Federal Pacific Stab-Loc Breaker Boxes
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Renting out my parent's old house, in '73 they upgraded from fuse box to a Federal Pacific breaker box. Had a new stove installed last week and the person installer reversed polarity and blew out the 40a breaker, had a hell of a time finding one, but did (Connecticut Electric, on Amazon), and everything works fine now. But the electrical supply houses we went to who didn't have any said most people replace the entire box as they are known to have "issues".

For all the sparky's out there who know of such things, do I have anything to worry about here. Basic 100a service to a 3br ranch house, maybe 10 circuits in the box. If it should be replaced (I'd go Square D) how many hours of labor are involved, ballpark? Don't know what to trust in what I get in a google search, some say no problem, others say the world is coming to an end.
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#12
  Re: Federal Pacific Stab-Loc Breaker Boxes by Admiral (Renting out my paren...)
Reversed polarity??????

Those breakers were known for not tripping at all.
John T.
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#13
  Re: Federal Pacific Stab-Loc Breaker Boxes by Admiral (Renting out my paren...)
Not a sparky here, but I had to replace a Federal Pacific box in a rental house I had, because of the house age, when we switched Ins. company, they required a "4 pt. inspection" And the FP boxes have to be replaced.
If you live in a house (at least in FL) that is 30+ years old, and have a FP box, and don't want to be required to change it, don't change your ins. company! They will require a 4 pt. insp. on roof, plumbing, elec, and hvac.

My FP breakers never failed to break, in 2 houses I have had for 20 years
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  Re: Re: Federal Pacific Stab-Loc Breaker Boxes by JTTHECLOCKMAN (Reversed polarity???...)
JTTHECLOCKMAN said:


Reversed polarity??????






Dunno, not my area, that's what a parts guy told my brother who was hunting down the new breaker, I think he said that is what "fried" it. All I know is the old hardwired stove worked just dandy until this "installer" came along, so someone screwed the pooch with the breaker.
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  Re: Re: Federal Pacific Stab-Loc Breaker Boxes by Admiral ([blockquote]JTTHECLO...)
must have been one of those ac dc models lmo
kinda think you got the luck finding a replacement breaker
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#16
  Re: Federal Pacific Stab-Loc Breaker Boxes by Admiral (Renting out my paren...)
let me say this these panels / breaker have a high failure rate
i'd find a good electrican and have him look and give a quote to replace it get 2or 3 the wiring in the panel has to be checked for over heating
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#17
  Re: Federal Pacific Stab-Loc Breaker Boxes by Admiral (Renting out my paren...)
Don't pay that electrician. You can't "reverse polarity" on a two pole breaker. He screwed up. Either he fixes it on his dime or don't pay him. FPE had issues with a couple series of single pole 15 amp breakers IIRC but that's it. If the rest of the panel is in good shape there is no reason to change it.
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#18
  Re: Federal Pacific Stab-Loc Breaker Boxes by Admiral (Renting out my paren...)
As a budding new home inspector, I'm supposed to tell buyers to have FP "stab-lock" panels inspected by a licensed electrician. They were recalled and are typically replaced. Here's a a good link for more info FPE Inspectapieda

I will list the FPE "Stab-lock" systems as a fire hazard because the breakers may fail to trip in response to overcurrent conditions or short circuits which can result in a fire. The breakers do not afford the protection in which they were intended.
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#19
  Re: Federal Pacific Stab-Loc Breaker Boxes by Admiral (Renting out my paren...)
Swap out the box and write it off. Much less trouble than dealing with a failure and won't land your bottom in court trying to explain why you rented out a place with a known hazard.
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#20
  Re: Re: Federal Pacific Stab-Loc Breaker Boxes by Bob10 (Swap out the box and...)
What is the opinion of Crouse-Hinds breakers/panels?
Mark Singleton

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