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look what I found #30107
10/05/03 09:07 PM
10/05/03 09:07 PM
ComputerWizKid  Offline OP
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 119
Connecticut, USA
On Ebay

Should be banned for even listing those [Linked Image] Hope no one buys them

Theres always enough room in the junction box.You just need a bigger hammer
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Re: look what I found #30108
10/06/03 05:28 PM
10/06/03 05:28 PM
Bill Addiss  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 3,890
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.


Re: look what I found #30109
10/06/03 06:16 PM
10/06/03 06:16 PM
Electric Eagle  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 914
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.

Re: look what I found #30110
10/07/03 04:34 AM
10/07/03 04:34 AM
Pinemarten  Offline
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 123
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Canada has many panel that still use them. I think they even are still manufactured here.

Re: look what I found #30111
10/07/03 10:41 AM
10/07/03 10:41 AM
SvenNYC  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,691
New York City
It's a nice relic of times past....

Sort of a reminder of WHAT NOT TO USE also, I guess. [Linked Image]

Why were these things called "Stab Lock"

Were the connections to the breaker "backstabbed"?

Re: look what I found #30112
10/07/03 02:45 PM
10/07/03 02:45 PM
kyme  Offline
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 38
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.

Re: look what I found #30113
10/07/03 10:26 PM
10/07/03 10:26 PM
nesparky  Offline
Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 642
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.

Re: look what I found #30114
10/07/03 11:22 PM
10/07/03 11:22 PM
Bjarney  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,527
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.

Re: look what I found #30115
10/08/03 12:57 AM
10/08/03 12:57 AM
Big Jim  Offline
Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 394
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.

Re: look what I found #30116
10/08/03 01:51 PM
10/08/03 01:51 PM
SJT  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 241
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.

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