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#102721 - 09/29/06 11:30 AM Square D bought- out FPE Bulletin!
Wagner Enterprises Offline
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Registered: 09/20/06
Posts: 13
Loc: Maple Ridge BC, Canada1
As of Oct 01 2006, SQ-D will no longer be manufacturing ANY EL Equipment for or under FPE as SQ D purchased FPE!

If many in the trade are already aware of this by-out, my apologies, but I was in contact with a large supplier this morning, Sept 29 06 at 7:15AM PST, and was given the advice to begin stocking up on ANY FPE breakers that you can, as they will no longer be available in a few months, for if down the road you need one, two, three, ect, on a job where the breaker or breakers have gone defective it would not make sense to me to change the entire panel for such a menial solution as most of us have been in that position and is a time and profit waster. It reminds me when commander changed their style in the early 90’s and remember everyone getting caught in that mess!
Just a note: That in 1989, we were doing 102 town homes and 2 18 story appt buildings, and the owner of the EL Company had purchased and stocked in a trailer on site 1/2 of all the panels, breakers, pull boxes, to meter stacks because of the good deal he thought he was getting, then when 1/2 of it was installed commander decided that they were going to change their panel styles, and no more of their old ones would fit, and that is what I meant by BUYER BEWARE of deals that sound to good.

My apologies if any miss understanding of what I was trying to convey annoyed any of you, for that was not my intention, but an example as to how badly the owner had been misled and had to declare bankruptcy over these panel and breaker situation as he might as well have thrown the whole lot in the trash anyhow as a final result of his own stupidity, so yes I agree 100% on that issue Doug of what you saying there!



Best to all!
Robert Wagner!


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#102722 - 09/29/06 03:21 PM Re: Square D bought- out FPE Bulletin!
Celtic Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
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Loc: NJ
I'd rather sell them a new panel than horde junk "hoping" someone wants it.
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#102723 - 09/29/06 03:23 PM Re: Square D bought- out FPE Bulletin!
dougwells Offline


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Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 1137
Loc: kamloops BC Canada
Why Stock up
Panel Change out is a better idea .

Thanks for the Heads up though

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#102724 - 09/29/06 04:36 PM Re: Square D bought- out FPE Bulletin!
steve ancient apprentice Offline
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Registered: 03/04/05
Posts: 169
Loc: west springfield,mass
All the residential calls I have been on we dont even replace the breakers. Its a panel change or nothing. Boss tells customers if they dont belive him just punch in federal pacific on the internet and look it up. Usually we get a call back in a couple of days. He refuses to change out breakers in a FPE Panel
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#102725 - 09/29/06 04:58 PM Re: Square D bought- out FPE Bulletin!
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Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 1137
Loc: kamloops BC Canada
Lets not get the Canadian Manufacture of FPE in the same boat as the American FPE Breaker.
I have yet to hear about FPE Failures as to not tripping with the Canadian supplied ones.
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#102726 - 09/29/06 05:08 PM Re: Square D bought- out FPE Bulletin!
Celtic Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 361
Loc: NJ
It's not just the CB's that are suspect...the bus also has issues.

I "encourage" people to just change them.
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#102727 - 09/29/06 05:52 PM Re: Square D bought- out FPE Bulletin!
steve ancient apprentice Offline
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Registered: 03/04/05
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Loc: west springfield,mass
Sorry about that Doug. I should have said in the US. I stand corrected,
Steve
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#102728 - 10/01/06 08:23 PM Re: Square D bought- out FPE Bulletin!
Rewired Offline
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Registered: 01/01/06
Posts: 558
Loc: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Really??? This is news to me!!!
There are going to be a LOT of P.O'd people...

I will be one!! Damn.. Shoulda put in a QO!
A.D
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