Wouldn’t really recommend you pull the pull-outs from an old panel. Reason being, they do sometimes “pull apart”, and you’ll have the handle and face of the pullout in your hand, and the guts will be stuck in the panel. Or worse, part of the guts will be on the handle yet, and part will be stuck in the panel. Pull it out at your own risk. Replacements are very hard to come by, since they are quite manufacturer and model specific.
Hmmm, I don’t. The sticker on the door of the panel would be the information you’d need. Probably older versions of HP Richter’s “Practical Electrical Wiring” would have some stuff. Published by Park Press since the 30’s.
Well said Marc I would also like to remind our newer Home Inspectors we do a visual Inspection.
I am a retired Electrician and I do not pull any thing like that apart.
Visual is as far as I go.
Any concerns in any equipment .
Recommend further evaluation by qualified person. …CRA…
( Cover Roys A$$)
If you’ve never seen a “main and range, plus four” fuse panel, you havn’t seen much. I’d say that style of panel was installed for much longer than any style of breaker panel you’ll ever see. We’re talking many decades.
Marc and I live in very similar areas, but in neighboring states.
I see (read: rip out) SO many of these things. He is correct, they were VERY popular in their day, which was a long day. Their use was widespread.
I think these split bus panels fuse were used extensively in the post WWII housing boom but the funny thing about that is sometime in the early 50s the “GI” guidelines called for breakers. The house my parents bought in 54 had an old SqD breaker panel and a grounded romex wiring method. My father said it was a GI bill requirement. I suspect the farther you got from DC the less it was enforced.