Federal Pacific Panels

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by Ford2001, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Ford2001

    Ford2001 New Member

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    Hi Guys>

    Got a call, to tie in the circuits left hanging by the electrical panels by another electrician. Two Federal Pacific Breaker panel, with a 200 amp. Service Disconnect Breaker.

    I told the customer I would left him know Monday, but no later than
    Tueday.

    So would you take a job that all wired, and the only thing left if running
    the wires into the panels. But I see one problem, you can purchase
    AFCI FPE or GFCI FPE breakers.

    So let hears your thoughts and opinions on this> THANKS

    The guy that started the wiring, had to go Iraq.
  2. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    This sounds very suspicious.

    Are you sure it wasn't a DIYer?

    Even as a DIYer I always find time to tie a new circuit into the panel. That's a five minute job compared to the hours running the circuit.

    But I can see many DIYers stopping just short of there.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2009
  3. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    Yes...they can be found but I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole unless the customer wanted a pannel change out..
  4. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    This has DIY written ALL over it. The ask an electrician to check their work and "do the tie ins". They think that tying into the panel is the hardest part.

    FPE is FPE. You just deal with it however you can.

    Are AFCI's required in your area?
    And WHY GFI breakers? Why not devices?
    FPE GFI breakers are available, but good luck finding them.

    If AFCI's and/or GFI breakers are required you have two choices:
    Replace the panel, or install a sub-panel.
  5. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    I found a FPE GFCI breaker on google....$200. And you never know on this kind of search it that item is really even available. Did not find any AFCI. I think the handwriting is on the wall
  6. jar546

    jar546 In the Trades

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    Good luck finding a UL listed breaker for that panel which should be replaced.

    Either this is a DIY OR

    Another electrician ran the circuits but refused to tie into that panel and you are the fall guy.

    Either way it stinks of something not good.
  7. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    My supply house has brand new FPE replacement breakers.
  8. Ford2001

    Ford2001 New Member

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    Fpe breakers panels, replace or not replace

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to post a reply. Your comments
    were greatly appreciated.

    As far getting my hands on, FPE breakers, there available in my area.
  9. fullysprinklered

    fullysprinklered Member

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    How much for a ticket to Iraq?
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