Originally Posted By: Dennis Bozek
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Yes Bill…that panel is a “Pushmatic” panel, whereas the breakers are pushed on or off. I still see some of them in use here in Ohio and for the most part, they are safe, just old. Replacement breakers for them can still be found but are costly. They are somewhat “hairy” to work on but if careful, they can still be used. Typically they are main lug only panels though, with some sort of main disconnect attached to them at some place after or at the meter. Unless the panel looks as bad as the one in the pics you sent, or the load of the house exceeds what the panel is rated for, I probably would not recommend replacement. However, some feel that the mere age of a panel would constitute it to be upgraded. Kinda sad when one thinks as we get older someone might recommend that we be replaced too
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