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Can an NF panel with a vertically mounted FIP or FCP main breaker be converted from bottom to top feed and vice versa?

Issue:
Convert from bottom to top feed and vice versa an NF panel with a vertically mounted FIP or FCP main breaker.

Product Line:
NF Panelboards

Environment:
Installation

Resolution:
Yes.

******TURN OFF ALL POWER TO PANELBOARD FIRST******

1. Rotate entire interior assembly (including main breaker kit) 180 degrees. Remove screws (1/4-20 X 0.75) from hard bus connectors in main breaker.

2. Remove screws (12-24 X 3-1/8) holding main breaker to mounting pan and slide breaker away from connectors.

3. Rotate the main reaker 180 degrees so the on and off symbols are in the correct location. (ON position must be up.)

4. Move the main breaker lugs to either the line end or load end to receive the incoming conductors. Torque lug mounting screws to 50 IN lbs. (For TOP FEED, the lugs should be located at the ``ON`` end of the breaker. For BOTTOM FEED, the lugs should be located at the ``OFF`` end of the breaker.)

5. Slide main breaker onto connectors, re-attach to mounting pan with 12-24 X 3-1/8 screws (torque = 30 - 40 IN lbs) and re-attach to connectors with 1/4-20 X 0.75 screws (torque = 75 - 90 IN lbs).

6. Detach M/B cover and load end cover from branch section of deadfront.

7. Rotate branch section of deadfront 180 degrees and re-install M/B cover and load end cover. (This is necessary to achieve proper orientation of deadfront labels.)



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