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Old 04-07-2011, 09:32 PM   #1
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Hey guys

I am selling my 1975 home and the buyer had an inspection done.

The inspector told him that the panel should be replaced because it is a safety hazard. He says that there were studies done with Federal Pacific breakers and they were finding that 1 in 5 would not trip when the amperage was exceeded.

Owned the home for 14 years and never had a problem. The buyer says he isn't too concerned about it.

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J-U-N-K ....

Ever wonder why you never tripped any breakers?

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Old 04-07-2011, 09:37 PM   #3
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I beleive I have heard that the older federal pacific were a decent brand but quality went down hill. I want to say the breakers with the red handles are the bad ones, i could be mistaken on this and if i am hopefully someone can correct me.
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Ever wonder why you never tripped any breakers?
Didn't say I never tripped any breakers, and besides, tripping a breaker isn't a part of everyday life. I've tripped a few of them several times over the years. In fact the ones for the dryer and AC unit have tripped a few times for no explainable reason.

This is a 1975 panel. There are no red handles on these breakers.

You would think the ridiculous price they charge for the breakers would mean quality stuff, but price doesn't always mean quality.
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That will be a issue when you try to sell the house you may lose a thousand Euros on that maybe more depending on the condition of the old federal Pafic load centré.

To get your money worth of that place replace with modern panel that will get your money back on it.

Sat.Cowboy., The OP menton he is selling his home.

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yeah i know, but those were the first words that crossed my mind soooo out they popped

say OP have you seen this resource?
http://www.inspectapedia.com/fpe/fpepanel.htm
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Since you're selling it, and the buyer has been informed of the problem by the inspector and decided he's not concerned, I wouldn't do anything at all. It's really up to the buyer to decide whether to make an issue of it or not. If he's smart, he'll stick you with the cost of replacement because they really are dangerous - but it doesn't sound like he's smart. Take your money and walk away quietly.
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....You would think the ridiculous price they charge for the breakers would mean quality stuff, but price doesn't always mean quality.
Actually, the opposite is true in this case. Back in 1975, FPE was the cheapest junk available. That's why many contractors used the stuff. The high price today is a result of greed of those who offer the breakers -- they figure they got you over a barrel, and they're right!

That's why it's better to rip the junk out, and install something good, like Square D or Cutler-Hammer.
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I guess I heard wrong, guess they are all junk.

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