Updating fuses to breakers
My dad acknowledged that it was normal back when the house was built. My guess is that if the electrical panel needs to be replaced, that pretty much opens up everything else to be brought up to current code.
Over the years my father has added many circuits and several adjunct boxes to the original.He is not a licensed electrician, but worked beside the electricians in the appliance repair shop he worked in for many, many years.He's very familiar with how electricity works in the field, AC/DC, single phase, 3-phase, generators, motor windings, etc. My dad is now in his 80's, eyesight is failing, and is really not in any condition to do any of this kind of work anymore.To make up for this, occupants will often use fuses that are too large for the wires, which will keep fuses from blowing, but also creates a fire hazard.The photo below shows a wire that is only rated for 15 amps connected to a 30 amp fuse.20 amp fuses are not allowed on #14 copper wire!!!!!
30 amp fuses should probably not be in the panel at all.
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?
Some time ago, he was contacted by his insurance agent (State Farm) with questions relating to his electrical service.
The agent had said that they were contacting all homeowners with "old" houses to make sure they're electrical service was up to par.
A fuse will never allow more current to pass through than what it is rated for.