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  1. #1
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    Default Electrical issues at my home

    Hi there,
    I have all my electric wires at the living room all messed up, I want this to be sorted with a panel cover so that it stays safe and neat. I do not know if I could do this all myself. Has anyone done this alone ?
    I have got suggestions by certain professionals for doing this work by them. One of the professional who contacted me was Link removed
    Got any other proposals or should I do it all myself ?
    Last edited by chrisb; 03-07-2016 at 11:15 AM.

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    What exactly is the problem you are having? Please be detailed, otherwise there isnt much we can do to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr T View Post
    What exactly is the problem you are having? Please be detailed, otherwise there isnt much we can do to help.
    In simple words, I want to get my electric panel replaced so that the entire wiring system gets protected from any kind of incoming surges.

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    The most common problem when people describe surges is a loose neutral. This allows half of your circuits to go high in voltage and the other half to go low. How high and how low are based on the load on each leg of power coming into your house. If this is your problem, it may be the line coming into your house and the power company usually will look at that for free. If it is between the power meter and main panel, then you may need to fix it. If you're only having trouble with certain circuits, you could have loose neutrals on shared neutral circuits, or just just poor splices. There could also be utility issues (e.g. bad transformer) that is giving you brown outs. Again, the power company will fix that.

    Yes, people can do this themselves, but a panel change is an intermediate level job. With the way you're asking questions, I would say you need to hire someone if this is what you're trying to fix. Or else go read some books and study things for a while until you think you can tackle the job.

    If you're not experiencing any dimming or brightening of lights, equipment isn't being damaged, but you're just paranoid about surges, you can get a whole house surge suppressor and stick it in your panel like a circuit breaker. That is an easy job, but you still need to understand basic electrical safety. You won't be able to find these for some older panels however. Can you post a picture of your electrical panel (ideally with the cover removed so we can see how good or bad it looks inside)?

    Are you experiencing any dimming or brightening or any specific problems?
    Mark
    Kent, WA

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    Also, unless you have a service disconnect at your meter, you will have to have your utility company pull your meter in order to replace your panel. You very likely will be required to have your electrical inspected (and pass) before your power will be turned back on. You may be required to update your entire house to code in some cases, depending on the amount of work you do. Check with your inspector before you start anything, this isnt something you want to find out about after you already started your work (stock up on candles).

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    Is it uses a wireless remote so the original wall switch was removed and wired together ?

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    I think professional help is good.

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