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#163393 - 05/07/07 01:10 PM Can You Put The Cover Back On??
Webmaster Offline


Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3142
Loc: NY, USA
I came across this one today, the homeowner asked if I could put the panel cover back on.

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#163405 - 05/07/07 03:08 PM Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: Webmaster]
CTwireman Offline

Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 839
Loc: Connecticut, USA
Look on the bright side. At least they used wire nuts instead of "twist and tape."

#163415 - 05/07/07 05:36 PM Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: CTwireman]
mamills Offline

Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
That CAUTION tape is really an understatement!!

Mike (mamills)

#163421 - 05/07/07 06:19 PM Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: mamills]
LarryC Offline

Registered: 07/05/04
Posts: 776
Loc: Winchester, NH, US
So..... is there remote power switch for the furnace or was that it?

#163428 - 05/07/07 09:18 PM Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: Webmaster]
EV607797 Offline

Registered: 10/25/06
Posts: 756
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA, USA
So, did you put the cover back on? Seems like all that would be needed is some longer screws !

From the dropped ceiling grid shown in some of the pics, it definitely looks like Harry Homeowner was busy at work finishing his basement and didn't need to hire no professionals! \:D

"But the guy at Home Depot said it would work."

#163591 - 05/11/07 01:37 PM Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: EV607797]
BigJohn Offline

Registered: 03/06/04
Posts: 352
Loc: Boston, MA
You know what they say: "False ceilings hide a multitude of sins." So, I guess you have to put one heck of a false-wall in front of that panel.

Seeing stuff like this makes me glad I don't do resi. service work any more. The only way my conscience would rest easy touching that panel is if I were ripping it out.


#163593 - 05/11/07 02:17 PM Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: BigJohn]
Flux Offline

Registered: 05/11/07
Posts: 14
Loc: NJ, USA
Ripping the whole thing out is uncalled for.. But certainly alot of things in that mess need to be taken out and replaced.

#163597 - 05/11/07 06:39 PM Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: Flux]
ayrton Offline

Registered: 12/21/01
Posts: 205
Loc: Pa
I wouldnt say it is "uncalled for" That panel is too small for all those wires Period.
Plus it is rusted out on the bottom. Lets upgrade and make it safe and proffessional.

Bet you the guts are loose on the backboard too. Breakers have probably been arcing for years and buss has hot spots all over it.

Edited by ayrton (05/11/07 06:42 PM)

#164602 - 06/06/07 09:13 PM Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: ayrton]
yaktx Offline

Registered: 02/19/03
Posts: 286
Loc: Austin, Texas, USA
 Originally Posted By: ayrton
I wouldnt say it is "uncalled for"

I'll second Ayrton here. I wouldn't want that next door, let alone in my own house. It is an interesting artifact, though.

I see just about every kind of "interchangeable" breaker in there, but the main, what is that? An old Murray? That panel seems impossibly tiny for 200A. And the blue-handled tandem near the bottom, with the "wrong way" toggles like a Stab-Lok, what is that? I don't think I've ever seen one of those.

#164613 - 06/07/07 05:26 AM Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: yaktx]
NORCAL Offline

Registered: 09/25/02
Posts: 805
The main is a old Crouse-Hinds/Murray.

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