06:32AM | 05/18/03
Member Since: 05/17/03
3 lifetime posts
I recently purchase a 1936 4-unit apartment building. It has the bx cable and just 2 fuses per apartment.

I'm remodeling my bathroom at the moment but eventually will also remodel the kitchen, adding dish washer, maybe washer and dryer, etc.

Basically, what do I need to have done? Just put in a new circuit breaker for my unit and have the new bathroom connected and worry about the rest of my old wiring later?

Each unit has it's own meter/fuses. Should I upgrade everything at once? Or, if it isn't broke don't touch it?

The back 3/5 of my aparment is inaccessible from the attic. (and plaster walls) Is this going to be possible?

Also, the electrical meters/fuses are near each other and are inside common area. I can tell on some buildings similar to mine they have upgraded wiring and moved meters to the outside. Why is this done? If I get circuit breakers where should they be put? Inside units?

Thanks for any advice. I just need to know what should be done. I don't want to do things unnecessary that will only have to be corrected later


04:31PM | 05/19/03
Member Since: 11/05/01
98 lifetime posts
Start with a service upgrade to bring in enough power for the building. Each apartment should have a circuit breaker panel accessible to the tenant. In the apartment would be best location so when you do any addtional wiring the panel is relatively close by. Have an electrician or two that has experience in this type of work come in and they will tell you what you need and what it will cost.
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