jjeff wrote: some like GE have 2 handles(twice as wide) and again are attached by a pin so if one trips it turns off the other breaker.
Just an fyi, the common trip mechanism in a double pole breaker is internal to the breakers, it does not depend on a pin in the handles. You can get handle ties to join two single pole breakers together, but that does not make them common trip, it just makes it very hard to turn one off manually without turning off the other. That is why, as you say:
jjeff wrote:Using 2 seperate 120v breakers for 240v is NOT code and a safety issue
P.S. This latest subthread should really be in its own thread.