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Uploaded on Jun 6, 2010

This is a sub-panel seen on a recent inspection. Note the breakers on the right, they are doubles. There are two conductors entering each circuit breaker. The important thing to know here is that each breaker is serving two circuits. However, the breaker is correctly matched to the conductors (wires). Translation, there is the possibility of nuisance tripping of the circuit if there is sufficient load on both branches or circuits. There is a clip that ties the neutral buss and the ground buss in the sub-panel which is bad medicine. A licensed electrical contractor will have that fixed in a jiffy. That is why we are a step ahead of the competition.
UPDATE: I spoke with the Realtor and this distribution panel cost $800 to fix. What? The Realtor could not give me any information about work completed. Sounds like maybe a panel replacement. I am curios to know just what was serviced.
Correction: I just watched the video and caught myself saying that "The breakers on the left are standard single pole breakers." indeed the two on the bottom are, but the two (four) are not singles rather they are doubles. My error I will do my best to prevent this happening again.

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