The Electrical Contractor Network

ECN Electrical Forum
Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

Books, Tools and Test Equipment for Electrical and Construction Trades

Register Now!

Register Now!

We want your input!


2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

Recent Posts
Parking lot pole light swap....
by gfretwell
10/24/16 08:46 PM
International Wire Colour Codes
by Tjia1981
10/23/16 12:08 PM
Son of Sparky
by HotLine1
10/20/16 07:43 PM
Speaking of Plugmold ...
by gfretwell
10/17/16 02:37 PM
Broken battery charger? Check for cobwebs!
by gfretwell
10/17/16 02:30 PM
New in the Gallery:
12.5A through 0.75mm˛ flex (just out of curiosity)
Shout Box

Top Posters (30 Days)
gfretwell 14
HotLine1 7
ghost307 7
renosteinke 6
Potseal 4
Who's Online
0 registered (), 280 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#30107 - 10/05/03 07:07 PM look what I found
ComputerWizKid Offline

Registered: 09/20/03
Posts: 116
Loc: Connecticut, USA
On Ebay

Should be banned for even listing those Hope no one buys them
Theres always enough room in the junction box.You just need a bigger hammer

Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades

Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Arc Flash Clothing, Gloves, KneePads, Tool Belts, Pouches, Tool Carriers, etc. etc....

#30108 - 10/06/03 03:28 PM Re: look what I found
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
I've got quite a little stock of FPE breakers myself. Years ago I bought out someones' old stock after they passed on. They may be hitting the dumpster soon if I need the space for other things.


#30109 - 10/06/03 04:16 PM Re: look what I found
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
I keep every old FPE breaker I pull out. If you ever have a need for one, it's nice to have one rather than paying up to $50 for an after market one.

#30110 - 10/07/03 02:34 AM Re: look what I found
Pinemarten Offline

Registered: 08/23/03
Posts: 122
Loc: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Canada has many panel that still use them. I think they even are still manufactured here.

#30111 - 10/07/03 08:41 AM Re: look what I found
SvenNYC Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
It's a nice relic of times past....

Sort of a reminder of WHAT NOT TO USE also, I guess.

Why were these things called "Stab Lock"

Were the connections to the breaker "backstabbed"?

#30112 - 10/07/03 12:45 PM Re: look what I found
kyme Offline

Registered: 09/25/03
Posts: 40
Loc: Kentucky
i have in the past had a hard time locating
replacement fpe breakers. although when you
start having trouble it means it is usually
time to replace the loadcenter it is very hard at times to convince the homeowner.

#30113 - 10/07/03 08:26 PM Re: look what I found
nesparky Offline

Registered: 06/21/01
Posts: 650
Loc: omaha,ne
I usually sell old breakers to the recyclers/remanufacturers. It beats having a lot of old breakers laying around. I do this whenever enough of the old breakers make it woth the time.

#30114 - 10/07/03 09:22 PM Re: look what I found
Bjarney Offline

Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2561
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
There are some surplus switchgear/circuit-breaker dealers that prominently state on their home pages: We do not carry residential components.

#30115 - 10/07/03 10:57 PM Re: look what I found
Big Jim Offline

Registered: 07/18/03
Posts: 377
Loc: Denver, CO USA
SvenNYC - they were called stablocs because of the way they attached to the bus. They had some kind of pointed prongs that you "stabed" into holes on the buss. After heating cycles, the prongs lost their tension and were likely to just fall out.

#30116 - 10/08/03 11:51 AM Re: look what I found
SJT Offline

Registered: 07/24/02
Posts: 242
I guess its a good idea to keep a couple, and if there was any kind of water getting into the panel, I would push for a panel change as a minimum, and possibly a service upgrade. I have to admit, I have had very few calls, where a FPE breaker was bad. Usually, I would see the whole panel burn up. I allways tell the owner, that these breakers are known not to trip. Usually the people will listen. There's nothing like seeing a home owners panel box, and there it is, and you say to yourself, I feel sorry for this guy.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 >

ECN Electrical Forums - sponsored by Electrical Contractor Network - Electrical and Code Related Discussion for Electrical Contractors, Electricians, Inspectors, Instructors, Engineers and other related Professionals