ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
Top Posters(30 Days)
dsk 13
Admin 8
doc 3
Recent Posts
Bathroom electrical
by doc. 08/19/17 06:53 AM
electircal ageing test on IPC
by SIAME. 08/15/17 02:43 AM
electrical aging test on IPC
by gfretwell. 08/15/17 12:27 AM
"Line level" audio on Cat 5?
by gfretwell. 08/08/17 10:39 PM
Fire alarm phone lines and color coding
by gfretwell. 08/08/17 10:26 PM
New in the Gallery:
Gallery Test
Popular Topics(Views)
239,971 Are you busy
175,562 Re: Forum
167,810 Need opinion
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 54 guests, and 8 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate This Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
#196822 - 10/28/10 10:02 PM Electrical Installations  
swoop  Offline
New Member
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9
In my opinion home depot and lowes should not be allowed to sell main panel and sub panels and for that matter breakers to anyone who does not have a license, period!!!

Tools for Electricians:

#196825 - 10/28/10 10:31 PM Re: Electrical Installations [Re: swoop]  
dougwells  Offline

Joined: May 2003
Posts: 1,140
kamloops BC Canada
In BC a Home owner can replace their own breakers without a permit.

#196864 - 10/30/10 12:46 AM Re: Electrical Installations [Re: dougwells]  
twh  Offline
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 916
Regina, Sask.
Rules seldom have the effect you want. It might be better to have homeowners buying new from a retail outlet than used from a buddy.

Anyway, what happened?

#196868 - 10/30/10 02:14 AM Re: Electrical Installations [Re: twh]  
gfretwell  Offline

Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,103
In these "internet" days, bans like that are unenforceable anyway.

Greg Fretwell

#196884 - 10/30/10 10:42 PM Re: Electrical Installations [Re: gfretwell]  
swoop  Offline
New Member
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9
well a friend called me about his dryer, it had no heat so i went over and found out that his buddy had put a new panel in for him.after a couple of hours of straightening out everything i looked at the dryer problem.he He had the double breaker on the same phase.I mostly use cutler hammer or square D but this one was a fpe. Cutler hammer stagger their phases and so does square D but FPE doesnt they group them in twos.So never start with a double on FPE.

#196885 - 10/30/10 10:58 PM Re: Electrical Installations [Re: swoop]  
HotLine1  Offline

Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,858
Brick, NJ USA

What? You guys up in Canada have NEW FPE panels??


#196887 - 10/31/10 03:36 AM Re: Electrical Installations [Re: HotLine1]  
crselectric  Offline
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 133
albany, ca
maybe their just selling off old stock, but I would have sent them all back, I hear the new breakers are ok though

#196888 - 10/31/10 03:59 AM Re: Electrical Installations [Re: HotLine1]  
dougwells  Offline

Joined: May 2003
Posts: 1,140
kamloops BC Canada
Originally Posted by HotLine1

What? You guys up in Canada have NEW FPE panels??


#196897 - 10/31/10 10:11 PM Re: Electrical Installations [Re: dougwells]  
EV607797  Offline
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 745
Fredericksburg, VA, USA
Yikes! Looks as if they just changed the color of the breakers. It wasn't the "stab" part that caused FPE breakers to be so dangerous. It was the fact that they wouldn't trip!

I seem to recall that their skinny two-pole breakers couldn't occupy a space on the same leg. It has been a while since I've encountered an FPE panel around here so I can't speak with certainty.


"But the guy at Home Depot said it would work."

#196924 - 11/01/10 08:29 PM Re: Electrical Installations [Re: EV607797]  
swoop  Offline
New Member
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9
Yes we are allowed to put them in our igloo's

Page 1 of 2 1 2

Member Spotlight
lil suzi
lil suzi
Posts: 57
Joined: August 2003
Show All Member Profiles 

2017 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2017 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman


Shout Box
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.024s Queries: 16 (0.004s) Memory: 0.8190 MB (Peak: 0.9996 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2017-08-20 05:52:26 UTC