Just finished an inspection of a home in the midst of being renovated by the seller–an electrician. Most everything is a “work in progress” and will never be completed by hime, as he and his wife are divorcing and selling the house (might be a reason for all the discord )
Anyway, when the electrical was done, an old Federal Pacific panel was disconnected. Then the new service entry was installed in an addition to the house–200 amp. This panel has few circuit breakers–mostly directed to the 23 rooms of the addition, but has a 150 amp common trip which appears to be directed at to subpanel in the original/remote basement (which only has an exterior entry and is cluttered beyond belief). This subpanel has a 200 amp main breaker and most of the individual breakers to the rest of the house.
Did I say the subpanel has no cover? Did I say that there’s an exterior lighting panel installed just above ground level when the box says it should be a minimum of a foot off the ground? (Yes, plenty of rust) And another federal pacific outdoor box in a location I can best describe as a man made cave (underneath rusted steel I-beam supported hillside backyard patio) which has exposed wires.
Clearly an electrician to NOT recommend. But, would the service to the subpanel still be considered 200 amp, even though the common trip from the main is 150? The whole thing smells wrong to me. Buyers are going in with eyes wide open, but…