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Old 05-01-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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over 2000 fire related to the panel an the loads going thru them where the wire insulation melts up and thru the walls to the loads before the breaker trips rated amps... DO NOT BUY OR SIGN OFF ON A HOME WITH THEM

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More info on You Tube
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over 2000 fire related to the panel an the loads going thru them where the wire insulation melts up and thru the walls to the loads before the breaker trips rated amps... DO NOT BUY OR SIGN OFF ON A HOME WITH THEM
Where have you been?
This is OLD news.
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when did it first come out heard it on NBC news tonight about the 2000 house fires
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when did it first come out heard it on NBC news tonight about the 2000 house fires
That is your problem. News agencies are right now late on reporting stuff that has been out in the grapevine for weeks, or they are digging stuff up, because the action in Afghanistan is boring, along with the job outlook, so they have to find some other way to strike fear into people.

If it was not for the idiots in D.C. and news organizations, people would actually have some form of common sense these days. Please don't help them along Biggles.

Even the Nato summit this May in Chicago is becoming a real "snooze" fest for the news outlets, so they are starting to feed ignorance by making stuff up. Same with the Olympics in London.
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This news is older than I am.

According to http://inspectapedia.com/fpe/FPE_History.htm, it appears that UL started revoking FPE listings in 1980.
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Then you have the guy on Craigslist trying to off the 10 panels he has from dumpster diving.
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FPE panels...the Pintos of the electrical world.
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There's several other companys with recalls on breaker.
A simple Google seach on what you have now should come up with something.
http://plusoneinspection.com/Seattle-recall.asp
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May 1st is the start of rating period (the sweeps). All that counts now is sensationalism, not how current or helpful the story is.
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Maybe you will see a story on Zinsco panels next.
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So...I just bought a house with this in it. I assume it is the general consensus to replace it?


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Old 06-05-2012, 07:39 PM   #13
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Normally, I would suggest to replace as time and money allows, but since your bussbar is damaged, I would say that it changes the time frame to ASAP.

And in the time being, move that breaker to another position in the panel.
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Normally, I would suggest to replace as time and money allows, but since your bussbar is damaged, I would say that it changes the time frame to ASAP.

And in the time being, move that breaker to another position in the panel.
How do you conclude the bus is damaged?
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I can see it in your last picture.

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