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    Default Tons of rust

    What would you say about this panel box. Inside the box was fine but ,as you can see, outside was #*%@/
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    Default Re: Tons of rust

    Is it near the ocean?

    The nearby meter looks fine but could have been replaced more recently or just painted differently... or at least painted at all.


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    Default Re: Tons of rust

    Anthony. i saw this on a home few years ago and the owner admitted he had used a cleaner on the siding that was not made for siding and it created the rust monster you have.


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    House is in Durham NC. Meter is fairly new. The cleaning thing does make sense as the rust is so uniform.


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    If it's just surface rust, I'd just sand it down and hit it with some Rustoleum.


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    Default Re: Tons of rust

    What would I say?

    "What a stupid place for a panel. What moron installed that?"

    But then around here they're never installed outside.

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    Interesting. Around here most are installed on the exterior. Something about giving the fire department the ability to kill power to the structure before spraying lots of water or crashing thru walls with energized lines.

    The most common installation is a meter panel with up to 6 throws supplying a distribution panel in the garage. Meter panel usually has range or oven, A/C units, and distribution panel. Occasionally dryer and water heater are in the meter panel.

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    Around here most of the service panels are located in the garage or in the master closet. Yeah, I know.

    If the service equipment panel is on the exterior, there must be some locksmith going around and sells everyone of those homeowner a padlock to go on the thing.

    I've taken boltcutters to a many of those padlocks to get inspection access.

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    Default Re: Tons of rust

    Here is an AC disconnect panel with similar problem.

    House was 26 years old in Durham, NC about 250 miles from the nearest coast.

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    Default Re: Tons of rust

    If the interior of the pannel is fine then the question would be is the exterior of the pannel OK. If the problem is lack of paint/sealer that caused the rusting? " recomend repainting/resealing".


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    Default Re: Tons of rust

    I call that a well maintained "patina"


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    I see panels like that allot around here in various stages. Most where on the west side of the home. The paint fades and becomes chalk "like" then rust appears. Haven't seen one rusted through yet.

    The paint on those panels are going to fade overtime just like the old cars you see in a field covered with a nice thin coat of protected rust.

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