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Old 08-21-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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I have found a home with a very rusty electrical panel. Surprisingly, the whole house electrical system works. I was thinking in a safe and cheap way to repair this. Cheap because this is a "charity work" for a person who can not afford a big expense. I was thinking in removing the breakers and the bars, cover all the cables so they dont get damaged. Sand the inside of the box, and paint with rust oleum. Then, install new bars and breakers ( maybe 8 breakers and leave the rest (cables and sockets) as is.

Is this possible? What will a pro do? (I know that I will be disconnecting the main fuse first). What is more cost effective? I am fully open to any suggestion ideas, and I will try to add a picture.

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Old 08-21-2012, 09:54 PM   #2
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It's a small panel, so I'd label and then pull all the leads out, gut the panel and repaint it as you mentioned. Have you priced new panels of that size, they really aren't that expensive. Time might be better spent replacing the panel. BTW, that picture you posted sucks!

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Old 08-21-2012, 09:56 PM   #3
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OK, I took a better look at your picture and zoomed in a bit. That panel is trash, replace it!
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Replace it and use the time for something else.
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Is this a house your looking to buy? iNot sure what you mean by "I found a house".
How did the box get rusty in the first place?

Just by the questions your asking you have no business messing with it.
This one can kill you if even if the wrong thing is touched.

Just by looking at that tiny hard to see picture judging by how small the box is I'd bet there's goiing to be some other issues with that wiring.
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Sorry for the picture, but the website says max 100 kb file (upload). How I do a full replacement of the panel without modifying the wiring? (the house is of concrete, so removing the box will be a task by itself)
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I readed again your answers and decided not to work on it. Will leave it to a pro and if I'm asked, recommend a full replacement. Thanks!
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Wise choice and the right one ...

In the mean time I'd try to see if there is moisture entering that load center enclosure. If you can find the source that might be something you can repair.
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Time for a new service ,complete.

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