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how to replace or repair residential electric service box? Answered

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seandogue (author)2010-04-14

Many communities regulations  REQUIRE use of an electrician install

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orksecurity (author)2010-04-14

Note too that, as with meters (and for the same reasons) these things may be equipped with tamper-detecting hardware....

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jeff-o (author)2010-04-14

I'm siding with everyone else here.  While it's safe enough to add a breaker yourself, replacing the whole box is a task best left for a pro.

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blkhawk (author)2010-04-14

I agree with everyone else. It is not a job for an inexperience person. Some building codes require that a licensed electrician replace electrical breaker boxes. I do not recommend that you perform this job yourself.

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lemonie (author)2010-04-13

What's wrong with it? These aren't usually devices that need repairing or replacing.
To do so you would probably need the power provider to isolate the supply and a qualified electrician to do the job before the provider re-connected.
You can work with these things live, but as other comments - you'd not have asked the question if you could DIY.

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RavingMadStudios (author)2010-04-13

Call your local utility and/or a licensed electrician. This is not something to tackle as a DIY project, unless you're trying for a Darwin Award.

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.   Yep. Even if you don't electrocute yourself, you have a very good chance of creating a fire hazard and/or shock hazard.
.  As ZEROGX says, if you have to ask (such a general question), you don't need to be messing with it.

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gmxx (author)2010-04-13

 I would agree. if you have to ask instructables how to do it, then you are not qualified to be messing with the system.

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