I have a 30+ year old FPE 200 amp main panel attached to my house. During the last few years, I've had 2 electricians on separate occasions tell me that I should replace the FPE panel due to being a fire-hazard. Upon googling, I've read alot of such stories about FPE. Unfortunately, the cost estimates that these electrician gave me were more than I wanted to pay for this job. I've priced a comparable main panel, main breaker and circuit breaker, so I think the main part of the estimates is labor cost.
I'm not an electrician, but I'm a electronic technician with a good understanding of AC power. It doesn't seem like rocket science in swapping out a panel. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I recently built a workshop and added and auxiliary panel to this main panel, so I'm somewhat familiar.
Here's my basic plan: 1. Have the local utility company disconnect the power at the meter. 2. label the individual hot wires for each circuit. 3 disconnect the hot, neutral and grounds, as well as the main feeds. 4. pull the main panel off and install a new panel. 5 install new main breaker and circuit breakers 6. Attach the circuit neutral and ground to the bus bar. 7. Attach the individual circuit hot wires to the individual breakers. 8. Attach the main feed wires to main breaker and ground to the bus. 9. Have the local utility company reconnect power.
I will also check with the code enforcement to see about a permit and inspections. I'm guessing that this entire job could be done within a few hours, pending delays from inspectors and utility company.
Did I miss anything?