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- Nov 3, 2010
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The easiest, cheapest way to get more space is to install mini breakers, sometimes called Piggy back breakers. They are normal breakers but 2 of them fit in the space of one of your breakers.The main reason why I was planning on doing the upgrade is for more space.
You are only allowed to use a certain number of them depending on where you live and your panel.
But I am an electrician and I got a million of them.
It is still your Main breaker that determines how much power you can draw no matter how many breakers you install.
They sell them in Home depot.
That you could do yourself for under $10.00
If you need a lot more space you can install a sub panel. I also have one of those in my house.
You can get a 12 circuit panel and connect it to your existing panel through like a 60 amp breaker.
Being an electrician for fifty years I don't ever recall anyone tripping their main breaker from normal use, not something weird or a short.
100 amps would make your house glow.
All of the lights in a normal house use less than one amp and with LEDs, they don't use anything to even think about.
If I were you, and I am not,I would install 4 mini breakers and call it a day. Go out to dinner and try the baked scrod.