I have ran across a few FPE panels the last few years, but have never seen one with the problems that are often discussed. Yes, I am particularly careful when removing the dead front, because I don’t want a breaker to fall out, but have never seen loose breakers, or the springloaded ones that jump out at you.
My question is, do most homies here mention it in the report just because it’s FPE? I don’t want to be an “alarmist”, but I do feel the client should know about the past troubles that FPE panels have caused, and if I don’t mention it and it catches fire, I should have warned my client I suppose.
The Stablok FPE today had nothing at all wrong, at least visually (I don’t do thermal imaging, and I didn’t bring my amp probe). The only defect I could really complain about was the label “FPE”.
I think Mr Pope authored a comment a while back, something to the affect that there were problems with these panels in the past, and they should be evaluated by an electrician.
Any thoughts on what a comment should be on FPE with no obvious defect?