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Old 03-23-2011, 10:01 PM   #11
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Its a square D box, and it seems like those breakers are crazy expensive. List is like 3 bones, retail $128 and remanufactured is not much of a savings at all.
Did you look on ebay?

50A GFI squared D breaker, new in the box. $45 + $12 shipping, Buy-It-Now.

http://cgi.ebay.com/SQUARE-D-HOM250GFI-CIRCUIT-BREAKER-NIB-VERY-CHEAP-/230576714187?pt=BI_Circuit_Breakers_Transformers&h ash=item35af7171cb
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:04 PM   #12
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two comments:

(1) I didn't even price shop for that. Just searched for "square D gfi breaker" and that was one of the top links. might find one cheaper.

(2) make sure it's the right kind! square D makes two different styles of breakers. you need the one that matches exactly with your panel.

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Old 03-23-2011, 10:29 PM   #13
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Hey, Walker, that is a smokin' great deal on the breaker. I just picked up my Murray 60amp GFCI breaker for $86 at my supply house (CED). It is going to power my Ohio-ED 60 amp relay!

Folks, don't cut corners by not installing a GFCI. Hell, it is cheap price for safety and you never know if that panel could become wet (ie - your drunk neighbor peeing on the panel, rainstorms, out-of-control hose spraying everywhere, etc.).

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Old 03-23-2011, 10:59 PM   #14
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Did you look on ebay?

50A GFI squared D breaker, new in the box. $45 + $12 shipping, Buy-It-Now.

http://cgi.ebay.com/SQUARE-D-HOM250GFI-CIRCUIT-BREAKER-NIB-VERY-CHEAP-/230576714187?pt=BI_Circuit_Breakers_Transformers&h ash=item35af7171cb
What in the world would I do with 50amps? I have been looking for 30amp. Maybe 50amp is a more common size and I could get it cheaper? What kind of outlet would I use with a 50amp circuit? WOW, my eyes are open! Nice find Walker!
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:32 AM   #15
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What kind of outlet would I use with a 50amp circuit?
Forget 50 amps, go 60 amps so you can run pumps and (2) 5,500W elements at the same time. Oh ya, here is an example of standard outlet. They also come in twist lock.
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50A plugs and receptacles are standard for electric ranges. You can walk into any hardware store and buy them.

60A stuff would allow you to do everything Sparky said, but the 60A aren't as commonplace, so you would likely have to order online.

PS; I thought you were happy with your 2000W/120V system? Is it not fast enough with heating for you?

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.....PS; I thought you were happy with your 2000W/120V system? Is it not fast enough with heating for you?
Oh you are good! It does take awhile, but it does work. I have wattage envy
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My spa panel is 3ft away from my stand and control panel.

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Old 03-24-2011, 12:11 PM   #19
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50A plugs and receptacles are standard for electric ranges. You can walk into any hardware store and buy them.

60A stuff would allow you to do everything Sparky said, but the 60A aren't as commonplace, so you would likely have to order online.

PS; I thought you were happy with your 2000W/120V system? Is it not fast enough with heating for you?
I started down the 60amp path and realized exactly what Walker says here. Not only are they harder to locate, the prices go up pretty drastically. I know Walker got a great deal on cord, but when I priced Cord, Plugs & Receptacles, the difference was significant.

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Old 03-24-2011, 12:19 PM   #20
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I'm putting together pieces for a build now also. I bought the $50 spa pannel from Home Depot (including a GE 30A GFCI breaker) with a plan to use that for GFI protection. Once I priced out buying wire, plugs, etc; it was cheeper to just buy the 30A GFCI cord available on Ebay. Spa pannel was returned.

$50 GFCI pannel
$40 20 Ft 10/3 wire suitable for a power cord (@ $2 a foot)
$20 Dryer cord + Plug

$110 vice $77 for power cord

This leads to a much more portable rig as well.

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