+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Hybrid View

  1. #1

    Default Blown circuits in very old 1913 Home

    Electric Sub-panel: Have searched everywhere. Any clue as to where it may be located in a re-wired 1913 house. Could it be located anywhere? Maybe on an exterior wall? Is there a way to locate it other than using a circuit tracing device?

    Typically would a small (under 1400sf) home have a sub-panel? I've blown a couple of circuits using a space heater and cannot seem to get the outlets working after switching the main and all breakers.

    So I'm thinking there must be a sub-panel unless the outlets were burnt? If it is possible that the outlets are ruined would it mean replacing just the outlets or also the wiring?

    Thank you,
    "Electrically Clueless"

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Posts
    666

    Default Re: Blown circuits in very old 1913 Home

    Do not know if you would have a sub panel or not but I would think that if you did you would have a breaker in the main panel marked "sub panel".

    Try this:

    In the main panel turn the breakers off and push them VERY hard to the off position before trying to reset them to the on position.

    Also:

    Any of the outlets near or in a bathroom? If so check ALL of the outlets in bathrooms, basement, garage and outside to see if they are a GFCI type of receptacle with test/reset buttons.
    Last edited by kentvw; 01-09-2008 at 02:58 PM. Reason: ....................Also

  3. #3

    Question Re: Blown circuits in very old 1913 Home

    Thank you for the advice.

    I had a strong person reset the circuit breakers.........no luck

    and we've also reset the GFCI's. Would there be a reason to have to reset all of the GFCI's? (Just in case we missed one)

    The re wiring job done on this house is the worst workmanship possible which I am sure is part of the reason we are having this problem.

    Any other suggestions?

    I'm thinking I'm going to need to get a circuit breaker locator to find the sub panel.

    Thank you again for responding to my questions kentvw

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Posts
    666

    Default Re: Blown circuits in very old 1913 Home

    The type of tester you would need to trace dead wiring behind your walls is a very expensive piece of equipment.

    IMHO you would be better off to purchase an inexpensive meter or tester for line voltage and test all of the breakers in the main panel first.

    Or better yet have an electrician do this for you. He should also be able to tell if you have a sub panel and locate it for you.

    You looked in the basement? (If you have one.) You checked the attic?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    The deep South
    Posts
    459

    Default Re: Blown circuits in very old 1913 Home

    Have you looked inside closets or other storage rooms ? These are convenient places to place a panel . The attic ? Crawl space ? Garage ? Stranger things have happened .

  6. #6

    Default Re: Blown circuits in very old 1913 Home

    I've looked up and down in every nook and cranny. I've moved furniture. There is only a very tight crawl space underneath the house and ~one foot of attic.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    731

    Default Re: Blown circuits in very old 1913 Home

    we also have a very old home with older circuits and no labels on our box either! when i was having many mystery circuits not working at the same time but the lights on the ceiling were it was very confusing. the mystery was solved when none of the 200 electrics would work. the electrician said we lost a leg or a lug or sonething becuase only some of the 100 circuits were working only every other one. mabe you have lost a leg too?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •