Originally Posted By: jmyers
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It does sound like a split buss. In this case most, if not all, of the double pole breakers are at the top (it should not exceed six breakers) and the buss is then cut below with wires running from one of those breakers underneath the lower part of the panel and connecting to the buss. The lower part of the panel holds the smaller breakers (15 and 20 amp) and the power can be cut off to the lower part of the panel by shutting off the double pole breaker that controls it.
This scenerio is easy enough to detect. If you look at the breakers the wires will run under the other breakers in the lower part of the panel and connect to the buss. If you look at the picture you tried to post you may be able to see the wires going from the breakers to the buss underneath.
This was done to make the main lug panels comply with the NEC rule that requires the power to be cut off with 6 breakers or less in a single enclosure. 230.71(A) in the 2002 NEC if you want to read it for yourself.
While I am sure I know what you mean when you say this could be illegal if the SE cable is running to the breaker, for the sake of those less fortunate it would be good if you could clarify that statement by explaining exactly what you are talking about so we don't confuse those less fortunate than us.
BTW....Greg if this turns out to be the case I descibed above it would be ok according the NEC codes to do (although I would have someone that knows what they are looking at go over it again preferrably with you there). My personal feelings on this is I don't like it. Someone was just trying to be a cheapo. If they are this cheap when it comes to something so dangerous as the electrical system there is not telling what else they did to try and save a few bucks elsewhere. If you have to, call the realtor and make an excuse to go back in there and take another look with someone that can help you.
On another note...I work for donuts and coke but the travel expense (round trip air plane ride) would surely kill your profits for the month. ![icon_biggrin.gif](upload://iKNGSw3qcRIEmXySa8gItY6Gczg.gif)