brian_j email@example.com wrote:
> My question is, should I buy a 20+ year old breaker to replace the one
> I have, or replace the whole panel with something that can be
> maintained (Square D etc)? One of the dealers I spoke with mentioned
> this old style being suceptable to causing fires.
> Any experience out there?
As someone who spent many years in the trenches
designing/applying/selling electrical distribution equipment let me
offer the following:
My employer considered the equipment you describe as something coming
from the bottom feeder sector of the competition and refused to
compete against them if they were specified on a job.
BTW, didn't lose a lot of jobs to them if a first line electrical
contractor was involved.
If you want to try to maintain 20+ year old equipment as described
above, you probably deserve whatever happens.
IMHO, a load center and some plug in c'bkrs are just not that
expensive, especially when you factor in the risk factors.
At a minimum, you get an up to date installation in compliance with