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Old 02-07-2008, 05:44 PM   #16
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Goose...I'm visualizing the meter socket at my mystery panel..I ...THINK I meant the conductors from load side of meter to the lugs on the panel..problem..I do not think I have access to the load side of meter . .I mean at the Meter . .is that part not sealed?

I know I can get my Californian power co . .to pop it open..yank the meter and then I can replace the load side to lugs . .they cover line back up the pole to trans

I think I said it straight
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:56 PM   #17
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Np, you should not have access to the meter can. In fact, don't tighten the line side of your panel either. The only way to shut them off is to pull the meter. Have the power company come out and take a look at the lugs at the meter. Having been chided before for having homeowners messing about in live panels, I'm going to stop here. If the POCO doesn't find anything, let us know.
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:18 AM   #18
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roger that Goose . . .having swapped out enough rotten old panels . .my PoCo here does have a SOP..they'll be happy to pop the meter . .clean up their end of things . . .they'll even change out line side to my lugs at the service panel . .if I provide conductor . . .( I swap out the old AL )

Truth? . .I think its something I missed . .going back to this one today
. . .been laying here thinking aboutthe symptoms . .and I'll bet its a bad neutral . . . .this is a mobile home park...an older one . .the power pedestals do NOT have neutral bonded to ground

two coincidences combine . . one . .this went out when we had that bad storm . . and secondly . .when I went into that very panel to fix breaker and connections for some storm drain pumps . . .it coincided with this problem

will slow down...analyze more closly and learn something


got into this trade rather late in life . .nice that theres PLENTY left to learn

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Old 02-14-2008, 08:25 AM   #19
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I did break down and call out an electrician, He checked the main breaker(200 amp) and its the one that had been arching... also one of the 100 amp breakers showed signs of overheating... I got online and typed in zinsco breakers and a website popped up saying how dangerous Zinsco breakers are... and these breakers are not cheap... like $200 bucks each... I'm guessing to make it safer, to just have the panel replaced which could run up to $600 bucks... ANY THOUGHTS ON THE ZINSCO BREAKERS AND PANELS?
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:29 PM   #20
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It's easy for me to say this sitting in my living room, but have the panel swapped out. Go for a more reliable brand like Square D or Siemens. I know the money is a drag but it's a lot cheaper than the damage to equipment or (God forbid) loved ones.
On the upshot, it'll be cheaper than upgrading the service.
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