(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: 50 year old electrical service enterance

  1. #1
    DIY Member luc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Quebec, Canada
    Posts
    61

    Default 50 year old electrical service enterance

    We are doing some renovations in our 50 years old building and I would like to know if it would be a good idea to redo the electrical distribution.

    Thanks,
    Luc

  2. #2
    Remodel Contractor GabeS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Brooklyn NY
    Posts
    294

    Default

    If the electrical is inadequate, it's always a good idea to rewire.
    Gabe

    Don't follow my advice, I only know a thing or two about a thing or two.

  3. #3
    DIY Member luc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Quebec, Canada
    Posts
    61

    Default

    Thanks GabeS for the reply.

    How about the panelboards? What is usually the service life for the breakers, panleboards, and transformers?

    Luc

  4. #4

    Default

    50 years, it's time to upgrade.

    It is rare to find equipment from 1959 that is in good shape.

    MOST of the damage to the system comes frome 50 years of uinqualified people adding on crap.

    It's time for a new service, panels and grounding/bonding. It's also a good time for GFCI breakers on any ungrounded recep circuits. Also, do a check of your ceiling light jboxes. 50 years of 100 watt lbulbs will really cook the wiring.

    Add smokies too.

  5. #5

    Default

    I would redo the electrical if there are problems. If breakers/fuses blowing. Too many things on the same circuit. No grounded outlets. Etc.

    Or if there are not any problems now, but you plan to add additional electrical loads in the future.

    Or for better surge protection (grounded outlets) of electronic gizmos and maybe whole building/house/whatever surge protection.

    Or if small children around, modern electrical systems are much safer with GFCI protection.

    Or just because you need to bend the prongs of plugs to get them to work in the old outlets and this is a daily irritation!

  6. #6
    DIY Member luc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Quebec, Canada
    Posts
    61

    Default

    Thank you all for your answers. I will try to get an electricien or inspector to look at the wiring/panels and give me their reccomendations.

    Luc

  7. #7

    Default

    50 year old service.



    Upgraded service.



    Side by side


  8. #8

    Default

    Much nicer!

    And plenty of extra slots for the future. That's the way to do it! (Thinking ahead....)

    When done, get the electrician or someone to remove the old service mast and panel. You can get a metal cutting blade for a circular saw at the hardware store and cut right through it. Then cover hole with roofing cement.

    It is so easy to remove these, I don't know why people leave them up???

  9. #9
    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Posts
    25,602

    Default panel

    Once the electrical system is disconnected from the old panel ANYONE can remove it, you do not need an electrician to do it.

  10. #10

    Default

    It is so easy to remove these, I don't know why people leave them up???
    Come on....I didn't leave the old one up

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •