How to Remove and Replace an Old Fuse Box

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What You'll Need
Fuse box
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It is easy to remove an old fuse box and put a new one into its place. Most of the time, this work is done by professional electricians, but you can easily manage to remove the old fuse box and add a new replacement. This may seem like a daunting task for a non-professional, but it is not very complicated, and you should be able to manage it with only basic skills. Follow the simple instructions below to effectively remove and replace your fuse box within a matter of hours.

Step 1 - Get Permission

building permit paperwork

You can do a lot of the electrical work around your home yourself, but you will have to get permission from your local authority. Draw up some plans concerning what you want to do in your home, and make sure that you give the building codes assessor full details. You will have to obtain a special permit first for the service provider to cut the power to the house when required to do the change-over. You'll probably also have to have an inspection after you have completed the task. If all is by the code, you can then purchase your new fuse box from a local hardware store.

Step 2 - Remove the Old Fuse Box

The main electrical power will have to be shut off by your service provider. You may also be able to turn off the power from the electric meter if you have the power key. Look for the meter under your fuse box, and then close down the power. You will need to ensure that all of the power is completely shut down before you proceed. You can use a current tester for this job.

Take the lid off of the fuse box, and then remove all of the fuses using your screwdriver. Unhook the wires using a pair of pliers, and leave them in place. Unscrew the fuse box from the wall and remove it.

Step 3 - Add the New Fuse Box

water heater and electrical panel in a room

You can now start to add the new fuse box. Remove all of the front panels, and place the back against the wall. Screw it in tightly, so that the screws are supporting the full weight of the box. You may want to tug it slightly to reassure yourself that the box won't fall. Push the main wires back into place and re-attach them to the connections. Make sure that you have the wiring properly done.

Attach the fuses to their usual positions, replacing any that seem old. Attach the fuse box's front panel, screwing in tightly. When this has been done, have the main power turned back on, and then check your fuse box using a voltmeter.