Running Wire Into Main Breaker Panel


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Old 01-03-12, 02:17 PM
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Running Wire Into Main Breaker Panel

I am wiring a sub panel into a main breaker panel. The main panel is recessed into a wall that is neither accessible via crawlspace or attic. How am I going to get the wire to the hole to insert into main panel. Thanks.
 
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Old 01-03-12, 02:21 PM
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Wire into Panel

Remove enough wall covering to gain access.
 
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Old 01-03-12, 02:40 PM
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I figured that would be the easiest way...the wall is two layers of crap wood paneling. How would I make it look right again without too much work? Just a larger paneling patch? It's in a utility room so it's not seen much.
 
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Old 01-03-12, 02:52 PM
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If it's a utility room, It doesn't matter how it looks.
 
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Old 01-03-12, 03:39 PM
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Your local hardware or big box store has spring-fit cover plates, 8" or 12" square (or close to it). Paint it to approximately match the color of the wall. When you have to run your next cable, you'll already have a hole ready to go!
 
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Cool, how would I go about asking someone to locate that for me at home depot? Spring loaded hole cover? And I'll probably use a dremel roto zip type thing to cut the hole, how far down from the bottom of the box is safe? I figured 2-3 inches below the box would be fine to be the top cut of the access hole.
 
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Old 01-03-12, 04:15 PM
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You could ask for an access panel.

Is the the paneling with the random grooves or tongue and groove? Sometimes you can cut the tongue off or score in the lines to cut the finish surface and patch.
 
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Old 01-03-12, 05:31 PM
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They are most often used in plumbing so look there.
 
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Old 01-03-12, 06:58 PM
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If it is cheap paneling, it should have the dark recessed grooves to look like boards running up and down. The two studs on each side of the panel are 16 inches on center. Measure with a tape and you will see those grooves line up on 16 inches. Cut the paneling in that groove, pry it off the wall and you should have access that way. When done, simply nail it back on with paneling nails. Be careful cutting below panel with rotozip saw. Sometimes the wires below the panel may be very near the paneling.
 
 

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