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What's your opinion of these in-use old panels. Most are Walker Electric Company (WECO) Atlanta.

Yes, all are in use. I have seen not this type of GE main disconnect before. Any input there would be appreciated. All are circa 1950. This was a world class high strength long life facility when it was built (built to withstand bombs and has vault to secure the president if he is in town when and if we were bombed while he was here)

I already know how I am handling it all; but a second set of eyes and the experience of others never hurts.

Besides - this is fun stuff - very rare

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There are a number of 200 amp fuse pulls, with the wire handles. The GE main is an 800 amp disconnect. That looks like the type of setup you would find in a commercial building or a multi residential building.

Do you have more pics of those terra cotta blocks? Any cracks in those?

It would be better if you rename your pics so that the whole world can't see the address. Not that it matters to us, but the owners might object someday. [:)]

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Great pictures. Thanks for posting them. As I was looking through the pictures, I could actually smell that old-electrical-equipment odor that I love.

The only input I can offer is that it's wonderful old equipment, but it's antiquated and obsolete today. If they're running serious loads through those panels, they should be replaced soon.

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You are probably familiar with the NFPA study:

http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/pdf/re ... report.pdf

Recent studies have shown that the frequency of fires in residential electrical systems is disproportionately higher in older homes.

I don't know if they needed a study for that but I warn my clients that the older the electrical stuff, the greater the fire hazard. Time invites deterioration, misuse and abuse.

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Just for some additional info, the Walker gear later became part of the I-T-E Circuit Breaker Company, which later became I-T-E Imperial Corp, before being bought by Gould Inc in 1976, after a few more name changes it's now Siemens.

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You know that old adage about 'exercising your breakers' ? Well, I'd say 75% of all 'oil burner emergency shut-off switches' I see 'don't work anymore'.

Reason: They don't get used.. they fail.. if not used (or exercised).

Old panels are not great .. .there is a reason they recommend upgrades after 40 or so years.. :)

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