Federal Pacific Electric FPE Stab Lok Panel Cover Markings &
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This document describes how to identify Federal Pacific Stab-Lok® Electric Panels in buildings by examining readily available markings and names on the exterior of the electrical panel or just inside the hinged door intended to be opened by the consumer.
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.
Photo Guide to Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok® EQUIPMENT COVER LABELS & MARKINGS
Photos of Federal Pacific Electric FPE Stab-Lok® Electric Panel/Circuit Breaker Identifying Labels and Markings How can you it is a "Stab-Lok® " model?
FPE PANEL COVERS - Photos of FPE panel cover and exposed circuit breaker markings
On panels of this vintage you may need to look not at the paper label on the FPE panel door, but rather on the panel face or cover itself for the words "Stab-Lok® " to identify Federal Pacific Electric Stab Lok panels. These identifying words may appear at the top or bottom of the panel face.
Stab-Lok® 200-A panel FPE Model# L120-40 - Texas - This panel was labeled at its top "Stab-Lok® Load Center" and at its "bottom front as "Federal Pacific Electric Company Newark NJ". Texas FPE Stab-Lok® Load Center Electric Panel photos are by M. DeMuth
Stab-Lok® 200-A panel center printing - Texas - At its bottom this FPE Electric Panel is marked at its "bottom front as "Federal Pacific Electric Company Newark NJ". Incidentally, notice that 50-A double pole breaker just up from bottom left? FPE Model# L120-40 was labeled (as you can see in the Texas FPE panel door label photo below) as accepting a maximum 40A breakers.
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2007 FPE Stab-Lok® TECHNICAL REPORT - an updated test report of independent testing (a large 1.2MB PDF file) using a larger pool of FPE Stab-Lok® circuit breakers than the older CPSC and Wright Malta tests found significantly higher failure rates of FPE Stab-Lok® circuit breakers, including a look at critical safety failures (breaker failed to trip at 200% of rated current or jammed) which found up to 80% failure rate for FPE Stab-Lok® GFCI circuit breakers (n=4), 12% failure rate for double pole FPE Stab-Lok® circuit breakers (n=120), and a 1% failure rate for FPE Stab-Lok® single pole circuit breakers (n=345).
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