My first post here so go easy on me…
Inspected an older house today, here in FL, with a federal pacific stab-lok panel. I don’t know a great deal about these panels, but I’m told they’re obsolete and just an awful design. Have a bad record for fire and shock hazard.
I noted a few defects within the panel but my gut says the entire panel should be inspected by a licensed electrical contractor and most likely replaced, based upon the risk of fire and shock due to manufacturer defects. Any replies are appreciated.
Also another question I’m asking myself but can’t answer confidently. Prior to the inspection I pulled up permit/inspection info and noted that an electric permit was pulled but final inspection failed twice, and the permit eventually expired. During the inspection I observed new romex branch circuit wiring installed. Apparently the inspection failed but I don’t have specifics. My thought is the new code would require a separate neutral bus bar. I feel obligated to call out this entire issue on my report, including the open/expired permit. Again any replies are appreciated. What do you do when you know a permit was never pulled, or finaled, how do you advise your client:?: