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04-04-2004, 01:02 PM
i am currently renting a house that still has a fuse box. will have enough juice to run a lincoln 135?
04-04-2004, 02:24 PM
Maybe yes, maybe NO.
How many wires are connected between the meter riser and the line coming from the utility pole?
Do NOT include telephone and cable TV in the wire count.
04-04-2004, 02:38 PM
i have three wires. some of my circuits are 20 amp some are thirty. thanks for the reply
04-04-2004, 02:53 PM
Since you have 3 wires, the presumption would be that the house has a 240 volt service. If the individual conductors (metal part) are the diameter of a wooden pencil, you probably have a 100 amp service.
We are discusing a similar situation in this thread,
and it might be easier if we continue the discussion there.
04-05-2004, 01:43 AM
There is a good chance the 30's are not installed properly. They could be a great danger. There is normally no use for 30A screw in fuses, only speciaL circumstances and never on general purpose recepts where you can plug stuff in.
Someone blow a 15 or 20 and put an oversized fuse in,,, way bad.
04-05-2004, 10:22 PM
How many fuses are there in the box? Can you show a picture of it? As Sberry implies, a 30 amp Edison type fuse sounds scary. Really old fuse boxes used 30 amp screw-in fuses for the the mains. The branch circuits were smaller. Maybe 6 fuses in the box total.:rolleyes:
There is nothing wrong with a fuse box if it was built to handle the loads. The only basic difference between a fuse box and a breaker box is the breaker box needs expensive breakers and the fuse box uses lower priced fuses.:D If the building is wired and fused for the loads, fuses or breakers shouldn't have to be replaced or reset only rarely. Only, in most cases, when an electrical device is overloaded, stalled or shorts out.
If a load chronically trips breakers, then a breaker might be a good choice, but a better solution is to use the proper size of wire for the load and fuse it for that. :)
You really need a circuit with a 20 amp fuse and nothing else running on that. If the wiring is really old it may not be safe even then. My brother-in-law was renting an old house and we were there for a holiday. He had his car's engine heater plugged into the light circuit to the garage. There was siding above the enclosed basement stairs and brown smoke started rolling out from between siding. The engine heater got unplugged right away.:eek:
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