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Aloha all from Hawaii! Just bought a 40 year old townhouse (six side-by-side units) with all aluminum wiring. Going to change the panel (old and rusted) to the same amperage (100amps) rating, and replace all wiring. Going to follow the same plan as before. Power goes to a meter and service disconnect on the outside of the building, then to my breaker panel inside my home.

Here's my question--do I need to change the the wire coming into the panel in addition to the new panel?

Much mahalo (thank you/with love in Hawaiian) to you construction experts!!! :):thumbup:
 

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i am not sure, i just know that the house we are getting ready to buy is going to be upgraded from 100 amp to 200amp as part of the sell, because i dont want less than 200 amps and the rest of the eletrical is out of date but the new main panel will be out side and the rest of the house will be updated at a later time.
 

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No, there is nothing that mandates you upgrade to 200A.
 

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No, not at all. A load calculation would determine this.
 
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unless your code is differnt i belive you will have to upgrade to 200 amp, and it would just make sense to upgrade anyway.
There is no such code. Kbuz is correct.
Please check your fact before giving advice like this.


In your case it was just a pre-sale strong-arm to get a free 200A upgrade out of the seller.
 
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Please don't make multiple threads about the same subject. threads merged.
 
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Did you buy 1 unit, or the whole thing?
In many places, an owner can not do electrical work on a multi family dwelling.
 

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Am upgrade from 100 amps to 200 amps may require replacement of the service entrance cable from the utility pole and/or the cable from the meter box to the panel. It depends on the thickness of those wires.

If the cables need replacing but are not, then you don't really have an upgrade.

In some cities the owner (without a license) may not do his own electrical work in a multiple dwelling unit even if he owns the whole thing.
 
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because the curent load center is a known fire hazerd, and some one install three prong outlets without accutal grounds. and there is a 60amp AC unit conneced to the primary disconnect box, which has long black fuses in it, with a small sub panel with two circular fuses in it. And we are not going to ask for the AC duct work that is on the roof to be insulated, or the roof to be recoated.
 

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There is nothing in the code or anywhere else that I know of that requires that the FPE panel needs replacement. Now, your insurance company may require it be replaced, but how is that the seller's problem? That is between you and your insurance company.

If there are actual code violations, then I agree that those should be addressed by the seller, but having a FPE panel is not a code violation.
 
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