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#160992 - 03/28/07 05:26 PM Federal Electric Panels in the UK  
uksparx  Offline
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Has anyone experience of FE panels and Stab-Lok breakers in the UK? I have recently encountered several of these and wondered if we have the same worries with these as in the US and Canada. What made me think about this was one panel in particular, it had two 30 Amp breakers which would no longer carry anywhere near 30 Amps without tripping. Although I believe the problem is with them NOT tripping?? Any help or advice would be great.

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#160995 - 03/28/07 06:01 PM Re: Federal Electric Panels in the UK [Re: uksparx]  
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we had one installed in 1984 and it is still in service. The breakers are slightly different as far as I know and in ours, the stabs are quite secure. I did look into it and there was no information about UK stabloc faliures. I might even have a few spare breakers around somewhere.

I understand that these panels didnt have such faliure in Canada. It seems that the US ones were constructed to a lower standard.

We had a PIR done and they said it was fine.

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#161008 - 03/28/07 09:14 PM Re: Federal Electric Panels in the UK [Re: uksparx]  
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Gidday Dave,
Sorry to twist this off-topic, but we have Federal electrical gear here in New Zealand.
Only as far as what you would call a Consumer Unit.
The MCB's are Federal in brand only I think, because they look like any other generic brand of Circuit Breaker.
I've got a pic of a board here somewhere with the Federal breakers, DIN Rail mounting too.
Ahh, here it is:

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#161039 - 03/29/07 12:34 PM Re: Federal Electric Panels in the UK [Re: Trumpy]  
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Thanks for the replies, Johno - that helps to know it was apparently only US made ones that went bad. Trumpy - thanks for the pic, they do appear to be "standard" DIN rail ones you have. The ones I was concerned about are exactly like the US ones with the StabLok connection, hopefully we got them made in a factory with better quality control. I'll try and get some pics next time I'm on that job.

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