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Old 06-05-2012, 07:46 PM   #16
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I pulled the breaker to demonstrate the type. Breaker snaps right back in. Don't recall seeing any damage. What are you seeing?

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There appears that there has been arcing inside the circled area.
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The best thing is for the OP to pull all the breakers, take a front shot to show the whole panel, vs. a corner shot.
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The best thing is for the OP to pull all the breakers, take a front shot to show the whole panel, vs. a corner shot.
Does that really matter if the FP panels are such a fire hazard? Right now the house is empty and unfurnished, so disconnecting power to the panel would be without problems.

Assuming the bus is ok...Is there a good reason NOT to replace the panel?
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Nope, if you have the money then it would be a good decision.
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This panel is located in a bedroom closet. Thus if I replace it, am I required to relocate it (according to NEC)?
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Yes, panels aren't allowed in closets. Is it possible to turn it around so its facing out the other side of the wall?
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Yes, panels aren't allowed in closets. Is it possible to turn it around so its facing out the other side of the wall?
Exterior wall.
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I wish I could give you some other options, but without knowing the layout, I would just be guessing. Remove/move the closet? Might be something to think about.
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I'll probably relocate to garage with new overhead service. Transformer, meter and disconnect are on a pole about 300 ft from house (rural setting).

Is there any NEC prohibition of using the FP panel as a junction box (minus the bus and breakers). This would prevent relocating all the circuit conductors to the new panel...just simply run new conductors from new panel to old panel (junction). Would require lots of wire nuts, but still easier...maybe.
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That is the common way it is done. Remove all the parts, then screw the cover shut.

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