Our 55 year-old house still runs on fuses . We have never upgraded to
a circuit breaker . We hardly ever blow fuses (it's been years
actually). We even run our heater and air conditioner off an
individual fuse box installed 25 years ago. We have an electrician
coming out to give us an estimate to upgrade to a circuit breaker, but
since we've made the appointment we've heard from two people who say
fuses are better and why bother spending the money if we don't have
any problems. Thoughts ?
OK, _WHY_ did you do this, then?
Unless you're intending or needing to upgrade service from (say) 100 to
200A in view of an impending remodeling or other anticipated increased
loading or also replacing a 2-wire system w/ 3, what's the point?
Agreed. Unless your fuse panel is failing, rusting, has broken parts, or
lack of capacity, I would vote to stay with it. I don't think new fuse
panels are made, so any replacement would have to be a circuit breaker
Yeah, I was astounded to recently discover that appears to be the case
that there are apparently _none_ other than for very large industrial
applications any longer available. (I wasn't needing/wanting
particularly, just curious after somebody else had made the comment and
thought surely they could be had still even though not used much in new
re: "I was astounded ...thought surely they could be had still even
though not used much in new construction."
I, on the other hand, am not in the least suprised.
If I look at this from a supply and demand perspective, I can't see
enough demand to justify the cost of maintaining a manufacturing line
and/or storage facility for fuse boxes.
If there is an alternative device available (i.e. the circuit breaker
box) that will fit both new construction and upgrades/add-on
situations, it's cheaper to manufacture and store just the one device.
Well, I'm happy for you... :)
"astounded" was over the top to describe actual discovery
undoubtedly--"somewhat surprised" more nearly.
While your market analysis is generally true, I figured there would be a
continuing-enough demand there would have been _somebody_ still making
On Mon, 2 Nov 2009 08:38:50 -0800 (PST), against all advice,
If the people in your neighborhood wanted to increase the amount
of power available, they would have to go to a breaker box. I've
had them both, and the breakers are more convenient because they
can just be reset rather than replaced, but they aren't worth the
expense if that's all you want from them.
Howdya like that... we started playing guitar to impress the chicks and wind
up talkin\' fingernails with old men.
Possibly because they aren't blowing fuses since someone has already
overfused the old panel and it's a fire waiting to happen? A single 30A
edison base fuse feeding several 14ga circuits isn't exactly uncommon on
some old panels.
re: "we've heard from two people who say fuses are better"
Did they say why or was it just a statement that you didn't challange?
I'm not saying they're wrong, but I would certainly have asked them
for their reasoning.
Ive never seen a fuse fail to blow when it was supposed to, I have
never seen a fuse leave a circuit hot when I pulled it. I wish I could
say the same was true of breakers. I ve never seen anyone put a penny
behind a breaker either so they both have their advantages and
I'm not going to jump on any bandwagon one way or other, but what I will say
is that his old fuse box probably contains a high quality copper bus, and
most likely the replacement that he would end up with these days would not.
I sure some of you have seen loose fitting breakers corroding at the bus
because of the crappy materials and manufacturing shortcuts used too often
these days. But I could say that about a good many things besides
On the other hand, if he ever goes to sell, he will wish he had kept up
with some of the modernizing that almost everyone has done over the
How's that for undecided?
Both were told that by their electrician so it was second hand. They
couldn't specifically state the reason. We're not planning on selling
so maybe I'll leave things be. I appreciate everyone's thoughts.
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