COMMUNITY FORUM

mountaintop

10:52AM | 01/08/07
Member Since: 01/07/07
1 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
One of the main thick black wires feeding my service panel from the meter is very warm to the touch and is in turn warming the whole breaker box. or vice versa.

Over the past few months a couple of circuit breakers have tripped. I reset them and all is well for a while. The wiring of these circuits is OK I think and they seem to trip while not even under a load.

If I feel the main wire several inches down towards the bottom of the box (and toward the meter), it is not warm.

This is a 200 amp service, but is warm even when there is nowhere near that much in use.

I have tried tightening all the connections inside the box.

Is it possible that the brand (Federal Pacific Electric Stablock) or age (25+ years) is the culprit?

Is is possible to replace the innards and breakers of the box itself so I don't have to tear the wall apart?

Thanks for any insight.

Tom O

11:15AM | 01/08/07
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
FPE has a very poor reputation amongst electricians.

The heat could be coming from a loose connection to the breaker, loose connection breaker to busbar or bad contacts inside the breaker.

Consult an electrician soon to determine the cause. Chances are, you're headed for a new breaker box.

If the panel is installed in a wood frame wall with drywall finish, a skilled electrician can usually change out the panel with minimal damage to the drywall. There may be conditions at your house that would require some drywall demolition but maybe you will luck out.

Billhart

12:47PM | 01/08/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
The problem could be at the connection to the breaker. In the main breaker, corrosion on the bus bars connecting the branch breaker. Or corrosion in the wire it'self.

And of these can end up causing a fire and needs to be fixed.

Cutler Hammer has a retro fit panel and covers.

http://www.cutler-hammer.eaton.com/unsecure/cms1/TD00308001E.PDF

I suspect that will be a special order item and many supply house won't know about it.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Even the simplest holiday decorations can achieve a high visual impact. Here, an unadorned garland held in place with whit... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon