how much brute force should it take to yank a zinsco breaker?
I'm not talkin' 'bout the skinny ones or a single pole, but a big ol' 2-pole 50A double-waaaad. It failed in the middle position, and I hope it didn't arc-weld itself to the buss bars, as they are reported to do. How many kilo-Newtons or lbf should a clueless DIYer expect to exert in removing it from the panel?
I've done some serious rocking and tugging, even with large pliers... it ain't lettin' go. I know they kinda rock-in, such that the wire-end goes in first, out last... biased my pulling at the non-wire end... no dice.
I've chipped off some plastic here and there, but I figure "erosion" is not a good strategy... bound to contact some "BZZZOTTT!!" metal, eventually. =:O
Plus I figure the buss bars underneath will probably be hosed anyway.
There's some room at the bottom of the buss bars, but I'd have to pigtail 8AWG braided Cu to reach there... 'cause the "electrician" (or HVAC installer) didn't leave the required loop/slack.
PS: On the replacement CB (refurb'd GTE/Sylvania), I see several deep detents on the non-wire end; is there a TOOL, resembling a pry-bar, that hooks in there for yanking?
Thanks in advance.