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Originally Posted By: jpope
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Originally Posted By: phinsperger
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Just a guess. The depth of the breakers themselves? In otherwords, how far out of the box the breakers should project.



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Originally Posted By: bbadger
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With plug in breaker panels the cover helps hold the breakers in place when they are manually operated.


The screw will bring out the breakers until they hit the cover.

On a surface panel like this it should happen on it's own, I think that feature was made for flush mount panels that where mounted to deep in the wall or where the wall had a layer of paneling or drywall added after the installation.

The thing is, the panel tub is required to be out flush (or nearly so) to the wall finish, the screws only aid in 'cheating'. ![icon_rolleyes.gif](upload://iqxt7ABYC2TEBomNkCmZARIrQr6.gif)


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Originally Posted By: jpope
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That’s kinda what I figured. Thanks icon_smile.gif



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Originally Posted By: John T. Noble
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What this is, is a “Federal Pacific Panel” and the breakers are known for failure and since they usually fail in the open position pose a very real electrical and fire hazard. I hope you advised your client to have the electrical system checked by a qualified electrician and to consider updating.



John Noble

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John T. Noble wrote:
What this is, is a "Federal Pacific Panel" and the breakers are known for failure and since they usually fail in the open position pose a very real electrical and fire hazard. I hope you advised your client to have the electrical system checked by a qualified electrician and to consider updating.


John I am sure you meant fail in the closed position. ![icon_wink.gif](upload://ssT9V5t45yjlgXqiFRXL04eXtqw.gif)

Open = off or 0

Closed = on or 1

By the way the 0 or 1 are used on foreign equipment in place of on and off.


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Originally Posted By: John T. Noble
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Bob, you are absolutely right. My mistake and I am glad you caught it.



John Noble

Originally Posted By: jpope
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John T. Noble wrote:
What this is, is a "Federal Pacific Panel" and the breakers are known for failure and since they usually fail in the open position pose a very real electrical and fire hazard. I hope you advised your client to have the electrical system checked by a qualified electrician and to consider updating.


I am painfully aware of the problems with FPE and Zinsco panels, but I do appreciate the comments.

As most of the people in this forum can attest, I have run across my fair share of these "hot boxes." ![icon_wink.gif](upload://ssT9V5t45yjlgXqiFRXL04eXtqw.gif)

By the way, welcome to the forum John


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Originally Posted By: John T. Noble
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Thank You Jeffery. I am not sure how much I am wiling to contribute, the biggest problem being time restraints. I have over 15 years of experience and realize I still have lots to learn.



John Noble

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Regardless of the portions, knowledge is always welcome icon_wink.gif



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Originally Posted By: bbadger
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Hi John as Jeff has said welcome to the forum. icon_smile.gif


If you want to be horrified do a forum search for Jeff P's posts in the electrical section.

He has a habit of finding some particularly bad electrical installations and is well versed on many electrical requirements. ![icon_smile.gif](upload://b6iczyK1ETUUqRUc4PAkX83GF2O.gif)

As far as the open closed thing, no problem we all make typos sometimes.

If we could only be so lucky to have FPEs fail open.

Bob


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Originally Posted By: ecrofutt
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FPE on Exterior of Log Home ]


[ Image: FPE - Dial Me Up, Spock. ]


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