Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > Spa panel question

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-19-2011, 01:50 AM   #1
kklowell
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Lowell, MA
Posts: 189
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Spa panel question

I bought the 50 amp spa panel from HD last year but have not done anything with it yet. I have some questions for you more electrically experienced people. First, my house still only has a glass fuse main box with the pull-outs holding cartridge fuses for the main and dryer circuit. The mains are 60 amp fuses, the dryer fuses are 30 ... so can I use the spa panel just for the GFI? If not, who wants to buy a spa panel?

__________________
kklowell is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-19-2011, 03:28 AM   #2
BigBobsBrews
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 158
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I believe so, yes. If you leave the fuses alone, and install the GFI on the end of a 30 amp line, the glass fuse should provide the over-current protection for the wiring, and the GFI protection for you.

__________________
BigBobsBrews is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-19-2011, 04:58 AM   #3
rollinred
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Traverse City, MI
Posts: 327
Liked 10 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

The GFCI is for a completely different purpose than the fuse/circuit breaker.

The circuit breaker or fuse in your case protects from excessive amp draw or direct shortage.

The GFCI protects from current leakage. Meaning that if current begins to flow through your body from a short circuit the GFCI will trip before you are harmed.

They are two different birds and you will need to wire the spa panel in line if you want to protect yourself.

__________________
rollinred is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What guage wire from main panel to spa panel? AdamCanFly Electric Brewing 22 02-01-2012 02:36 AM
Control Panel Question McCuckerson Electric Brewing 21 08-27-2011 04:56 PM
Mounting spa panel guts in control panel kevink Electric Brewing 7 08-20-2011 02:31 AM
Sub Panel Question ChrisMichels Electric Brewing 21 06-08-2011 01:38 PM
60A Spa Panel Question dtfeld Electric Brewing 19 03-08-2011 01:32 PM