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Breaking of scored Tabs on a GE 45609?
« on: September 26, 2011, 10:22:13 pm »
In the manual for the GE 45609 it says, break of the scored tabs? Which Tab are they talking about? Anyone have done this before?

I tried to take a plyer and break what I thought would be tab and not sure if it would break...Hmm...
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Re: Breaking of scored Tabs on a GE 45609?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2011, 10:30:49 pm »
In the manual for the GE 45609 it says, break of the scored tabs? Which Tab are they talking about? Anyone have done this before?
The tabs on the left and/or the right side, so you can fit them side-by-side in multi-gang boxes.
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Re: Breaking of scored Tabs on a GE 45609?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2011, 11:33:09 pm »
Thanks oTi@ - I tried to break them off - is this the metal tab? It seems pretty hard just to shake it off ....
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Re: Breaking of scored Tabs on a GE 45609?
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2011, 11:44:44 pm »
I tried to break them off - is this the metal tab?
Correct. As per the diagram in the manual. Bend it up and down a few times (long nose pliers, applied lengthwise) and they should break off at the scoring. (Worked for me with the dimmers, 45606.)
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Re: Breaking of scored Tabs on a GE 45609?
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2011, 11:55:54 pm »
Thanks oTi@ I'll give that a shot.
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Re: Breaking of scored Tabs on a GE 45609?
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2011, 07:00:57 am »
First time I tried this I mangaled one so bad I had to do a transplant from a three way companion switch. After that I would carefully saw them off with a hacksaw, now I use a pair of vice grips slowly bend back and forth and they will come off.

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Re: Breaking of scored Tabs on a GE 45609?
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2011, 11:33:35 am »
First time I tried this I mangaled one so bad I had to do a transplant from a three way companion switch. After that I would carefully saw them off with a hacksaw, now I use a pair of vice grips slowly bend back and forth and they will come off.

if you have a pair of dikes in your hand for for clipping wires- depending on the style you have- you can just 'clip' off the extra heat sink tabs.

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Re: Breaking of scored Tabs on a GE 45609?
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2011, 01:54:56 pm »
be sure not to exceed maximum current capacity as reduced by cutting tabs
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Re: Breaking of scored Tabs on a GE 45609?
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2011, 11:25:59 pm »
Thanks everyone :) I used a vice grip and bend it slowly up and down and that seemed to work - I was using the wrong tool to start with initially ::)  - Now I learned this is simple I ordered few more of the GE ones!

BTW - Anyone reading this - I do recommend the GE modules compared to Monster (I think they're actually made by Leviton) - In my experience you decide not to have that module (for instance a dimmer) and try to move it around - meaning - you screw /unscrew couple of time the monster modules (the are NOT solid - I actually broke a screw on one of the module)  - However the GE modules seems to be of much more better construction...
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