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Old 11-24-2021, 02:38 AM
Location: Willamette Valley Oregon
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What are they like compared to modern day counterparts and how well labeled was it?
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Old 11-24-2021, 06:00 AM
Location: Sunnybrook Farm
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The house I grew up in was built in 1939 and at least till I moved out in 1980 still had the original 4 circuit fuse box. I don't think there were any labels at all. Maybe there had been, but long since fallen off. You had to pull the fuses in succession to figure out which circuit you wanted to turn off (for replacing fixtures etc.)

Huge pain. Circuit breakers are SO MUCH better. You had to keep a box of fuses handy if you did like we did and had a whole workshop running on the same one circuit as the kitchen.
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Old 11-25-2021, 03:44 PM
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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Had some "Bull Dog" breaker boxes in my warehouse. Built in 1923. Some were 120v. Some were 240v
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Old 11-26-2021, 07:25 AM
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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I was shocked when I started looking at houses in the Wooster area in the 1980s, and found that many of the houses in my price range still had fuse boxes, and at most, 100 amp service. Installing air conditioning would have been a major expense. I ended up buying land and building. I had 200 amp service installed, which was handy after the oil furnace died, and I went to electric heat.
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