway, I don't think it will be too big a deal to fix.
  • Re: Double Tap Circuit Breaker - Help
    Ida, Thank you very much! We're almost getting all the contingencies out of the way...water potability test tomorrow and I'll reschedule the septic inspection for Wednesday or Thursday now that there is sufficient water in the tank... So, hopefully we will get to closing peacefully... Ingrid
  • Re: Double Tap Circuit Breaker - Help
    Ingrid, This isn't a deal killer. If it is as you describe, the cost to fix may not be more than $150, labor and materials. You are not having to replace the whole box ($750+). Don't sweat it. Get an electrician in and get it done. If it's what your buyer wants, then you have to do it. Or risk losing the buyer. Good luck, Hal
  • Re: Double Tap Circuit Breaker - Help
    Hi Hal, Oh, yes, it will be done...placed a call to a local electrician and am awaiting a call back....if I don't hear anything by late this afternoon, I'll be calling a different electrician in a nearby area for them to come out. According to our contract all the repairs have to be done 48 hrs prior to closing, but out of the 4 things they listed, 3 of them will be done this week (closing set for Aug. 31)....only thing that needs to wait is removing the fence for the dogs, since we still need that...will board the dogs after we remove the fence. Ingrid
  • Re: Double Tap Circuit Breaker - Help
    Ingrid, Another solution, if you don't have room for full-size breakers, is to get a couple of "piggy back" breakers - I think this may be what Ida was referring to, but not sure - I just installed some in my own house because I needed to add circuits but was out of space. It's the size of a single breaker but has 2 separate circuits on it. You can get them at Home Depot. Good luck, NT
  • Re: Double Tap Circuit Breaker - Help
    Whee! Well, we got it all taken care of and it only cost $80! No need to install a sub panel or new panel. YAY! Just a couple of more contigencies to go..... Ingrid

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