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Old 07-15-2012, 12:04 AM   #1
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Howdy all,

I was at the parents this week and grabbed a couple pictures of the electrical panel. Can anyone tell me for certain if this is one of the recalled / bad / evil Federal Pacific panels? Are they all problematic or were some of them safe? How does one tell?

Dad has long ago done away with the cover and any ID sticker ...

Also, don't hurt yourselves shaking your heads at all the obvious code violations.

Thanks,
Jim
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:26 AM   #2
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That is just plain scary. Yes it is FPE, it doesn't matter if it is one of the specifically recalled panels, its just as dangerous.

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Howdy all,

I was at the parents this week and grabbed a couple pictures of the electrical panel. Can anyone tell me for certain if this is one of the recalled / bad / evil Federal Pacific panels? Are they all problematic or were some of them safe? How does one tell?

Dad has long ago done away with the cover and any ID sticker ...

Also, don't hurt yourselves shaking your heads at all the obvious code violations.

Thanks,
Jim

I did put a pillow front of my head so I don't break the keyboard.

Now that is the never trippers that denfinetaly need to be replaced and need to be fixed up properly.

Merci,
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I'd tell you it's one of the bad panels whether it really is or not just to get you to change it
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That is a FPE Stab-lok panel.

Any panel regardless of brand should have a cover installed.
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Anything that old needs to be replaced.
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Yep, this is an FPE Stab-Lok. Even if the wiring workmanship were perfect, and the cover were in place, it would still be very dangerous. It absolutely needs to be replaced.

That 100A breaker at the lower right looks like it's feeding a sub-panel. You had better find that sub-panel because it might also be an FPE.
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I was under the impression it was an FPE panel and I've been trying to get dad to replace it. Hasn't happened yet.

To my knowledge, the only other panel is in the "garage" and it is "supposed" to be fed direct from whatever heavy-duty fuse block is mounted on the pole under the meter. It's definitely not the same brand as this thing. Is it possible that 100amp goes to the electric furnace?

Oh yeah ... this panel is in a trailer. From 1973. In a closet. The metal cover and door for the panel is long since gone, but the "pretty" door made from the same paneling as the rest of the trailer is still intact. Of course, with all the wires snaking out of that thing, the metal cover couldn't be used and that wooden door can't close.

Are ya'll surprised I made it to adulthood with that firetrap?

On the bright side, I know at least two of those breakers will trip. <--- that's sarcasm We can trip the stove breaker if we turn on all the burners and the oven at the same time. And the 20 amp, that services An ENTIRE Side of the trailer, tripped last year when we tried to run two 1500watt heaters.

<sigh>

Thanks for confirming my fears.
Jim

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