I'm having a bit of trouble getting a grip on this....in pic#1 , on the right side, the silver tab behind the neutral bus..it that a line lug? Or the support post for the deadfront?
And if not, if it is as I think it appears to be, just the support for the neutral bus, why didn't the OP simply put a nut driver on the screws on the spot and fix it? I don't mean to be rude and I hope no one takes what I just said that way, but I think something's missing in the info on this one...
I do agree that it is indeed a big problem though, that floating bus will eventually get in trouble...
[This message has been edited by mxslick (edited 12-18-2006).]
Ok, this is Gould/ITE panel installed in '79. The silver tab behind is a plastic mount/isolater with the plastic threads stripped out. That is why it could not be bolted back with the existing hardware. Now that the semester is over the panel will be de-energized and everything bolted and nutted back in place.
The neutral bar is indeed floating and functioning. It was also in direct contact with the dead front so if the paint was to wear off there would a parallel bond in violation of NEC (250.30 I think).
[This message has been edited by VAElec (edited 12-21-2006).]