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    Default Service Disconnect. Fuses vs breakers

    I rarely see fuses in the servcie disconnect unless it is a very large home. This place was built in 52. Any thoughts on this system. The double tap is noted.

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    Default Re: Service Disconnect. Fuses vs breakers

    Nothing wrong with having a fused disconnect, they all used to be that way.

    Of course, though, there are enough problems in that particular one to call for replacement and re-wiring of the service mast and the feeders to the panel inside.

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    Default Re: Service Disconnect. Fuses vs breakers

    Jerry,
    What's wrong with the mast? You can't see it in the photo.


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    Default Re: Service Disconnect. Fuses vs breakers

    Mat,

    Not "the mast" but "the wiring in the mast" (i.e., "re-wiring of the service mast ").

    There is no insulated neutral in there, and with what looks to be "other than" service entrance cable, i.e., individual conductors, that solid copper looks wrong in both size and type (uninsulated).

    Then you have the multiple tap of copper and aluminum together.

    You also have the burned and overheated switch knife blades in their holders.

    And don't forget the feeder conductors going into the house used service entrance cable with an uninsulated neutral/ground and feeders require an insulated neutral.

    Then there is that white and black multiple tapped off the mains, not to mention that NM cable is not allowed to be used outside, even in conduit.

    That should do for an electrician to start working on it, then make everything right, which likely includes a new disconnect, which likely means switching over to a breaker disconnect.

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