Replacing my electric panel.
July 18, 2011 1:24 PM Subscribe
Upgrading electric wiring in an old house. Help me sound smart when I call contractors.
posted by zvs to home & garden (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in contract to buy an old rowhouse (from 1928). During the inspection, the engineer said the electric panel (vintage Fed Pacific) needed to be replaced. I've heard that FP panels are dangerous from many, many sources, so I'm taking him at his word and trashing it when we move in.
The currently installed panel is 100A, which I've been led to believe is pretty insufficient for most people's habits. When I replace the panel, is it as simple as installing one rated for higher amperage, or does something need to change about the house's electric service?
Should I buy the new panel myself, then hire the electrician to install it -- or buy it from the electrician? If so, how do I identify the panel I need?