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Old 02-01-03, 06:40 AM
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need breakers

I have 100 amp service that has 6 spots left for breakers.i plan on running new wire for my window shaker,witch is hob&knob right now so new wire is in order.most of the house has been upgraded with new wire but some hob&knob is left.I have done some wireing so far with good results.But for the breakers in the pannell this is new and i know i could wire it up.Now how do i know witch one to get what fits i am lost are they all the same size.thanks for taking the time to read this and your help have a great day all.
 
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Old 02-01-03, 08:24 AM
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On the door of the circuit breaker panel will be label indicating the manufacturer and model of breakers that may be used in your panel. Unless the company doesn't exist anymore, only use those breakers on the label.

PS: I think you were reffering to knob and tube wiring.
 
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Its a brand thing and a type. Look in the panel for the label. SQ D has 2 types, QO and Homeline. There is a obvious physical difference but the panel is labeled also. An older one with narrow breakers would be QO. There are Challenger panels, Westinghouse. Cuttler Hammer, Federal Pacific, ITT , etc. 20 amp for use with 12 wire and 15 for 14
 
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Old 02-04-03, 01:55 AM
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FP breakers

If they're FP breakers(colored switch tip) I can get you the breakers from the very last source I could find in the US.. a packrat fellow electrician. Email me what you need and i can see what i can do, but i suggestgetting a new panel, they went out because of too many lawsuits!
ps hob and knob, thats funny
 
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FPE breakers are readily available in Canada. FPE panels are still very popular in Canada.
 
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Old 02-04-03, 01:09 PM
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fp

well like i said, they arent available herein the us
 
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Old 02-04-03, 02:41 PM
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Well thease breakers are FPE type what does that stand for.Also so far the wireing i have been using is 14/2.Thanks for the help all.Anything else I should look out for.
 
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Old 02-04-03, 05:09 PM
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Federal Pacific Electric
 
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Also Federal Pioneer Electric
 
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Old 02-04-03, 05:26 PM
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Federal Pacific are readily available in Texas at most supply houses as well as Home Depot and Lowes.
 
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Old 02-05-03, 12:43 PM
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you should also be able to get theese breakers at breakerbrokers.com, although I'd advise you to also read about how many problems this type of panel and breaker has caused. You may want to consider replacing that panel.
 
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Old 02-05-03, 03:05 PM
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yeah, we call em may trips cause they may trip or they may not. i suggest replacing the whole panel and dont spend any more $$$ on that FPE crap!
 
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Old 02-05-03, 03:27 PM
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Just for the record about FPE..... when I was in my apprenticeship I was taught (wrongly) to find a breaker by purposely shorting the hot wire to ground. I did this to a FPE panel with FPE breakers.... what happened was it NEVER TRIPPED. It welded itself to the conduit all the way back to the main panel, and never even tripped the MAIN. Everyone was very lucky that this was a subpanel, and when I screamed about what was happening, the main for the panel (fed from a seperate panel) was shut off by a fellow electrician. Just one of the many horror stories.
 
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