My bedroom renovation project passed the first of several inspections a little while back when the electrical inspector signed off on the wiring rough-in.
For now, those new wires are sitting dormant until the walls are finished and the new fixtures and receptacles can be connected. But the upgrade of the electrical box from fuses to circuit breakers is an improvement I have been able to use right away.
Upgrading the electical box has two basic benefits. The first is the simple convenience of no longer needing to keep a supply of fuses on hand for when a circuit gets overloaded. Normally I would blow through a box of fuses a summer as I tried to manage the operation of a few window air conditioners, my wife’s hair dryer, and the occasional power tool.
The second–and more significant–benefit of the electrical box upgrade is circuit separation. As you can see from the inset photo of my old fuse box, every space was filled. The new 30-slot breaker box provided space for the electricians to add a dedicated circuit for the renovated bedroom, another for the nearby master bath receptacles, and two more circuits for when I renovate the other half of the upper level. Plus there is plenty of space for me to add more circuits and continue to separate the wiring from room to room throughout the house.
Although I have no plans to sell the house anytime soon, this circuit breaker upgrade also makes a lot of sense from an equity perspective. When it comes to old house electrical items, original light fixtures can add charm and value. An original fuse box? Not so much.