Originally posted by Iggy
You want to hear something stupid, I have a box mounted above my A/C unit that has a breaker in it. I was doing some servicing on the unit and pulled the breaker thinking it was for the A/C. NOT!
As soon as I pulled it the wife came running out asking why all the power in the house went off?
I flipped back up and all power was restored.
Damn electricians mounted a whole house disconnect outside in an unlocked box easily accessible to anyone. SOB!!! I ran right out and bought a padlock for it.
You may have to remove the padlock. In an emergency, the fire dept wants to kill the power 1st thing. However, most will just pull the meter. Kinda like parking in front of the fire hydr.
Sounds crazy, but.........
Our codes require an outside disconnect if the main feed from the meter to the panel is over 15-20' ( forget which). This is wire length, not straight line distance.
My house has the main panel in the basement, yet still < than 15' of wire was used. No problem. When I wired my brothers home, the panel was located in the utility room across hall from back door. You can touch the panel and rear door at same time, yet it was still more tha 15' of wire in order to route thru attic. Had to install a disconnect right next to the meter, which was mounted on the house. Doesn't make sense! 5 steps to panel from outside on his house. Mine, lets see.........thru house, down steps, thru basement to far back room.