There is no doubt about it, things go better in combinations. Like beer and pretzels, Simon and Garfunkel, Butch and Sundance and Sylvester and Frank Stallone. Okay that last one may be a bad example. No question we like to have things in multiples. It's just more fun and often times simply practical. So while inspecting a house recently should I have been surprised to find a combo electric panel?
Actually, yes I was.
As I pointed out, many things are great in combos, but I find it hard to believe a combination fuse and breaker panel is one of the great ideas of the 20th century. Yet there it was in the basement of this 1965 split level house. I have little doubt this is the original electric panel in this one owner home, a rarity in and of itself.
Of course my first thought upon seeing this combo panel was that some do-it-yourselfer had "modified" the panel a la Tim Taylor. I was to soon discover that was in fact not the case at all.
Pulling the cover off the panel reveled electrical schematic drawings, known to most people as Egyptian hieroglyphics. Interestingly the label showed diagram symbols for fuses and breakers. The hieroglyphic, um schematic drawings also showed that this panel could be equipped with either fuses or breakers.
While this electric panels pairing of fuses and breakers was an odd couple, it seems it was meant to be.
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