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Old 07-28-2019, 11:33 PM   #1
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funky wiring in garage. Is this a hazard?


previous homeowner was an electrician and added all kinds of funky wiring inside the garage.

Is this a hazard? code violations?

tenants might one day touch the wires and get zapped.

There's an open box with a transformer in it. I have no idea what it's for.

connects to the secondary circuit breaker
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If it's a transformer ? then it's probably extra low voltage ie 12v.
Maybe a doorbell ?
So the rules could be differant for ELV
who is familiur with code for L A ?
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It appears to have a pretty heavy primary, so, yes, it should have a cover. You can probably take the dimensions to a tin smith and have one made. The breaker panel appears from what I can see to be a push-a-matic panel by Zinsco and needs one blank out plate on the right side. It really needs replacing, but not right now.
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Too many wires in there to be a doorbell. Could be anything. low voltage lights, sprinkler zones, security system?
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Turn off the breaker feeding it and see what if anything no llonger works. Can you trace the flex leaving the box?
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From what I can see, the large red cables are multi-conductor low voltage cables. The 120 volt primary power to the tranformer is fastened to the terminal block on the extreme left, via a black and white conductor. I agree, most likely a sprinkler controller abandoned. JMO
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most likely a sprinkler controller abandoned.
Yep, that would be my guess. The thin multi-colored wires on the terminal strip are consistent with an irrigation system. 24 volt transformer I would guess.
Looks like it once had pegboard covering it up. Either cover it, or have it removed all together.
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thanks guys. that makes sense.

There used to be a sprinkler system decades ago that no longer exists.

good to know it's not that big of a hazard.

I could probably salvage that transformer and use it for something else.
It sticks out of the box, so I couldn't get a cover to fit.


This is what the conduits look like above... Most are just powering other things in the garage.
and a close up of inside the open box.
there's "110v" written in there, so there actually might be more than just a sprinkler power source in there ? Looks like heavy gauge wire.
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I would disconnect it at the breaker and pull the wires out of the panel. Then you can remove the transformer, the box and all the wires.
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The thick red sheathes with many small wires would be low voltage running to the solenoid boxes. I see two cables, so possibly there was 2 zones at one time. But the transformer is being supplied with 110 volt, so there is some amount of hazard there. Also exposed wires from breaker box to terminal strip. Not sure myself what a yellow wire indicates.
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The thick red sheathes with many small wires would be low voltage running to the solenoid boxes. I see two cables, so possibly there was 2 zones at one time. But the transformer is being supplied with 110 volt, so there is some amount of hazard there. Also exposed wires from breaker box to terminal strip. Not sure myself what a yellow wire indicates.

The thick red cables look to have 4-5 wires each, both exit the top FMC along with a 120v circuit.

Very strange.
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push-a-matic panel by Zinsco
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AFAIK, Pushmatic breakers were made by Bulldog, bought by ITE, later acquired by Siemens.

Id replace the obsolete Pushmatic panel with a modern panel.
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