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Living dangerously in a Wonder Kitchen
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Post# 1054932   12/20/2019 at 14:48 by sarahperdue (Alabama)        

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Fuse box under the sink? Looks a bit terrifying to me.

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Post# 1054937 , Reply# 1   12/20/2019 at 16:08 by nanook (Seattle)        
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Kinda gives a new definition to the term 'electric sink'-!

Post# 1054967 , Reply# 2   12/20/2019 at 23:24 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

There could be better choices for locating the circuit breakers. It might be wise to use a GFCI feeder breaker to supply this unit.

Post# 1054969 , Reply# 3   12/20/2019 at 23:38 by LowEfficiency (Iowa)        

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Iíll second that. Rewiring the units with dual-function arc/ground fault breakers would give a lot of peace-of-mind... and if you removed the power distribution equipment from that cabinet, you could regain some cabinet space in a very useful spot!

Post# 1054977 , Reply# 4   12/21/2019 at 00:36 by sarahperdue (Alabama)        

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I'm not buying it. I just thought it was worth sharing. If I was buying it, I'd change the setup.


Post# 1054978 , Reply# 5   12/21/2019 at 00:39 by bradfordwhite (space coast)        
That is scary.

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That's not just one or two breakers, that's like a 50 or 60 amp panel there.


What would happen with a broken water pipe and water is shoot everywhere?   

Post# 1055015 , Reply# 6   12/21/2019 at 09:31 by sarahperdue (Alabama)        

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Was this the standard location for the panel in GE kitchens?

Post# 1055031 , Reply# 7   12/21/2019 at 12:39 by cadman (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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On first blush it looks a bit scary, but the water's in the backsplash, the sink is continuously formed into the countertop, and the countertop is (well, is designed to be) grounded. I think you'd have to work pretty hard to get water into that load center.

An old ungrounded fridge, or vintage washer with a motor in the base is a riskier threat for electric shock.

Post# 1055057 , Reply# 8   12/21/2019 at 18:48 by bradfordwhite (space coast)        

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I think I see the down side of an all metal kitchen now.


I don't think anyone's got a shock from dry formica.


I get where GE was coming from back then.  I mean even today, the biggest electrical usage and biggest loads are in the kitchen laundry area.


If, in the 50s you had an old farmhouse, for example, that had never had a fitted kitchen or even electricity, as there were still a fair share of homes without back then, one could install this setup.  No need to cut open walls.  Have the convenience of modern appliances in an afternoon.


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Post# 1055125 , Reply# 9   12/22/2019 at 10:27 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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Are likely far safer electrically and fire wise than wooden cabinets and counter tops, Also see no problem having the circuit breaker panel under the sink, these GE kitchen centers all were required to have a master fuse or breaker in the homes main panel to cut off power when you have to work on the kitchens electrical system.


This is no stranger than an electric range or an all metal washing machine full of electrical components and wiring connected to 120-240 volt power, these GE kitchen centers were like a big appliance.


John L.

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