Recess Main Panel?

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Old 11-18-13, 12:29 PM
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Recess Main Panel?

Hello,
Last year I replaced my prone-to-fire Zinsco panel with a new Square D QO panel. At the time I planned to fur the wall out in order to add more insulation but didn't have the details planned, but now I do.

For various reasons I am furring out with 2x6's, which means I have to deal with a panel that set back from the plane of the new wall surface. From what I am able to glean, this is not acceptable.

The options I've explored so far are:
- a new cover for my panel that acts like a mud ring; the panel cover sits flush with the wall. Can't find one.
- reposition the panel in its current location, but moving it out flush with the wall. This option requires a longer piece of rigid conduit from the meter head to the back of panel.
- leave the panel in its present position, leave it recessed in the wall, but build the drywall out around it.

I would love to hear any suggestions this forum has to offer.

Thank you,
Andy
 
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Old 11-18-13, 12:42 PM
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Option one is DOA as the "mud ring" does not exist. Option two requires longer service conductors as well as an electrical permit and the utility disconnecting the meter. Quite expensive. Option three is the only one that makes any sense, at least to me.
 
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Old 11-18-13, 12:42 PM
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The work area around the panel needs to be 30 inches wide by 36 inches deep. The panel does not need to be centered in the width. Can you work out this with your planned framing?
 
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Old 11-18-13, 02:51 PM
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For various reasons I am furring out with 2x6's, which means I have to deal with a panel that set back from the plane of the new wall surface. From what I am able to glean, this is not acceptable
. Are you referring to a building code acceptance ? I wouldn't think it should be an issue.
 
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Old 11-25-13, 06:05 PM
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Hello. It's been a busy week for me - due in part to the inputs from this board.

I mentioned in my OP that I replaced my Zinsco panel. The day I posted this question I was finally having that work inspected. The inspector found two items for correction (unrelated to my post on this board). Given the correctioons, I effectively still had a permit and the inspector said I was able to include the panel reposition under its scope of work.

My cousin, who works for the local power company, was able to come disconnect the meter and run the longer service lines while I worked the panel.

The stars were all in alignment and the job went really well.

Thanks for the help.

Andy
 
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Old 11-25-13, 06:12 PM
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What a great bit of serendipity. Thanks for letting us know the outcome.
 
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