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Upgrading a Home Electrical Panel


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How does the old electrical wiring connect to the new electrical meter box? How to Upgrade Home Electrical Wiring and the Main Service Panel, Upgrading an Old Electric Panel with a New Circuit Breaker Panel.

Guide to Replacing an Electric Panel

Electrical Question: How does the old electric wiring connect to the new electrical meter box?

I am helping a friend replace an old bulldog electric fuse box with a 100 amp breaker box.

How can we tie in the two braided positive leads into the new electrical meter box?

This electrical wiring question came from: Kevin, a Homeowner from Waverly, Ohio.

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

How to Upgrade a Main Electric Service Panel

Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
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, 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.
Notice: Making changes to the Electrical Service Panel should be done according to local and National Electrical Codes with a permit and be inspected.

Upgrading an Old Electrical Panel with a New Circuit Breaker Panel

Some brands of electrical panels and circuit breakers have been known to have problems either caused by a the design or the methods used to install the panels. Some of these panels may require replacement to insure safety and reliability for the home electrical system. During the panel upgrade it would be best to improve any outdated wiring methods and materials as well.

  1. I would highly recommend replacing the old braided type electrical wring with new wiring.
  2. New dedicated circuits should be installed into the kitchen bathroom and laundry area of the home.
  3. Consider bring the home up to current Electrical Codes, at least one major area at a time.
  4. Safety devices should also be a high priority.
    • Smoke Detectors.
    • GFCI Circuit Protection or Receptacle Outlets.

IMPORTANT:
Be sure to plan and install these electrical wiring projects by permit and obtain all inspections from your local building department. All electrical projects such as this is best installed by a licensed electrical contractor for best results and to ensure efficiency and accuracy.

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