Originally Posted By: jpeck
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For some reason this (FPE breakers) came to mind during an inspection on a new house the other day, and I thought of something my Dad kept telling me back in the mid-60s when I worked for him at his electrical contracting business.
We were at a Hughes Supply and picking up some Square D panels and breakers and I was looking at some FPEs on the counter for someone else, he said he did not use those because they are junk, and that the only electricians who did use them were electricians who did not care about their work, that they were only trying to cut the prices for everyone else (you should have seen the look the electrician sitting at the counter buying those things gave him). Said they were always falling out and were a real pain to work with, and for all the extra labor it took to work with them, you might as buy the "good stuff" (and another dirty look from that other guy), that the "real cost" was the same anyway.
Some 20 years later, time proved him right.