Many people think that fuses are unsafe, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.A properly installed fuse is just as safe as a circuit breaker, but there are many reasons why fused homes can have problems, and I’ll discuss a few of the most common problems.To start, how can I say that a properly installed fuse is as safe as a circuit breaker?A fuse will only handle the amount of amperage that it is rated for.Circuit breakers are designed to trip when too much current passes through for too long a period of time. A typical 60 amp fuse box might have one 240 volt circuit for an air conditioner or electric range, plus four more fuses for the rest of the wiring in the home.Circuit breakers can be reset after they trip, which is a huge advantage over fuses, but they don’t add any level of safety. Compared to the minimum number of circuits required today, this is totally insufficient.If you are not sure if you need a permit, call the building department responsible for your area.Any work performed under a permit must be inspected by a certified electrical inspector.
Oftentimes, several wires will be connected to a single fuse lug, but each fuse is supposed to have one wire.
Call for a service inspection when the service electrical mast, the electric meter base, the service panels, and the grounding electrodes and terminals have been installed.
Wires must be visible without removing cover devices.
In a new home, a kitchen will typically have one circuit for the dishwasher, one for the disposer, two for the countertop outlets, one for the lights, and another for the microwave and fridge.
This is a minimal installation, and many electricians will also put the fridge on its own circuit, and have another 240 volt circuit for an electric range.