Originally Posted By: bwiley
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I called out a FPE panel, as usual, and this is the wording of one of the local electric companies:
Tuesday 8/5/2004 we made a field inspection of the existing Federal Pacific Electric Panel. We pulled the circuit breakers and found mounting contacts to be tight and clear of any signs of overheating. The panel bus bars were also clean and did not show any signs of overheating. We checked all wire terminations and found them to be in excellent condition and required minimum tighten to torque them to standards. We do not find anything to be concerned about with regards to this electrical panel. It will serve as the primary protective device for all branch circuits connected for many years to come. The manufacturer of this equipment is no longer in business, however, there is a manufacturer which has obtained UL approval for the manufacture of replacement breakers for this equipment. The replacement breakers do cost a higher price. Electrical contractors today pay approximately $25.00 for a 120 volt breaker and $45.00 for a 240 volt. These breakers will only be required as a replacement part or to energize a new wiring requirement. Under normal conditions one would never spend the total cost of the panel replacement for new breakers. thus we do not agree that this equipment is a problem.
Notice they don't tackle the issue of whether the breakers will trip.