Melted Plastic around Lug


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Old 07-23-18, 10:24 AM
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Exclamation Melted Plastic around Lug

I have a manufactured home from around 1983. Recently I was adding a new circuit to the main panel and noticed that there is some melted plastic around one of the main lugs feeding the panel. I dont know when this occurred I have only owned the home for a couple years. Most breakers are ITE / Gould but the panel has no identification stickers left for me to determine what part number/model this panel is. I have read that during the late 80s there was a recall for some ITE panels and that Siemens would come out and check them - I would assume that the timeframe for this must be over by now.

I am not sure what kind of remedy is best for this situation, is there some way to repair this or should I install an entire new panel? Luckily I have a shut off after the meter and before the house, so I can kill all the power to the main panel very easily for repair/replacement.

Any suggestions and additional information about these ITE panels and what you can tell from the photos attached would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
 
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Old 07-23-18, 01:04 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Either the wire in the left hand lug is loose or the stabs are weak on the breaker. I've seen panels like that in that condition and have changed them. I would recommend replacement in your case too.

I would not recommend any servicing of the main breaker.
 
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Old 07-23-18, 03:18 PM
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It.looks like the lugs were.never.torqued to the proper.values.
 
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Old 07-24-18, 11:39 AM
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I agree that panel replacement is likely the best course of action. The lugs and main breaker appear to have sustained pretty bad heat damage, and the last couple inches of insulation on the feeder wires looks damaged too. Thankfully you have enough extra wire to do a panel replacement without replacing the entire feeder.
 
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Old 07-24-18, 11:41 AM
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Thank you for the input. I am in agreement, while I could just cut and strip the feed wires apply anti oxidizing agent and torque to the spec, the panel will always remain damaged and so perhaps the best course is just to replace everything. Thanks again
 
 

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