Originally Posted By: rray
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Considering all the marvelously good locations that were available in this basement (basement in San Diego?), the installer almost had to install it here just as a joke to see if anyone would notice. Buyer (who had some electrical experience) was incredulous. He had not noticed the panel until I pointed it out to him. He walked right under it while I, at 6’4" walked into it.
Good catch on Neil's part about the three Romex coming into one knockout; all three were crimped badly.
Also, in analyzing this as a subpanel, the main power coming in was stranded aluminum. Nowhere else in the house could I find stranded aluminum. Considering the location of the panel about six feet from main power supply to the house and the meter, I guessed that this panel had been tapped in somewhere in front of the meter and main panel.
I found out today that electrician was not too happy about the placement, and, yes, the panel was tapped into the electric before the meter. Seller claimed that her electrician son had installed the panel back in the '70s and put the new panel in only a few months ago. Considering that this panel had most of the house equipment wired to it, imagine 30 years of free electricity to most of your house!
Home inspections. . . .
One home at a time.