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Posted by tdeck on May 17, 2006, 2:05 pm

Rat Killer wrote:

does the connection to the single pole breaker displace an existing connection
on that
what if there are no empty spaces to insert a new breaker? (in case a new
breaker is needed)

Posted by Rat Killer on May 17, 2006, 2:45 pm

Unless required by your local code, The Energy Detective does not
require a dedicated breaker and can share a 15a single pole breaker
with an existing circuit if the breaker is so designed for termination
of more than one wire.  (Most are).

Posted by William P.N. Smith on May 17, 2006, 2:51 pm

on that


They sent me the manual, just for clicking on a link...


• If there are no spare circuit breakers and the existing circuit
breakers are approved for use with more than one conductor, (most 15
and 20-amp circuit breakers are), then the black conductor may be
connected to one of the existing circuit breakers.

• If the circuit breakers are not approved for 2 conductors, or if the
authority in your jurisdiction does not allow this procedure, then it
will be necessary to install a new 15 or 20-Amp circuit breaker in an
existing space in the panel. (Note: in Canada 15-Amp circuit breakers
or fuses must be used).

• If there are no existing spaces in the panel, then one of the
existing circuit breakers may be replaced with a tandem or thin
circuit breaker to create an additional circuit. Contact your panel
manufacturer or electrical distributor for details.

Note that the breaker must be on the same phase as the remote display,
so you might have to fiddle...

Posted by William P.N. Smith on May 16, 2006, 10:45 pm

Cool, http://www.theenergydetective.com/frameset.asp  I've got one on

Thanks for the pointer!

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