I love doing jobs like this. Nothing more rewarding than completeing a service like this and making the customer beyond satisfied with the work I've done. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say, "I wish I could do a service every day of the week" because to me that's the best type of work to do.
Re: Found this at an estimate#11936708/14/0505:08 PM
What's wrong with it? The description says that is EXACTLY the way it was found. I really think most of those panels should have covers. I did a rough count and got 50 fuses. A single 42 circuit box wouldn't quite replace that mess.
Re: Found this at an estimate#11936808/14/0505:47 PM
I'm partial to fuses myself. When I replaced the Federal Pacific ($%@^$) panel in my house a few years ago, I initially wanted to install a fusible panel. Due to the scarcity of them in my area, however, I could not find one of sufficient size, and I didn't want to cobble something together that looked like it had been added onto a dozen times, and went with Square D. This is an interesting setup, nonetheless, with a lighting panel (with switches), other panels with a combination of plug fuses and cartridge fuse pullouts (one pullout appears to be missing...?). I think the nastiest thing in this picture is the J-box in the upper right corner . Does anyone know what kind of business (?) this was found in?
Re: Found this at an estimate#11937108/15/0512:30 PM
If money were no object (hey, I can dream) and were the appropriate hardware available, I would go for a series combination of breakers and fuses, coordinated so that the breaker would trip on overloads, but the fuse would open on solid faults or breaker failures.
Fuses have benefits, but I've yet to see a GFI fuse, and overfusing because of nuisance tripping is a real danger; hardware failures are real, but human failures are even more common. With enough money, I'd want the best of both worlds.