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Are these wire tabs around these breakers handle locks? I've never seen them before and they appear to lock the breaker in the "on" position. I can understand them for lockout protection when used in the "off" position, but this seem hazardous.

Or am I completely off and they're totally something else?



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That's what I thought. Should they be removed? Will they prevent the breaker from tripping when on? It looks like it will?

I don't think so. The handle doesn't have to move to trip. You're just prevented from reseting it until you move it to the 'off' position.


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