Code question about j-box accessibility

Old 09-04-03, 09:29 PM
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Code question about j-box accessibility

I'm installing an inline fan above a closet ceiling to help ventilate an adjacent room. I would like to mount the gang box within the ceiling joist above the closet. I will then cut out a small access panel in the closet ceiling. This means the gang box will not be visible from the closet but it will be accessible from the access panel. Is this a code violation?

Old 09-05-03, 06:27 AM
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Your idea should be fine!! The main thing to keep in mind is that you must have enough space within that access to work on the junction box. The code states that junction boxes must be accessible and by cutting this access point in the ceiling you will make it accessible.
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Just curious - if the area above the closet is an unfinished attic space would the access panel be needed?

The j-box could be accessed fairly easily by going into the attic in my thinking.

Just wondering.
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If the box is accessible from the attic and the attic is accessible, then no access panel would be required.

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