All info I read about Federal Pacific Stab-Lok panels reference 1982 and older panels. Are the newer panels different and considered to be safer?

  • Can you provide us photos of the panel in question? Jul 18, 2016 at 21:25
  • And, some information about what they are and why they might not be "safe"? Jul 19, 2016 at 0:20
  • The Panel is a K200-2040C Type 1 closure
    – R Marxen
    Jul 19, 2016 at 16:42

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I do home inspections and I always throw up a red flag and recommend replacement of any and all FPE stab-loc panels manufactured prior to 1984. After a federal investigation that ended in a very shallow "Duh, we don't really know" kind of conclusion.

FPE panels kinda disappeared for awhile. I'm not sure if they were bought out or retooled, but the newer panels and breakers do have a legit UL listing. In my opinion (backed with 40 years experience), if yours is pre-1983, replace it. A new GE, ITE, etc. panel is not that expensive and you can sleep easier knowing you don't have a questionable electrical distribution in your home.


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