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Old 7/9/10, 9:21 PM
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Can anyone tell me if this panel has known issues with it or is a recalled panel? Its a Sylvania panel installed in 1978.
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Old 7/9/10, 9:44 PM
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Old 7/9/10, 9:50 PM
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Thanks Larry,
Just as I suspected.



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Old 7/9/10, 9:51 PM
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Just saw one yesterday with loose breakers.
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Old 7/9/10, 10:28 PM
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Wasn't it just the aluminum bus ones that were a problem? That sure looks like copper from here...

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Old 7/10/10, 12:27 AM
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That sure looks like copper from here...
They're AL. You're looking at the Mylar backing behind the bus bars.

That is just a Zinsco panel with a Sylvania label.



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They're AL. You're looking at the Mylar backing behind the bus bars.

That is just a Zinsco panel with a Sylvania label.
Oh yea, I see them sticking out there in the bottom. Thanks for the correction Jeff.



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Can anyone tell me if this panel has known issues with it or is a recalled panel? Its a Sylvania panel installed in 1978.
Any service equipment or sub with an AL Bus in my opinion should be upgraded, and I tell each client that, whether they have a electrician look at it is their decision. Personally I would not risk a fire for a couple grand replacing a panel which in "My Opinion" should be upgraded.

I note their have been known "Issues".
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As JP said, the Zinsco/Sylvania panels go hand in hand.

Dan's site has some good info for HI's to look at as well as our clients to refer to. For more than one reason, I have linked information like this in my report:

http://www.inspectapedia.com/electric/Zinsco.htm

if you mention Zinsco/Sylvania panels in your report, you will also learn that some Sparkies aren't familiar with the issue

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despite the fact that you are referring work to them, many will not always agree with your findings, as I have discussed this matter with several of them and recently, in discussing this matter, the electrician had never heard of the Zinsco/Sylvannia panel "issue" they "just replaced it because it was old".

Dan keeps a list of Sparkies that are "familiar" with Zinsco and similar issues http://www.inspectapedia.com/electri..._Directory.htm

Having replaced some of these breakers myself and seeing what they look like when I've pulled them out... I would be hard pressed to ever change my mind and endorse these panels.



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Good info as I honestly never knew of the Sylvania issue.
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Check this out...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMV1jmDn3o4&feature=related

Any of these panels need to go in the trash can...

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Thanks for the video link Ron.



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