How you notice these things, from where you sit, and I don't even
*see* it when I'm directly in front of it, I'll never understand.
You're right! It's dark outside now (and I buttoned it all up),
but, here is a large-format picture that I had taken earlier.
What would make that huge neutral get that hot so as to melt
the insulation to a caramel color?
Could it be as simple as that rusty screw?
I wonder how long you have been living in that house not knowing all
this? I never lived in a preowned house. I always had mine built to my
liking(custom built) and have blue prints for building, hvac duct work,
plumbing, electrical lay out in the house. When I do some work on them
I always mark them on the prints. When I sell the house, new owner gets
With the power off (and ideally the switch padlocked
shut) you might be able to loosen these screws, and
wire brush the wires, screws, inside the connection,
There used to be grey stuff sold, for protecting
aluminum connections. Noalox (NOAH=locks) is one
such. Might also be called Nocorode. (NO corrode.)
I'm not sure if it's any good. I've seen it in the
electrical department of pretty much any hardware
I don't know if a coating of heavy grease can be
used, or which grease. I know we used to use car
wheel bearing grease for auto electrical connections
like battery posts.
A *lot* of them are 100 amps!
I just went outside in the drizzle (our first rain in 8 or 9 months!)
with a flashlight to read the numbers off the breaker paddles:
1. Top left 240V mongo breaker is 100A (labelled rec room panel).
2. Top right upper 240V mongo breaker is 100A (laundry room panel).
3. Top right lower 240V mongo breaker is 100A (labelled pool).
4. Bottom left top 240V baby breaker is 30A (labeled garage/well).
5. Bottom left bottom 240V baby breaker is 20A (seems to be a spare).
6. Bottom right top 120V baby breaker is 15A (seems to be a spare).
7. Bottom right bottom 120V baby breaker is 30A (can't make out the label).
8. Bottom middle panel breaker is 200A (probably I have 200A service).
PS: Why they write these labels in pencil is beyond me.
Thanks for explaining that.
Someday, I'll get the courage to open 'em up, but for now, I'll leave 'em.
BTW, does the bottom left breaker in this picture look like a 220 to you
that is not connected to anything? (Is it a 220v spare?)
Also, why is there a single red wire in the top breaker?
(All the others had black wires coming out.)
The only red I've seen in the past was for the switched hot wire of a
switched lighting circuit.
I noticed there is no red wires going into any of those 2-inch holes:
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