Updating fuse box
What it means: Because a junction box houses the splices where wires are connected to one another, a person could inadvertently damage the wires or get a shock. Solution: Spend a few cents to buy a new cover and install it with the screws provided. Solution: Contact the electric utility, which may replace the weatherhead at no charge. (Today's codes require receptacles within 4 feet of a doorway and every 12 feet thereafter.) Danger level: Minimal, as long as you use heavy-duty extension cords, 14-gauge or thicker.
What it means: Frayed wiring in the weatherhead (the outdoor fitting where overhead cables from the power line come into the house) is causing a short whenever the cables move. What it means: Heavy reliance on extension cords and power strips. (The thicker the wire, the lower the gauge number.) Undersize extension cords (16-gauge or smaller) can overheat and ignite a fire if loads are too heavy. Expect to pay an electrician about 0 per first-floor outlet and double that for second-floor work.
Member question: My house was built in 1965 and I need to update its fusebox.
How much will this cost, and will I need to prove that a Part P-registered electrician did the job when it comes to selling the house?
So, I started looking into what would be required to update my old electrical."......it's time to call in the right person for the job. I see you're posting from an @address, so you're in Canada...In Ontario, you'll need to have ESA inspect the panel change before your Utility will re-install the meter...One piece of advice that I encountered again and again when reading up on updating my old wiring is that, unless you’re experienced with electrical, you should probably get a pro to handle it.If you’re going to try to do some basic electrical work on your own, Isaac Hammelburger from Payless Power has some tips for staying safe.
What it means: A light fixture has a bulb with a higher wattage than the fixture is designed for. Solution: Stay within the wattage limit listed on all light fixtures made since 1985.