I have a push matic box, where over the years breakers will go bad. Luckily, they are after the main lighting breaker that shuts off the bottom of the buss bar. I feel comfortable working on those and have replaced several over the years.
New item, the main lighting breaker is starting to fail. The problem is, of the four screws connecting it to the buss bar, 2 are connected to the upper part that cannot be switched off with out turning off the power at the meter; I am unable and unwilling if I could, to do that.
I have my class 0 insulating gloves, and my 1000v rated insulating drivers; are experts here comfortable pulling that break without turning the main power off outside? Is it completely irrational to do so?
I am selling the house in a year or so, and they are demoing these houses for bigger, so I’d rather not upgrade the panel. The panel has been good to us the last 30 years.
All input is welcome.