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Question DetailsAsked on 11/3/2016

Have this really old electrical panel that I want to switch out. It's a fuse box and I want to change to breakers

It's throwing me off due to the main switch having wires that's does a u loop on screw, then going next to the screw with same wire. What's the purpose of this?

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Without seeing it in person I would hesitate to say anything definitive - but sounds like maybe a buss wire: a wire (live, ground or neutral) jumpering between connection screws - some OLD fuse boxes did not have the terminal blocks or buss bars used today and just jumpered a larger size wire (like a #8 or #10 commonly) from fuse block to fuse block. You would have to check with a VOM to see if live or neutral - highly unlikely to be ground because most household fused systems were 2 wire - no ground.

If you can attach a picture perhaps I can give a better answer - you can attach photo(s) using the leftmost yellow "Insert Image" icon at the top of the Your Answer box, which comes up when you click on the yellow Answer This Question link right below your question. You can google for the image formats AL accepts - JPG, GIF, PNG formats are acceptable as I recall.

Couple of previous questions on ballpark costs of this sort of job below -

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