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Can You Put The Cover Back On?? #163393
05/07/07 04:10 PM
05/07/07 04:10 PM
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I came across this one today, the homeowner asked if I could put the panel cover back on.

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Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: Admin] #163405
05/07/07 06:08 PM
05/07/07 06:08 PM
CTwireman  Offline
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 840
Connecticut, USA
Look on the bright side. At least they used wire nuts instead of "twist and tape."

Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: CTwireman] #163415
05/07/07 08:36 PM
05/07/07 08:36 PM
mamills  Offline
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 745
Wharton, Texas, USA
That CAUTION tape is really an understatement!!

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Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: mamills] #163421
05/07/07 09:19 PM
05/07/07 09:19 PM
LarryC  Offline
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 783
Winchester, NH, US
So..... is there remote power switch for the furnace or was that it?

Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: Admin] #163428
05/08/07 12:18 AM
05/08/07 12:18 AM
EV607797  Offline
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 745
Fredericksburg, VA, USA
So, did you put the cover back on? Seems like all that would be needed is some longer screws crazy!

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! laugh


"But the guy at Home Depot said it would work."
Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: EV607797] #163591
05/11/07 04:37 PM
05/11/07 04:37 PM
BigJohn  Offline
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 391
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.


Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: BigJohn] #163593
05/11/07 05:17 PM
05/11/07 05:17 PM
Flux  Offline
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 14
Ripping the whole thing out is uncalled for.. But certainly alot of things in that mess need to be taken out and replaced.

Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: Flux] #163597
05/11/07 09:39 PM
05/11/07 09:39 PM
ayrton  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 201
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.

Last edited by ayrton; 05/11/07 09:42 PM.
Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: ayrton] #164602
06/07/07 12:13 AM
06/07/07 12:13 AM
yaktx  Offline
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 288
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.

Re: Can You Put The Cover Back On?? [Re: yaktx] #164613
06/07/07 08:26 AM
06/07/07 08:26 AM
NORCAL  Offline
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Posts: 882
The main is a old Crouse-Hinds/Murray.

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