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Definitely an issue. It's dielectric properties aren't investigated, as far as I know, for an application involving direct contact with energized surfaces for the simple reason that it wasn't intended for such applications in the first place.

My write-up would likely rhyme with that.

Marc

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I agree with the workmanship issue but wouldn't want to see you hung by mis-identifying it to your clients. Even though it has probably off-gassed because of its age, it is still a Formaldehyde based product. One older home I inspected had this installed and had a chunk of missing plaster in a closet and it managed to fill the upper shelf engulfing a bunch of hand bags stored on the shelf.

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It is not Great Stuff, but I don't think it's UFFI either. UFFI that I see always has a very distinct yellow color. Also, it'd be a little powdery by now, and some chunks broken off.

The panel looks too new to have been installed 35+ years ago.

So, what the heck is it?

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I agree with the workmanship issue but wouldn't want to see you hung by mis-identifying it to your clients.

It's that looking out for each other that keeps us coming back here.

The panel was installed about 15 years ago in a 97 year old house that had been rewired. Other than the foam, the panel had been fairly nicely done. I'd bet it wasn't the electrician that put it there.

Report is long gone but I just told them:

The foam sprayed inside the panel is a contaminant. I don't know if it's flammable or not but it should be removed. I'd bet it's not approved for contact with energized surfaces in an electrical panel.

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