My elderly mother in law lives by herself in a 1920s vintage house in NJ. A
handyman doing some minor repairs for her said the neutral bus bar in the
circuit breaker had corrosion on it and should be replaced. I live across
the country so can't look at it or evaluate the situation. However, there
are no electrical problems/symptoms in the house.
What are the risks/consequences of just leaving it alone? Can she wait until
(and if) electrical problems begin? Is this a fire hazard? She's planning on
selling the house soon anyway.
Alarming Keywords: elderly [easily taken to the cleaners], mother in law
[female], handyman [is this person an electrician?], no electrical problems
[if it works, don't fix it].
Get a picture of the electrical box including neutral bar and post it on
the internet if possible. Or electric company may examine it for free. Or
have a qualified electrician check out electrical box.
What other work is this person doing for your mother in law and what is he
"Savvy 1" wrote in message
Along the same lines - what was a handyman doing in the panel to start
with? Is he qualified to replace the neutral bar? I would suspect a scam.
Does she know anyone else that could look at it - like member of a church?
With it being NJ you need to seek a licensed electrician. As a tip, I
would always suggest seeking BBB listed people with sat standings.
Oh, and what eveyone else said too. ;)
tom @ www.donate-car-2-charity.com
You haven't given us enough information to really help. Can she get a
second opinion? Responses will be determined by the level of
corrosion. Why did the handyman happen to be in the panel to begin
with if there were no issues?
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