December 29, 2011Updating The Electrical In Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo
By Sara In AZ
I guess I have learned, in the process of remodeling this condo, that not all vintage things are “good”. Like old gas heaters, which we will discuss in a future post, and old electrical panels.
Mom and I were pretty much warned by everyone who saw the fuse box that we had better replace it pronto or we could have a BIG problem on our hands. I was waiting for it to just explode into a big ball of flames one day, that’s how scared of it I was!
Here is the “vintage” electrical panel in all of it’s glory.
We had a Zinsco panel and the electrician knew exactly what it was as soon as he saw it. He said they used these panels A LOT back in the day, but they are not really reliable for tripping the fuse in case you have a problem. He told us sometimes a fuse would only halfway trip, so then it would just be there smoldering. And smoldering, and smoldering………………………..and then – well you can guess what happens next.
So we pretty much said get this old panel outta here!!!
I never realized all the work and coordination that went into changing out and upgrading the fuse box. The electrician had to get permits, which took a while. Then he had to coordinate with the city to come out and inspect everything before we had any work done, then he had to coordinate with the electric company to turn off all the power and take the power lines down the day all the work was getting done, then the city had to come back and inspect! Sheesh! Here I thought they were just going to come and slap a new fuse box on the wall! Boy, was I ever wrong!!!
Here are said power lines disconnected from the condo.
While we were at it we also had them install an actual outlet in the bathroom, as the only outlet in the bathroom was was the single plug outlet in the bathroom light. Not really convenient for all of our modern day bathroom items like electric toothbrushes and blow dryers and flat irons etc.
We received a new, super tall, mast on the roof in the process of upgrading the fuse box.
Hmmmmmm, it’s almost just like a palm tree isn’t it! 🙂
And here she is, our pride and joy – the new fuse box!!!
Ahhhhhhhhh, yes much, much better.
You know what’s sad? Mom now has a MUCH better and larger fuse box for her tiny condo than I have for my bigger 1970s house!!! I think that’s pretty hee-larious!
Come back next Thursday when we start our painting extravaganza!!!