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    Default Federal panel question

    Are panels labeled as simply Federal or with breakers labeled as Federal American the same as Federal Pacific panels? They did not have markings specifically saying Federal Pacific or FPE. They look the same however and said Stab-lok. They were 1955 vintage. Just wondering if these would have the same issues? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Federal panel question

    If the panel said Stab-Lok and the breakers have those orange handles, it's Federal Pacific.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Ostrowski View Post
    If the panel said Stab-Lok and the breakers have those orange handles, it's Federal Pacific.
    A couple handles were orange; most were black however.


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    Default Re: Federal panel question

    Federal "No-Ark" breakers had black handles, & they interchange w/ later FPE Stab-lok breakers.


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    Default Re: Federal panel question

    These are off my inspections from the other day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Bibler View Post
    These are off my inspections from the other day...

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    Default Re: Federal panel question

    For those who haven't, read ALL the available info on Federal panels at Federal Pacific Electric FPE Stab-Lok Panel Circuit Breaker Hazard, Repairs, Electrical Panel Replacement Electricians Directory for Stab-Lok Repairs.

    The breakers manufactured during a certain period of time are problem children for sure, but the panel design itself suffers from other problems as well. I've seen all varieties of Federal breakers fail to trip, including main breakers and "other than orange handled" branch circuit breakers.

    Basically, in the US, if a panel has the "Stab-Lok" buss, it's junk, a hazzard, and needs to be replaced. Dunno or care what's happening with the issue "up nordt", but can assume that with at least one breaker recall the thing's going to bite them in the backside eventually.


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    Default Re: Federal panel question

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Kriegh View Post
    Basically, in the US, if a panel has the "Stab-Lok" buss, it's junk, a hazzard, and needs to be replaced.

    Deserves repeating as some home inspectors are still hesitant to call for their replacement.

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