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Electrical Installations #196822 10/28/10 10:02 PM
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swoop Offline OP
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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!!!

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Re: Electrical Installations [Re: swoop] #196825 10/28/10 10:31 PM
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dougwells Offline
In BC a Home owner can replace their own breakers without a permit.

Re: Electrical Installations [Re: dougwells] #196864 10/30/10 12:46 AM
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twh Offline
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?

Re: Electrical Installations [Re: twh] #196868 10/30/10 02:14 AM
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gfretwell Offline
In these "internet" days, bans like that are unenforceable anyway.

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Re: Electrical Installations [Re: gfretwell] #196884 10/30/10 10:42 PM
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swoop Offline OP
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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.

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

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

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

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

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


Re: Electrical Installations [Re: dougwells] #196897 10/31/10 10:11 PM
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EV607797 Offline
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."
Re: Electrical Installations [Re: EV607797] #196924 11/01/10 08:29 PM
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swoop Offline OP
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Yes we are allowed to put them in our igloo's

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