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Hey Robert,

In trouble-shooting and repairing a problem in my electrical system, I discovered a breaker that had failed so badly that it burnt/eroded the neutral post on the main panel (for that specific breaker which is no longer usable). I have since evaluated/repaired the wiring, receptacles, etc. and moved the panel wiring to a newly-installed breaker and all seems well. My question is: Is there a problem with leaving an "opening" (i.e. no breaker) in the middle of my electrical panel?

-BF

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If I understand what you are saying, that is not the neutral [intentionally grounded conductor] that burned up
Breakers plug onto the "hot" [ungrounded] bus

Install a panel blank in the cover to prevent intrusion into energized areas of the panel.
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Robert Wilber

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Licensed Philadelphia electrician serving Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania. I install and repair residential, commercial and industrial wiring and lighting. Troubleshooting and repair of problems that stump other people is my favorite. I am willing to help people figure out why things don`t work. I understand motor controls, transformers and machine wiring. I do not teach basics to novices or do free design work.

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Experience in the area I have 44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair, 480 volts and below. This is not to be confused with one week repeated two thousand times.

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44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair

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