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David1971 03-16-2011 03:38 PM

Fuse Box Location and New Wiring
I recently bought a 100 year old home with what looks like 1950's-60's wiring. (cloth covered)
The fuse box was installed in the basement onto a ceiling joist about 9 feet off the ground and about 15 feet away from where the utility comes into the basement. (logs were actually used for the joists-it's amazing!)

Anyway...I have 60amp service to the entire home and wanted to do some updating myself if I could.

Is there anything in (Pa.) electrical code for required location of a fuse box? (Does it need to be mounted onto a wall?) and does a licensed electrician have to do this?

and also...can I use NM cable in the basement to replace all of the cloth covered wiring? All that I want to basically do is replace the old switched light fixtures with pull chain ones and add two or three new outlets upstairs.

Thanks in advance!

Saturday Cowboy 03-17-2011 05:31 AM

uh maybe you should start with a basic wiring book. but a panel upgrade is a pro thing.

jlmran 03-17-2011 06:17 AM

Check with you local authority regarding electrical work which is allowed/forbidden by homeowners.

Just Bill 03-17-2011 06:44 AM

What they said regarding local code. Some localities allow homeowners broad leeway as a DIY. Of course, you still need inspections and a permit.

New NM is fine to replace older fabric cable. But if there is knob/tube, that usually must be deactivated. You cannot add to K/T wiring. Basic min. anymore is 150A, with 200A better if you have a lot of high power electrical appliances.

EXTREME CAUTION on working with service panels. Nothing is fused from the pole to the main breaker, and the usual POCO feed is 400A+. Can you spell fried???

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