New User Hello - Old panel rebuild - photos coming? Some help old timer.

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by Vict1912, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. Vict1912

    Vict1912 New Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Thanks. It's nice to meet you guys and any ladies.

    I've got an old 1912 Victorian house. Vandalized about a year ago.
    The electric panel was removed down to the backplate. It sat on
    the house until 1 hour ago when it was removed to take it to
    some old timers to see if it can be rebuilt. 1975 was when it
    was installed.

    I don't need lots of power like A/C or lighting. I'm happy with
    clothesline and low speed drying.

    Lest you care. I'm degreed in Electronics and worked around
    most electron carrying materials since I was 3. We had rentals
    and I was a designer of laboratory instrumentation. I'm 56 next year.

    I was just wondering if there's a few residents here who would
    look at some photos when I get them. Let's see if we can
    determine the brand of what I've got.

    Thank you.

    I'll be here for you when you post says 0 replies.

    Andre in California.
  2. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    Nov 12, 2005
    You can post the pics but I think you would be far better off just picking up a new panel.....why you would want to go to all the trouble of trying to find parts for an old unit makes me scratch my head...
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  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    You may have trouble finding the innards for a 35 year old panel. What's more, it may turn out to be Federal Pacific, Zinsco, or Pushmatic.....( dinosaurs which should be summarily sent to extinction)

    We realize you have time on your hands, and I share your old-school attitude of "fix rather than replace". I can tell you that we are in a world that does not exist any more. Almost everything is disposable. Parts to fix old things often just don't exist.
  5. Billy_Bob

    Billy_Bob In the Trades

    Apr 2, 2008
    Go look at the prices of new electric panels. Not very much.

    And look at the price difference between a 10 slot panel and a 40 slot panel. Not much.

    Then you are going to need breakers. These would be easier to buy for a new panel than an old panel.

    Then there are now new types of breakers like GFCI, and AFCI which might not be available for an older panel.

    And newer panels have "whole house surge protection" devices which snap into a double breaker slot. You are not going to find this for an older panel.

    So basically you are looking at going to the store to buy a breaker and you can take your pick of several different types. The shelves are filled with breakers for your new panel. As opposed to their not having even one breaker for your old panel at *any* store you go to, and you waste an entire day driving around looking for what you need.
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