This is a 5 part Series covering the procedure for considering a rewire of an older home and the steps we take to rewire a home. We have also answered a few common questions.
To even start the process you need to think of a couple of things first; like where do I start, well . . . thats easy. The first thing any good Electrician is going to do is to start outside at the meter base, we will asses it and see if it has grounding, exterior disconnect, the right size conductors up to the utility, the condition of those conductors, and are they falling apart, are they showing the wire, is the insulation in good shape, and if there is any grounding and its condition.
Disclaimer: This is meant as an informational blog only, as always contact your local licensed and insured electrical contractor to work on your home and business.
Lets talk safety again, can you see a problem in these photos?
The problem is there is no clearance for the Electricians to work on the meter. What happens if the meter starts sparking? Oh my goodness, then you have your AC unit on fire also! Plus the heat from the AC unit going can heat up the meter. Electricians need room to work. There is actually code on this, from the NEC Code Book – “For equipment serving between 120 volts and 250 volts, the regulations require a minimum of three feet of clearance. The width of the working space in front shall be 30 inches minimum or width of the equipment. The OSHA standard (29 CFR1910.305 (d)) requires a dead front on electrical panel boards.”
There are many times Electricians have to wade through boxes or storage containers or outside equipment such as wheelbarrows, lawn mowers, hoses, etc to get to the panel/meter or box they are working on, which causes an unsafe environment for them. Also, again, if there is sparking coming from the panel or meter or electrical box and it sparks and hits a cardboard box in your storage area, then you have bigger problems then a light or outlet not working.
So, lets keep it clean for your safety and ours!
Disclaimer: this is an information blog, not meant as a how to, please always call your local insured and licensed electrical contractor to work on your electrical!