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[ale] OT: Electrician needed



The National Electrical Code (NFPA70) requires that the power to the 
building or dwelling be able to be turned off with no more than six 
breaker or switch operations.

In other words, if all the power can be turned off by opening no more 
than six breakers, you are in compliance with the current code. If the 
house was wired and inspected under a previous code version, it is 
grandfathered in, unless you have to do something which alters the 
installed distribution panel (such as replace it, or replace the bus 
bars, etc.).

The device they were trying to sell you was a main breaker, which isn't 
required unless you can't comply with the Code as it was when your house 
was built, or if you have to upgrade the panel.

Dan

George Carless wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 10, 2006 at 11:28:39AM -0500, H P Ladds wrote:
> 
>>How was the service -- still good?
>>
>>When I've used them they were: careful not to track dirt around the house,
>>courteous, quoted price was the actual price, etc.
> 
> 
> Yep, same.  The only thing I would say is that they tried quite hard to 
> sell me on a master breaker switch for the breaker box (not sure of 
> exact terminology), which had something like a $280 sticker price; I 
> passed for the time being (anyone have any thoughts on whether this is 
> something worth bothering with?) -- but otherwise they were as you 
> describe, and I'd not hesitate to recommend them.
> 
> --George
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