Electrical Subpanel in attic


Old 04-05-13, 04:11 PM
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Electrical Subpanel in attic

I want to put a subpanel (220v) in my attic to drop circuits to a remodeled kitchen. Plenty of clearence left and right and in front of the panel but attic is only 4' tall.

Per NEC; 110.26 (E) I need 6.5' clear headroom unless:

In existing dwelling units, service equipment or panelboards that do not exceed 200 amperes shall be permitted in spaces where the headroom is less than 2.0 m (6 1/ 2 ft).

House is existing, so am I ok with those clearences?
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Old 04-05-13, 04:19 PM
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Do you have a permanent stairway to the attic or is it a hatch that requires a portable ladder? Panelboards require ready access and a ladder won't pass muster.
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For the purpose of this discussion, let's say it a permanent ladder. It's not actually installed yet, but I've been planning on one anyways.
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I believe you are good to go with a panel less than 200A. Of course the code inspectors interpretation of that exception is the one that matters. Don't install it there and say "Ed said it was ok"
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Make a sketch of the location and take it with you when you file for the permit. Then you'll know whether they're willing to approve your proposal and the conditions you will have to meet to pass final.

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