Rewiring a 200 Amp electrical panel

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by Ian Gills, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    My 100 amp electrical panel is messy with all the wires that have been added over the years.

    When I pay a licensed electrician to upgrade this to a 200 amp panel, will they make the wiring neat again?

    I have seen some very neatly wired panels out there.

    And yes, I am not referring to code compliance, just tidy cabling in the panel.

    Opinions please.
  2. Jeff1

    Jeff1 New Member

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    I just had a panel replaced and the electrician made all the wires very neat. Maybe it depends on who does the work?
  3. jar546

    jar546 In the Trades

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    why bother. are you bored? what amperage do you actually need? did you do a load calculation on your house?
  4. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    Smaller panels tend to look like crap quickly. The panel in an average 100-200 upgrade usually winds up looking nice due to the added space.

    I have done 200-200 change outs that wound up looking terrible in my own opinion because of many circuits and old wiring.

    Bottom line is only your electrician can answer this question.
  5. Billy_Bob

    Billy_Bob In the Trades

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    Many moons ago, I used to work in an electronic product development area. The engineers would create a new electronic product and it would have a "rats nest" of messy wiring.

    It worked fine.

    Then they would "clean it up" and run the wiring neatly for the final production design.

    Many times it would no longer work!
    (Of course when rewiring it, someone connected a wire wrong... :confused: )
  6. Alectrician

    Alectrician DIY Senior Member

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    I would hope so.

    When I change a panel I always strive to get the wiring organized and accessible.



    Sometimes I will take the time just to clean up a messy panel even if I am not changing it. A little common sense and some wire cutters will do wonders.
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