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This document describes how to identify Federal Pioneer Stab-Lok® Panels in buildings. the "Federal Electric" marking appears on some generations of residential electrical equipment which better known in the U.S. as Federal Pacific Electric or FPE or FPE Stab-Lok® .
Replacement FPE Stab-Lok® circuit breakers are unlikely to reduce the failure risk of this equipment. We recommend that residential FPE Stab-Lok® electrical panels be replaced entirely or the entire panel bus assembly be replaced, regardless of FPE model number or FPE year of manufacture. We do not sell circuit breakers nor any other products.
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A Photo Guide to Federal Pioneer Electrical Equipment
A visual inspection of Federal Pioneer Electric panels indicates that the design of these components is (or was) essentially identical to the problematic FPE Stab-Lok® design.
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This is information for building inspectors, home buyers, home owners, electricians exploring the background of possible hazards associated with Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok® circuit breakers and service panels.
Photographic Guide to Federal Pioneer and Federal Electric Electrical Panels
Below we provide a photographic library of various types of Federal Pioneer electrical panel covers and labels which permit a consumer to identify the equipment from its exterior as well as circuit breaker labels and other details.
Since there is risk of dangerous or even fatal electric shock, only an expert such as a licensed electrician, electrical engineer, or home inspector should physically remove the front cover to permit inspection of the panel bus and other interior features.
Above is shown the interior of the Federal Pioneer electrical Panel shown at the top of this page. You can observe the characteristic FPE Stab-Lok® circuit breaker connection bus design.
Below are additional Federal Pioneer electrical panel and label photos that can assist in identification of FP Electrical panels installed throughout Canada.
Safety of old and more recently-manufactured Federal Pioneer Electrical Panels and Circuit Breakers is discussed in detail at FEDERAL PIONEER PANEL SAFETY
Residential Federal Pioneer electrical panels can be expected to have similar hazards and failures as those discussed for FPE Stab-Lok® equipment.
Below: a half-hidden Federal Pioneer electrical panel label.
We have no data concerning the performance of Federal Pioneer industrial or commercial electrical equipment, such as shown in this photograph, and we have not received failure reports for it.
Additional Photo Guides to Identification of Federal Pioneer and Federal Pacific Stab-Lok® Electrical Panels and Circuit Breakers are listed at page top or at the MORE READING links at the bottom of this article .
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Counterfeit Federal Federal Pioneer Circuit Breaker Warning
Watch out: separate from companies selling what they assert are new, non-counterfeit FP or Federal Pioneer circuit breakers that may not perform adequately, there have been absolute fake or counterfeit FPE Stab-Lok circuit breakers sold on eBay and perhaps from other vendors. See
Elod Tamas Toldy, owner of Pioneer Breaker and Control Supply sentenced to federal prison for mail fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods and services for marketing COUNTERFEIT CIRCUIT BREAKERS on eBay [PDF], under the brand names Zinsco and FPE Stab-Lok. - source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, retrieved 2018/05/02, original source https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-business-owner-sentenced-counterfeit-circuit-breaker-scheme - ICE Office of Public Affairs at (202) 732-4242.
Members of the public can report suspected counterfeit operations by calling the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations HSI’s toll-free hotline at: 866-347-2423.
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