I have been doing home inspections and insurance inspections since 2008 and have been a licensed building contractor since 2002. I worked for a general contractor building houses prior to 2002 for many years.
I’m looking for the latest opinion on a Federal Pacific Panel.
I just did a home inspection this morning at Fort Myers Beach.
The home is a duplex / piling 2 story house. It has (2) 200 amp Federal Pacific main panels. From the original construction.
The home is used 100% as a vacation rental property.
The owner added a Lee County permitted pool in 2012.
In order to add the pool pump and heater, the electrical permit required a new main service panel. FPL changed the meters to an underground service from an overhead service at that time also.
Now the house has: a new meter, a new 200 amp square d disconnect, that feeds into an original Federal Pacific 200 amp panel. The other side of the house has a new meter, a new 200 amp panel with the pool breakers, that feed into an original Federal Pacific 200 amp panel.
I am familiar with and fully understand the New Jersey Fed Pacific cases etc. and breakers not tripping etc.
Even though the report formats and home inspector associations call out the federal pacific issues (what is an intelligent answer to give to a home purchaser and realtor) when calling out the FPE panel (even though the county permit approved the installation and FPL hooked up a meter to it after installation) How do you tell them that this needs to be changed. It was permitted and approved in 2012.:neutral: