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Old 06-29-2009, 11:05 PM   #16
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distinction bet. older FPE products and ltr. prod.

Originally Posted by InPhase277 View Post
[It was only a certain generation of FPE panels and breakers that had problems. FPE had a very good reputation as a quality product until the 70s and 80s. Panels and breakers older than that are generally OK, and I wouldn't hesitate to install a breaker in such a panel. The breakers with the red handles are the ones that are notorious.]
I agree with you 100% on that distinction. I myself installed scores of them in Apartment Buildings in Brooklyn and Queens, NY. When you walked in to an Electrical supply store, the (residential) panels they featured were mostly FPE! That's why it's so painful (in a way) to see their reputation (excuse the expression) flushed down in a relatively short time, due to the fact that they took shortcuts in the manufacturing process. I myself had eight service calls about those breakers that caused (relatively small) fires because the breaker did not "trip"!don't Drink and Drive!!!
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