Who Can Post The Worst Panelboad Ever Found?

Originally Posted By: jtedesco
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Who Can Post The Worst Panelboad Ever Found? icon_lol.gif






Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant


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Originally Posted By: tallen
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MR. Jeffery Pope owns that category. icon_lol.gif



I have put the past behind me,


where , however, it now sits, making rude remarks.


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30 Oct 2003-- 29 Nov2005

Originally Posted By: Randy Flockton
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Found in a bathroom of a 1920's house in East Los Angeles... Installed by the homeowners "friend"..... Fed from a 35A "multibreaker" The cloth wire attached to the ground bus & exiting the screw hole in the back of the can goes under the house & "wraps" around a steel water line ![icon_eek.gif](upload://yuxgmvDDEGIQPAyP9sRnK0D0CCY.gif)

Idunno though... Joe's Wadsworth up there looks pretty sad!

-Randy


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Originally Posted By: jpope
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I guess that would depend on your definition of “worse.”


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Are we talking "unsafe. . . "

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Or just straight up "hammered?"



I've got more!


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Originally Posted By: jtedesco
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The burn marks were caused by a torch when the wires were soldered. This equipment was found in Nebraska in a refrigerator that served as the cabinet for this “Home Made” Panelboard! icon_lol.gif





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Originally Posted By: Gino Conner
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Wow Jeff, I love that first picture. Open live wires on the wall, and they even had enough nerve to paint over them. icon_rolleyes.gif


Joe, the home made panel is too much. Why would somebody even go to that much trouble?


Originally Posted By: jpope
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I'm told they are a rare find although I've come across three of them here in the Los Angeles area.


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Originally Posted By: rfarruggia
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Wow Joe, I am impressed. In my last house, I built just about everything myself, by hand. It took me 5 years. I even built my own refrigerator, hammered my own sinks, etc. (no schlock job either - I sold the place for 1.5 million), but the thought never occured to me to build my own panel. I am humbled. There is someone out there that is even cheaper/more anal retentive than I am. Now if he built his own cricuit breakers…


Originally Posted By: Blaine Wiley
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Maybe not the worst, but it sure ain’t good!


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Originally Posted By: Scott Wilson
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This great little loadcenter was the supply for an above ground spa.


It was mounted about 18" above the ground in a flowerbed, where it was watered regularly. icon_sad.gif


The cover was nowhere to be found.


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Originally Posted By: jfarsetta
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Maybe not the WORST, but certainly one of the scariest. This subpanel was found in the basement of one unit of a 2-family dwelling. Notice the space at the top of the panel where the cartridge fuses once sat…


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Originally Posted By: tallen
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Get your darn fingers out of there icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif



I have put the past behind me,


where , however, it now sits, making rude remarks.


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30 Oct 2003-- 29 Nov2005

Originally Posted By: hgordon
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This was what was running the sprinkler system until about a week before they put the house on the market.


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Originally Posted By: Randy Flockton
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Hmmm… Fused neutrals you say???










All from the same house... Tenant living her got nailed hard when she tried to turn the fusibe disco off!


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Originally Posted By: jpope
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Uh, somewhere in So. Cal. again Randy icon_redface.gif ? Maybe you and I should leave this thread alone before the Tourist Commission finds it



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Originally Posted By: jtedesco
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Fuse Adapter Removal Tool


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Be Careful:

The spring type hard wire on the outside of the adapter here can be cut off flush, making the removal of the adapter easy.

Some people will do that to install the correct size adapter for a 15 or 20 amp Type S fuse, and later after the inspection will remove the adapter to put back the "30 amp type adapter."

Suggestion: When your visual inspection is performed you should make it clear that the adapters were installed, and were used for the 15 or 20 amp protection of a 14 AWG or 12 AWG branch circuit conductor.

PS: I carried a short piece of a "broom stick" with a smaller tip to give the adapter a test by trying to remove it. If it was easy to remove I knew that the adapter was tampered with.

I know that you cannot do that for fear of disconnecting something on the line, but you could try it when the is an empty Edison base fuse-holder.


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Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

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Originally Posted By: rray
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I don’t know whether this counts as a panel board, but the circuits were labeled and were very accessible, being located deep inside the crawl space like they were. icon_lol.gif Unfortunately, there were no such labeled circuits in the electric panel. This was it.



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Originally Posted By: rray
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In our rainy San Diego climate, sometimes it’s necessary to provide protection for the panel. Hopefully I don’t have to say that we didn’t remove the panel covers to inspect it.


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Originally Posted By: rray
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This is my rustiest panel. Outer cover probably had fallen off about thirty years ago.


http://www.nachi.org/bbsystem/usrimages/more/ElectricPanel4.jpg


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