I have a house with two separate main panels, one has two 70 amp breakers, so it is a 70 amp panel. the other has a 50 amp and a 25 amp breaker is it a 50 amp panel?enter image description here

  • Sounds like either a really messed up panel, or confusion about the breakers for the loads vs. the main shutoff. Model #s and pictures would help a lot. – manassehkatz-Moving 2 Codidact May 4 '18 at 1:26
  • Some one has connected the two breakers together with a removable rod, does this change anything? – JONATHAN TENSEN May 4 '18 at 1:27
  • Can you post photos of this configuration please? – ThreePhaseEel May 4 '18 at 1:28
  • Sounds like an old rule of 6 panel possibly, the total ampacity for the service could be over 100 amp but a photo may help or a model number. – Ed Beal May 4 '18 at 1:41
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    "removable rod" ... ? Looks like an old nail to me. – brhans May 4 '18 at 2:20

My best guess based on the pictures provided and info:

The first panel is probably a main breaker switch that can be used to turn off the entire panel with one switch (instead of turning them all of individually). The "second panel" is a 100 amp panel. The service amperage is listed on the sticker. The two switches connected with a removable rod are most likely an attempt to make two 70 amp switches into a double slot 100 amp switch, which of course is a code violation and is just negligent.

What exactly are you trying to do? Was your only question just what type of panels are these? If there is more to this question, can you post another picture capturing the conduits and wiring going into each panel, that would give me a better idea of exactly what is going on with this strange setup.

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