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    Default More FPE panels bite the dust - and now it is out in the open :)

    Saw this on the news today at lunch ... will likely generate some useful discussion between the FPE-need-replacing and the FPE-nothing-wrong-with-them inspectors.

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    Default Re: More FPE panels bite the dust - and now it is out in the open :)

    I just saw one this morning. Seven throws of the hand to deenergize the entire panel and as I was backing the screws out on the bottom of the deadfront cover, the breakers were moving forward and pushing against the inside of the deadfront. I ended my inspection of the panel right there and sunk the screws back in. Replacement needed.

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    Default Re: More FPE panels bite the dust - and now it is out in the open :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    Saw this on the news today at lunch ... will likely generate some useful discussion between the FPE-need-replacing and the FPE-nothing-wrong-with-them inspectors.

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    Yeah So ? What does Channel 9 know.
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    Nick,

    Any Panel manufacturer can Make em to Keep the BREAKERS IN whats the challenge in that?
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    Default Re: More FPE panels bite the dust - and now it is out in the open :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Ostrowski View Post
    I just saw one this morning. Seven throws of the hand to deenergize the entire panel and as I was backing the screws out on the bottom of the deadfront cover, the breakers were moving forward and pushing against the inside of the deadfront. I ended my inspection of the panel right there and sunk the screws back in. Replacement needed.
    Just another of many things about older FPE panels. The breaker buss is mounted on a spring loaded base that is designed to press the breakers against the cover so there is no space between the breaker front and the cover. As you begin to release this pressure any "skinny" breakers forced into the wrong kind of space on the buss use the opportunity to pop loose. Which is why I don't recommend taking the cover off a FPE panel. The panels are frequently full, and in order to put the cover back on you're sometimes forced to install a breaker in a slot not designed for it.

    Your liability insurance cover that? Didn't think so.

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