There is what looks like a disconnect before the meter for the outside lights, but it looks like it missing a switch? How are the lights running and how would we disconnect them for service?

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That looks like where a main breaker goes, and the stuff in there looks like the damaged guts of a main breaker. I supremely doubt this is for the outside lights.

This an extreme hazard being just like it is. I strongly recommend you get an electrician out to fix it before it burns someone's hand. What's more, it appears that something that is supposed to be breaker-protected, isn't. So the protection is gone, opening the possibility of a fire.

  • Get the power company to pull the meter. This is dangerous. – JACK Oct 3 at 12:35
  • @JACK yeah, that's why the words "get/hire an electrician" parted my lips. That's the second time this year! – Harper - Reinstate Monica Oct 3 at 15:22
  • We don't hear you say that very often. Last week you told someone to get a handyman to change an outlet... Sometimes ya gotta bite the bullet.. (or bite your tongue). – JACK Oct 3 at 16:24

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