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Refurbish the electrical panel

$200-$500 Est. time: 2 - 3hrs High
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Tasks and Notes

A
The panel cover only has two screws. Secure with additional blunt-tip screws.
B
Seal the two open knockouts.
C
Rust on wires and in panel box from possible leak at roof mast.
D
Correct double-tapped neutrals.

Description

Screws with pointed tips have the ability to puncture the plastic insulative sheathing that protects the wires in the panel from arcing, spark, or shock. They can cause the electrical panel box to conduct a current and will shock the next person to touch it.

Covering these empty gaps in the panel helps to prevent accidental shocks, helps to prevent hot sparks from escaping if something goes wrong inside the enclosure, and helps to prevent pests from entering.

Moisture is an electrical conductor, and as such should not be present anywhere near household electricity where it can shock people. Rust found inside the electrical panel is usually a sign of some kind of moisture intrusion, often via a crack in the rubber boot of the roof mast where electrical service comes to the house from the street.

Prevalent in older houses, double-tapped neutrals make it difficult/dangerous to troubleshoot future electrical issues and also pose a fire hazard.

We always recommend consulting a licensed electrician to handle any concerns related to your electrical panel. This is not the place to DIY!

If Not Addressed

Safety is the main concern here. Electrical accidents tend to be extremely hazardous and should be avoided at all costs.

Estimated Costs

We estimate labor costs for this project will be about $160-$350 and material costs of about $50-$150. These costs will fluctuate based on the actual conditions the electrician encounters. Request quotes from at least 3 professionals.

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