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Help - blown 20amp household fuse but can't get it out of fuse box

Old 10-20-12, 09:45 AM
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Smile Help - blown 20amp household fuse but can't get it out of fuse box

I have an older home (circa 1947) with a traditional fuse box.
Some of my fuses (the 20amps) have these funky 'covers' over top - or like a guard over them, that I can't figure out how to get them out to check if the fuse is blown.

I blew the microwave fuse and I think it's one of these but I cannot get them out because of the guards. I've tried looking everywhere online and haven't seen anything like this.

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Old 10-20-12, 11:07 AM
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Who is the manufacturer of the panel? Can you step back and give us a picture of the whole panel?

Just a side note: Are you sure your wiring supports 20 amp fuses. Most circuits on residential panels were wired for 15 amps.
Old 10-20-12, 11:27 AM
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I've never seen those but it appears that they are hinged on the outer edge. Use a screwdriver on the inner edge as a pry to see if that releases them.

Be careful to NOT allow the screwdriver to touch anything metallic.
Old 10-20-12, 07:11 PM
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Your electrical system was not designed for the loads of modern appliances such as the microwave you evidently blew the fuse with. I don't think I'd recommend using it again without having some serious upgrades made such as a new service and some rewiring.

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