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Did all FPE panels have Stab Lok or did they have other designs that were OK?
Residential and light commercial were Stab-Loc, other commercial were bolt in, the issues with FPE more that the panels was the AIC rating for the circuit breakers they did not meet the specifications and they were sold anyway.

My belief on FPE American FPE (Federal Pacific Electric) is as with most equipment age, this equipment is not at a minimum 30+ years old, most of the circuit breakers have not been operated in all that time. Based just on this I would replace them, much less the issues with the Stab-Loc mounting to the bus..
 

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The stab lock was not the issue with fpe but rather that the breakers themselves failed - this was mostly during the 1980's that this issue was there.
79 actually. Federal Pacific went bankrupt in 1979 and stopped doing the required UL testing, they were bought by UV industries (Who was then bought out by Sharon Steel) that knew nothing about the business and in 1980 Sharon Steel sold it to Reliance Electric. After Reliance aquired the company they discovered the lapse in UL testing and sued Sharon Steel. During the suit Exxon purchased Reliance but when they discovered the law suit they voided the deal.

There never was any failures (More so than any other brand anyways) but there was a lapse in certification for a while which spawned the CPSC investigation, which was closed without any real findings besides old breakers should be replaced no matter what the brand.
 

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The stab lock was not the issue with fpe but rather that the breakers themselves failed - this was mostly during the 1980's that this issue was there.
THe stab-loc was not the published issue, but there were problems with them, more so IMO than with CH or QO's. Just based on my experience.
 

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79 actually. Federal Pacific went bankrupt in 1979 and stopped doing the required UL testing, they were bought by UV industries (Who was then bought out by Sharon Steel) that knew nothing about the business and in 1980 Sharon Steel sold it to Reliance Electric. After Reliance aquired the company they discovered the lapse in UL testing and sued Sharon Steel. During the suit Exxon purchased Reliance but when they discovered the law suit they voided the deal.

There never was any failures (More so than any other brand anyways) but there was a lapse in certification for a while which spawned the CPSC investigation, which was closed without any real findings besides old breakers should be replaced no matter what the brand.

You are right in everything you said, however FPE residential breakers have serious issues. More so than those from the same era. Crack an FPE open vs any breaker from that time and you will find major design flaws in the FPEs. For one the actual fulcrum was a coiled spring:eek: They have no real magnetic trip (try moving the magnetic pole piece compared to other breakers and it speaks for itself). The common trip jams easily, the braid connecting the stab to the thermal mechanism often touches it bypassing it all together... the list goes on and on.
 

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Only once did I encounter a FPE breaker that failed to trip, and it was a 30 amp wired to 14 awg wiring . The gutting crew knock a device into a grounded gem box. The room filled with white smoke before I was able to make it to panel and throw main. However a co worker accomplished the same thing with a MP115 breaker with a miswired switch loop. I heard old GE is capable of the same.

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I use to contract in Philadelphia Pa. There was an inside joke between electricians that said, "The fireman love the Federal Breakers because they leave the lights on inside the burning building, so they can see".

I would not have one of them in any property that I own nor in a property of a loved one or family member. :no:

The only proper maintenance that they require is removal, replacement and proper disposal.
 

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Is that for the entire panel or just the breakers?
Well, the Federal Pacific Panel will only accept their brand "stablock" breakers. So ultimately, if you have a problem with either the panel or the breakers, you would have to change the entire distribution panel. But to be specific, the breakers were the main fault.

However, the FDE breaker panel had a floating busbar that could be adjusted forward or backward to accommodate for setback in the wall and different thickness of the finished wall. It also came with a ring that was used with it for surface mounted applications.

When you removed the cover / door of the panel, everything inside was often compressed and it would almost jump out at you.

So, there were a few different issues with that type panel
 

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Ok guys local news video to pick apart. See if you can spot the disinfo vs real info:


http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/25331328/wmc-the-investigators-breaker-breaker?autostart=true


But in a news release dated March 3, 1983, the CPSC stated it would not recommend a recall of the panels because it "...was unable at this time to link these failures to the development of a hazardous situation."

"The Commission staff estimates that it would cost several million dollars to gather the data necessary to assess fully whether those circuit breakers that are installed in homes but which may fail UL calibration tests present a risk to the public," the release read.

In 2002, a New Jersey superior court judge ruled in a civil action that "...FPE knowingly and purposefully distributed circuit breakers which were not tested to meet UL standards."

"FPE cheated on the tests that were required to obtain and maintain UL listings," said Aronstein in his report. "Virtually every FPE Stab-Lok panel installed in homes today contains circuit breakers that are seriously defective."
Hard to say meadow. I will say i have little faith in the CPSC knowing their dismissal of (my opinion) bona fide afci concerns

As to resi FPE, what sparky of tenure doesn't have some story or concern?

who watches the watchers?

US!

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79 actually. Federal Pacific went bankrupt in 1979 and stopped doing the required UL testing, they were bought by UV industries (Who was then bought out by Sharon Steel) that knew nothing about the business and in 1980 Sharon Steel sold it to Reliance Electric. After Reliance aquired the company they discovered the lapse in UL testing and sued Sharon Steel. During the suit Exxon purchased Reliance but when they discovered the law suit they voided the deal.

There never was any failures (More so than any other brand anyways) but there was a lapse in certification for a while which spawned the CPSC investigation, which was closed without any real findings besides old breakers should be replaced no matter what the brand.
Connecticut Electric sells the replacement for the FP breakers. I bought a 60 amp double pole for $45 the other day and was quoted $300 for a 100 DP.
 

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Gotta love Sharon Steel. Have family and friends in that area of PA. Lot of people lost jobs when Sharon Steel's owners/board of directors played footsie w/Milken and junk bonds. I love western PA but there are no damn jobs.
 
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