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Old 07-05-2013, 01:11 AM   #1
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Can someone give me some guidance on this job. My breaker panel is coming off or basically, has come away from my house. It was attached with screws into the wod sheathing.

Shouldn't there be a piece of sheet metal to protect the wood from the elements?

Anyhow, I want to reattach it but I can't take off a side panel to access two of the bolts. The electric company has a lock on it. So I can't take the bolts out to fix the panel.

Is this a job for an electrician. Do they have special keys to remove that lock?

I haven't called an electrician yet..




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Old 07-05-2013, 05:43 AM   #2
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In my area, 1 of 2 things would happen.
1) An electrician would cut the seal, make repair, contact POCO to reseal the meter.
2) The HO would pull a permit, contact the POCO and get a work request to pull the meter, the POCO would come pull the meter, repairs would be made, repairs would be inspected, and the POCO would come back and re-install the meter and seal.

I would call an electrician.

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Part of the reason it failed is because someone spaced that box out away from the wall which would allow water to get in behind the siding and rot the spacers, screws, and sheathing, no Z molding was used over the top of the box to deflect the water away from the top of the box, and it looks like the J molding was installed wrong.
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I would call an electrician.
I'd call whoever did that lousy siding job and tell HIM to call the electrician
...and then to fix the vinyly work as well
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I'd call whoever did that lousy siding job and tell HIM to call the electrician
...and then to fix the vinyly work as well
If I had to make a fair guess, that siding appears to have been there going on around 10 maybe 15 years.
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Gregzoll, you won the prize.

House was built in 1993. Assuming that's when the vinyl went up. Bought last month. Pretty much got a screaming deal - fixer upper.

I will call an electrician. Figured so. Wonder what it will cost me?

I will also be tearing down the vinyl and redoing the house.

Looking for a quality siding. I live in Phoenix. We reached 120 degrees the other day. My house is specifically in a rural farming area so there's alot of trees, but none on my place. No shade.

Everyone here typically puts stucco on their homes to defeat the heat. This house is 2x6 construction with cellulose walls. Really efficient. I really like the traditional look of siding. Would cement board hold up in the heat?
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I will call an electrician. Figured so. Wonder what it will cost me?
I will also be tearing down the vinyl and redoing the house.
The first visit by the electrician to open the box and then install the 3 or 4 new screws required to stabilize ... will cost a min trip fee or maybe even nothing at all if he is sure he'll be back to do the rest of the rest of the work you'll need/want done after or as the vinyl is replaced.
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When you redo the siding look at installing something like the MM10, but larger from Arlington. They can be grouped to get the size you need.

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When you redo the siding look at installing something like the MM10, but larger from Arlington. They can be grouped to get the size you need.

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I like that. But could the job not be done without replacing the siding? Wasn't planning that for a while.

I guess I would cut the vinyl around it and make shift some flashing for the guy to put the box back on?
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You might be able to slide the MMs behind the box and use long screws to secure to the structure. Some siding work might be required.

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