Meet your local breaker box

I can hear it already "Where you taking us now?" Just another facet of self sufficiency. How many people know about their breaker box and how to deal with it. A breaker pops, half the house is powerless. Wait for an electrician? Maybe your significant other?

So, without further ado; Meet your breaker box.


  • karenjanicki
    karenjanicki Posts: 947 ✭✭✭✭

    Our breaker box is in our bedroom. I'm not loving that but it does make it easy to get to when a breaker pops.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,502 admin

    Lots of good info in this article.

    Everyone should know how to cope with all of their utilities in case of emergency.

    I liked the note about fuse boxes. A few years ago when I was working in a very old hotel, we had to call an electrician to do some repairs. The electrician that was sent was very young; probably fresh out of trade school. When he showed up I told him to come with me and I'd show him where the fuse box was. He replied that didn't I mean the breaker box. He was gobsmacked when I showed him that it was in fact a fuse box. He had never seen one.

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    In our area, fuse boxes were replaced with breaker boxes about 8 years ago.

    I like the ease of a breaker box

  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,415 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It is hard to believe but our house has a fuse box and 2 different style breaker boxes. Each of them are on a separate floor. Some things run through 2 of them, some only through one, a couple through all 3. It really makes no sense. I'm not sure how it passed the city inspection. We will have to get an electrician out here to remedy it one if these days. Just another thing on the huge list of projects that this house needs.

  • bcabrobin
    bcabrobin Posts: 251 ✭✭✭

    I have had to flip breakers in the water shed (where the water comes out of the ground from the well, goes thru the pressure tank, filters and lines go to the hoses and into the house) 2 times in the last 6 mnts. All while water was spraying all over everything, because of water lines or valves breaking.

    If I hadn't known what to do we would of been in BIG trouble. It could of caused a fire by shorting out or power surge.

    Everyone needs to know how to turn off the power, water and gas and have the tools needs placed near them.

  • VermontCathy
    VermontCathy Posts: 1,911 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Don't be surprised if not all your breakers are in the same place. Our house has two breaker boxes side by side behind a panel, plus a separate breaker box in the laundry room, plus the garage.