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Old 03-26-2013, 12:26 PM   #1
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My 1942 home has a Federal Pacific distribution panel installed with 14-2 BX.
I have heard that these panels can cause problems, and should be replaced.
Replace it?

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Old 03-26-2013, 12:33 PM   #2
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I have heard that...
In brief, FPE panels with Stab-Lok breakers were manufactured from roughly 1950 to the early 80’s. It has been estimated that some 28 million panels were installed across the USA...

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News...For-Consumers/

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Old 03-26-2013, 03:09 PM   #3
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As one person who had a near-home-destroying experience with an FPE panel about 15 years ago, my answer is: yes, you should replace it.

It won't be the primary source of a fire, but if you have a failure somewhere, your circuit breakers might not be there to protect you.

I'm lucky that I was home; 15 more minutes and the home I was renting likely would have burned to a crisp.
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Thanks for replying to my FP Distribution Panel Post - Are there any tested-approved breakers that will work in this panel?


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Old 03-26-2013, 09:30 PM   #6
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Are there any tested-approved breakers that will work in this panel?
No. You can find replacement FPE breakers if you look around long enough, but they are no better than the originals. And from what I've read any UL listing they are marked with is invalid.
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There are no approved breakers for FP panels. They DID have their UL listing pulled.

Best bet would be to replace it or just live with it.
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Thank you all for all your inputs - The consensus is, that I should change out the panel and put in approved breakers. That I shall do.

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Just for the record, it's completely untrue that there are no approved breakers for FPE panels. Connecticut Electric manufactures UL listed replacement breakers for FPE, Zinsco, and a few other brands.

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