Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful
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Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!

Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

When To Replace Your Home's Fuse Box

Lee Hunt

Your fuse box, often hidden in the basement or some other out of the way area, is the control center for your entire electrical system. Even if you aren't having any issues with your electricity, it's a good idea to have the box inspected if it was installed before 1990 or if you are having electrical problems.

Outdated Boxes

Outdated boxes can pose a fire hazard, because they don't cycle off when the breaker becomes overloaded. The most common outdated fuse boxes were made by the Federal Pacific company, which supplied the boxes to builders from the 1960s to the 1980s. Common problems with these boxes include:

  • Failure to trip when the system becomes overloaded.

  • Power surges, which can damage the box or your appliances.

  • Potential fires, from surging electricity resulting in overheating.

It can be impossible to sell a home if you have one of the old, outdated boxes, because it won't meet inspection. If you manage to buy a home with one of these boxes, your insurance agent may not cover it or may require that you take on additional insurance. The best option is to replace the entire fuse box and avoid any future issues.

Inadequate Voltage

Most modern appliances and electronics require less amperage than those from the past, so it may not be an issue if you are wired for low amperage 100 or 120 volt service. Dryers, stoves, furnaces and air conditioners are the most common high-voltage consumers. You won't need to up the voltage if these are run off your gas service instead of the electric.

If you are running high-voltage appliances, you will need to replace the fuse box and replace it with one capable of delivering the increased volts safely. If you only have one or two high-voltage appliances, such as just the dryer, it's common to put this appliance on its own fuse box so you don't have to replace the old fuse box entirely.

Constant Tripping Problems

Tripped fuses are frustrating, and they can also indicate another problem in your breaker box. Poor grounding, bad wiring, or a faulty fuse are the most common causes.

If a fuse trips whenever you plug something new into an outlet, such as when vacuuming, the problem could be with the outlet, the fuse in the box, or wiring to the fuse box. If fuses tend to trip for no reason, chances are the issue is with the individual fuse or the fuse box. Getting the issue fixed quickly can prevent a fire hazard, while also minimizing the wear and tear on your electronics and appliances.

When it comes to the electrical systems in your house, caution is the best choice. Get the system inspected and repaired by a residential electrician, if necessary, as soon as you suspect a problem.