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Old 11-03-2013, 10:13 PM   #16
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Since you have a Zinsco panel, suggest you read up on how bad they are. See http://www.ismypanelsafe.com/zinsco_damage.aspx also http://inspectapedia.com/electric/Zinsco.htm

If that GE panel has its bottom rusted out, suggest replacing that one also. If you had an electrician come through and inspect stuff, I am surprised that they did not contact your power company to Red tag you, due to having the Zinsco panel, and the GE panel with the damage.

Your ceiling fixture, the Zinsco and GE panels are only a few "Easter Eggs" so far. You really need to put together a budget, get at least three bids, to not only replace the damaged GE panel, and that Zinsco Fire starter, but also to go through the whole electrical distribution system in that house, and fix any problems.

If that nice little Diy hack is there, as I stated before, who knows how many hidden junction boxes, or other nice treasures will be found, once you start really tearing into the electrical system. Most home owner insurance companies, will not even insure a property, if they have a Zinsco panel in the building, just like they will not insure for having Knob & Tube.

You really need to get the panels addressed first, then go through and fix all of these nice little treasures that the previous home owner left.

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Thanks!
The home inspector was basically useless...Especially when came to electrical. I've had a few electricians in and did get quotes on replacing the Zinsco & GE panels.
That said...I don't know what I don't know about shopping for new panels. Any helpful thoughts & guidance on shopping for new panels is be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:10 PM   #18
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I like both the Cutler-Hammer Classic and the Square D QO panels.

Install a panel with room for expansion.
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I like both the Cutler-Hammer Classic and the Square D QO panels.

Install a panel with room for expansion.
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What do you like about both the Cutler-Hammer Classic and the Square D QO panels?
What do mean exactly by "install with room for expansion"?
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Make sure there are unused slots in the panel to add additional circuits in the future.
AS for brand I would go with what your electrician normally uses.
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...Your ceiling fixture, the Zinsco and GE panels are only a few "Easter Eggs" so far. You really need to put together a budget, get at least three bids, to not only replace the damaged GE panel, and that Zinsco Fire starter, but also to go through the whole electrical distribution system in that house, and fix any problems.

...You really need to get the panels addressed first, then go through and fix all of these nice little treasures that the previous home owner left.
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How urgent is it that I replace the Zinsco main panel before moving forward wiring the ceiling fan?
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After removing the old HEAVY ceiling fan, I have one double white wire coming out of the ceiling, which splits into two (see last 2 pics). One side was connected to the old fan's one green wire & one white wire. The other side was connected to the old fan's one black & one blue wire.
This description isn't consistent. You are saying that the wire is connecting fan wires to fan wires. But then you're saying it's coming out of the ceiling. That doesn't make sense.

If that cord was used by someone to connect fan wires to fan wires for some reason, then it's probably OK, because that wire is actually heavier gauge than the internal fan wiring. (Obviously it's never a good idea to use the wrong color wire, but that doesn't make it unsafe per se.)

If that cord was used to bring in the supply wire to the box, then it's not OK.

You are most likely going to have a relatively easy time of it since you can access the attic, and clean up that alleged mess.
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What do mean exactly by "install with room for expansion"?
When you are done, it should look something like this
http://cdn2.brewersfriend.com/shed4.jpg

Not like this
http://img.wikinut.com/img/3x-ghub04...ker-panel.jpeg

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