Old 05-26-01, 09:40 PM
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Hi I'm back again ... I'm at my Breaker box now, gets a lil hairy with all these wires above coming out of box.. Any advice, I'm planning on boxing corner off, just like 1 ft by 2 ft... When I get electrician to wire, how much room does he need by box to get wires out? above/sides? I plan on making a small hideaway door to access breaker box... Any idea on how much wiring cost for about a 800 sq foot basement? I know someone that might do it for just cost of materials, any idea how much andwhat kind of wire I need... Any and all info would be appreciated.. thanx again guys...
Old 05-27-01, 01:44 PM
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Electrical code requires a 30" side to side space, and 36" clearance in front of the panel. The breaker can be located in the center, or on the left or right side of the 30" space.

Wires usually come out the top and/or bottom of the box. The wires must be secured just after they come out of the box, usually to a 2x4 on edge running crosswise above or below the box.

If you can, find a house under construction where you can look at a typical box installation. Some boxes in finished homes also have the details of the box installation still visible.
Old 05-27-01, 08:23 PM
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What does clearance mean? No walls? So I cant make a lil corner closet? It's mounted next to another foundation wall, so cant have clearance on that side...
Old 05-28-01, 02:45 AM
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No closets. You electrical panel must be in full view. That is code. If you have someone who is going to install it for free, why don't you have him come over and lay it out for you.

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