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novadog

01:36PM | 05/09/12
Member Since: 05/09/12
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Bvelectrical
I am in the process of buying a completely renovated house that has "all new electric".
When the inspector removed the front plate from the electric panel there was clear damage to the exposed part of the bus.
I was told that during installation a ground wire touched the live bus and caused an electrical arc and damage.
We asked to have the panel or just the bus replaced.
We were informed that the electrician tested every component and there should be no problem.
Although the open connectors on the bus look discolored and somewhat uneven they should accept an expansion breaker.
Does anyone have an opinion on whether this could be legit?
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LarryG

06:55AM | 05/10/12
Member Since: 07/22/04
511 lifetime posts
It makes you wonder what other surprizes there are that the inspector can't see. Nothing was said until he took that cover off right? Anyway bottom line is the box is compromised and should be replaced to be right.

andrew10

03:54AM | 05/16/12
Member Since: 05/11/12
2 lifetime posts
These electrical inspection suggestions are not a complete inventory of all electrical safety procedures nor of all electrical components that should be inspected; these notes focus on identification of conditions that may present special electrical hazards for the electrical inspector.
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novadog

07:02AM | 05/16/12
Member Since: 05/09/12
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LarryG thanks for your response. It should be replaced (at least the bus). We asked for this which was agreed to - but the electrician pushed back saying he tested it and it was ok.

I would like the opinion of an electrician as to whether this could be acceptable.
Perhaps the components are compromised but still working OK and will still fail properly. I wish I knew.

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