Someone called an electrican but I don't think so.
Just after the landlord gets back from vacation and tried to get his electrican to upgrade a service at one of the buildings he owns.
Owner bought 4 new panels and a 4 bank square D meter and wanted it installed.
His electrican did not feel like finishing a 4 meter service. This is what it is left like with no good layout as to placing the panels and refeeding the circuits. My boss and I are stumped as to what the guy was thinking. He tried to power the service which cut from the service drop and could not bug into due to hearing sparks and wire making sounds in the couduit feeding the meter.
He tried to temp in the 2 panels for the 4 apartments cause he wanted to get the hell out of there. Only powered some of the apartments back up and some had no power at all in 90 degree weather. Only left one of the phases hook up outside (wish I too a picture of that mess too) with the neutral. Feed from the service line was not even safed off.
Check out the pics and see if it can take you a few hours to fix and find what circuits go to what apartment. I just want to pull everything off the wall and do it right. I know I am not great but even in my worst day I could not even think of doing something like this.
I know I am leaving a lot of things out about the story so if ya got any questions just post them.
"HORRIBLE" is the word that comes to my mind when I look at this mess. Someone's gonna have to spend a lot of time ringing out all of these circuits and figuring what goes where. Time to start from scratch.
I'm interested in those meter cans. Is the power supplied to them from appears to be some kind of duct behind them?
What was originally connected to the wires sticking out of those nipples beneath the first two meters?
Re: Fixing a Mess that Someone Left#110867 07/16/0609:50 AM07/16/0609:50 AM
As I usually say YUCK WHAT A MESS. i AGREE WITH THE OTHER REPLY. Start the whole thing over. I may be only a third year apprentice but the best and safest way to do this is to start over. Its the bosses licence that owns the place when you finish. No way did a electrician do this. Good luck and please charge accoringly.
Re: Fixing a Mess that Someone Left#110868 07/16/0601:46 PM07/16/0601:46 PM
Good point on the liability issue. Once you start working on it, you have to tear back all the way back to the point where you feel confident that there isn't any hidden violations that could land you in court. As far as neat and workman like, I doubt that all of that existing mc would reach any of the panels when they are routed and strapped accordingly. Might as well mount a trough close to the ceiling to catch all of the mc. Then install terminal strips to change over from mc to say stranded THHN. I would comment further on the other obvious, and numerous violations, but this is turning into a novel. (Next)
Luke Clarke Electrical Planner for TVA.
Re: Fixing a Mess that Someone Left#110870 07/30/0608:26 AM07/30/0608:26 AM
I love fixing up services like this one. I really do. In fact, I wish I could do a service every single day of the week! Set up your tools, some lights, a radio, and away I go.
I understand the person who installed this is competant. This explains why both panels are butt up against each other so it looks nice and neat. The question is, how nice and neat is going to look when the panel covers are put on and they overlap one another? LOL
Re: Fixing a Mess that Someone Left#110871 07/31/0601:16 PM07/31/0601:16 PM
You didn't happen to find the ashes from a sacrificed code book on the floor?
I would start by labeling everything and where it goes...or at least went. Then I'd start over with a nice new 4x8 sheet of plywood on an empty wall. Send the tenants for ice cream....for a couple days....