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Is there a minimum amperage for a single family dwelling? The current residents would like a panel change, but only currently have a pull out and screw in fuse style panel. I would tell you more about the current panel but all stickers and plackards were removed and there is no name brand or amperage listed anywhere on the fuses, tub, or cover. I believe it be only a 60 amp. I guess to conclude, what I am asking is, can I remove the current 60 amp panel, which is feeding the entire dwelling, and replace it with another 60 amp, breaker style panel? thanks, andrew

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Per NEC code and local ordinances, no.

This type of work is only to be done by a licensed electrician, and requires that the electrical system be brought up to current code.

That being said, you can do it, but you better know what your doing as there is likely no way to kill incoming power from the meter without pulling the meter. And pulling the meter will violate power company agreements with the property owner.

You also risk liability in the event someone is electrocuted for whatever reason, even if not directly related to what you did.

Any plug in the bathrooms or kitchen within 6 feet of a sink are to be on GFI's, and you can't add a GFI as it's very likely the current wiring does not include a ground.

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