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How to Upgrade an Electrical Panel for an Older Home


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Installing a New Electrical Service Panel: Upgrading a Fuse Box or Upgrading a Home Electrical Panel. One of the most important renovations or upgrades for an older home would be to replace the main electrical service panel. Depending on the size of the home the new electrical panel will be at least 125 amps.

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Electrical Question: How should I upgrade a electrical fuse box to a circuit breaker panel?

I purchased an old home that I would like to renovate.

Question: Would it be possible to put the circuit breaker box on the back exterior of house, and if so what type breaker box would be required. The current panel box is 150 amp and for this small house is already sufficient.

This electrical repairs question came from: Chris, in Richmond, Virginia.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Chris.

Installing a New Electrical Service Panel

Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, Not Recommended for Homeowners.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools and the various power tools necessary for the electric panel upgrade.
Estimated Time: Depends on the exact type of the existing panel or fuse box, the replacement panel to be installed, the original wiring methods that were used for installing the existing wiring, and available access to the project area.
Precaution: This is an extensive project that should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor and typically requires specifications in accordance with the local utility company or electric service provider.
Notice: Making changes to the Home Electrical Service Panel should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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