Circuit breaker dilemma

Old 06-10-03, 09:33 AM
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I finished my basement years ago- My electrical box is in corner of basement next to the incoming water main. I enclosed both in a corner closet accessible by a 28" panel door- You can easily access both but it's a little snug- I will have en electrical inspector out there next week since I have to obtain permits. Is there supposed to be a specific clearance in front of the box?? I know I've seen them enclosed before. Please advise.
Old 06-10-03, 05:31 PM
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Code says you need a 30 inch wide opening in front of the panel. You also need 36" clear space out from the panel. Your 28 inch door is too small.
Old 06-11-03, 09:51 AM
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Not necessarily too small. NEC Article 110.26(C)(1) says at least one entrance of "sufficient area" is required. 110.26(C)(2) says that for 1200 amp equipment the entrance shall be 24" wide min, and if it's OK for 1200 amps, I'm sure our homeowner's equipment will be fine with a 28" door.

However, jetsfan68 is correct that clearance in front of the panel must be 36" deep (110.26(A)(1) and 30" wide (110.26(A)(2). If that closet is less than 36" between the front of the panel and the opposite wall you have a problem. To get around the 36" problem, and if the door is directly opposite the panel, a 30" wide door when open would give you the 30" wide by 36" deep space required. So if this closet affords you 36" in front of the panel your door is OK at 28".

Hope that helps.

Old 06-18-03, 12:04 PM
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OK- thanks guys- The electrical inspector is coming out next week- Should I leave "as is" and see what happens, or I am better off fixing it now - I have to rip the door and wall area down and rebuild it.

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