Joe: Are my eyes failing, or is this two different boxes? The first pic is a "tall" box in a brick wall with block at the very base. The second pic is a "wider" box, and it appears to be in a block wall. The contents appear to be a terminal block of some sort. John
Re: Store Front Emergency Switch Box #104305 01/24/0304:52 PM01/24/0304:52 PM
This is a picture of another box nearby. That is a so called "No Arc" switch, and when the cover was installed and could not be removed with a tool, the firefighter used the AX to break it because it was made of cast metal.
Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant
Re: Store Front Emergency Switch Box #104307 01/24/0304:57 PM01/24/0304:57 PM
I think I saw a variety of this a number of years ago when I was in San Antonio TX. They were made by Killark and appeared to be some sort of "interface" box between the POCO and the wiring/equipment supplied by the building owner. Never have seen the inside of one, though. There were various sizes, some large enough to contain fuses, and others which might have contained only lugs. They were surface mounted in all kinds of positions - right side up, sideways, upside down...
Thanks for the pics.
Re: Store Front Emergency Switch Box #104308 01/24/0304:58 PM01/24/0304:58 PM
Joe, are these seen a lot in Boston? I wouldn't be surprised considering the number of old houses there.
Seems like a good safe way for the power company to disconnect your service for non-payment or if you need to do major work in the building - like replacing a fuse box or something and are like me, too chicken to work on live wires .
I'm still amazed there are gas lamps on the street in some areas of Boston - or at least they still were back in 1996 when I visited.
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Re: Store Front Emergency Switch Box #104309 01/24/0307:48 PM01/24/0307:48 PM