I did work for a customer a while back and they had this to say. I used step blocks for the operation on the mill. Thanks again for the photos, I'll be sure to add these to our discussion of Challenger field reports and of course blame you for their origin. These conditions alone are sufficient to damage the electrical panel rendering it unreliable and thus unsafe, independent of any innate reliabilty issues with Challenger panels and breakers. Thus the panel and its breakers are not giving the protection they were intended to provide against fire or electrical shock. The breakers in question are mostly found in homes built in the 1980s through much of the 1990s, and there are untold numbers of these breakers still in homes today. These faulty breakers also wound up being sold to many other brands and caused many recalls to take place around the country.
Hemm can be contacted at 951 543-3501, timhemm yahoo. We saw that the bus insulation was sorely compromised by overheating - in some cases when we disassembled the panel the damage behind the components that you could see in-situ was far more severe. The 30A breaker was an example of over-fusing, an un-safe condition. See for a discussion of use of the Eaton - Cutler Hammer replacement bus assembly that may be suitable in some applications. I'm relieved that you replaced the panel.
You can read more about the Enigma here:. Challenger, as a brand name now owned by Eaton, has no official connection to that product any longer. Ok bad grounds, no problem. There's also pretty high odds this house is your own. That is an abnormal and unsafe condition as its likely to mean overcurrent have been present without the breakers tripping.
We should start troubleshooting by first ruling out the most-common trouble sources. In your notes you also report serious over-fusing, an additional risk of fire or shock. But somewhere in my past I studied electrical engineering and am a computer buff, so anything less than a state-of-the-art glass panel just wouldn't do! You may have to extended it with set screw barrel otherwise I rather just replace the whole dangbat panel. If you are unsure as to what brand of electric panel or breakers that you might have, or if you know that you have Challenger products in your system, please set up a service call request with us at Brubaker Inc. Also I bought this meter and a pair of protected very high volt gloves here for a insanely low price and don't how to use it,would it help with finding out the condition and errors of wiring downstream? Compatible, as in, with your skill level? Here are some shots of a few of the default pages that come with the Enigma.
Each is fused with sub-miniature circuit breakers. He had normal for a wet basement corrosion on the ground buss bar-why do they not make the screws out of aluminum too I don't know why but we all know 3 dissimilar metals just don't work together nicely in O 2. Kit Building: The Panel As I moved into panel construction and wiring, I decided to go a bit beyond the standard panel seen in most Ch alle ngers. I did some reading and can't be 100% sure that it is because of the main breaker or one or more breakers that failed to trip on overload over time. I don't remember exactly if it was off the hot or neutral but they would range from like say 25 or lower volts. I 'm in doubt over my use of noalox and the breakers. I need to get this old man back into his house again by giving him power first then onto his Lennox pulse furnace situation, i don't know if there is a problem with it or not.
In some cases it may be possible to retain the enclosure and install a replacement bus assembly. I was inspecting the panel and found that the piece of bus that feeds the main bus that comes from the main breakers was very discolored. He had no black carbon arcing flash burns on any of the lugs,etc. Watch out: This Westinghouse - Challenger electrical panel and its breakers are all, in my opinion, unsafe, unreliable, and should be replaced in entirety. The standard panel is more than adequate for a ny and all flying, and is very light no point adding weight if you don't need to. I've been boggled in the past when i've gotten stray voltages when i would turn the light switch,etc off.
Here is the lower panel being drilled. Here is the list of items currently installed left to right : - 12 Volt Plug in - Left and Right Retract Ski's Up and Down Toggles with Circuit Breakers. Photo courtesy Challenger products did not always feature the Challenger brand name. The Kit isolates the two systems so that power from the generator will never back feed into utility lines, and vice-versa. I wanted to share with you some pictures.
If you see Stab-Lok breakers that still say Challenger on them, they are old stock, as in pre-1988. They're great but not comprehensive, nor do we know building history, wiring snafus, etc. We even found blobs of melted plastic on the bottom of the panel. That is how a tool maker friend of mine taught me to drill a round hole. So my best educated decision would be to either replace the main breaker or break the common trip bar out and keep whatever the double pole breaker is off and maybe replace all the breakers too and get the right size breakers for some.
Carson is a home inspection professional, educator, researcher, writer, and a principal of Carson Dunlop Associates, a Toronto home inspection and education firm. I have see couple 200 amp single phase main breaker fail pretty instering way. I'd say the odds are better than 75% on how these scenarios play out over the next decade. Circuit breakers are designed to keep you and your family safe. Good thing since I already milled out the hole! The panel folds down with the simple removal of two screws and allows access to the back of the panel. Aronstein if he's willing to do some more through forensic work on the panel.