Laundry room breaker panel in new home

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Laundry room breaker panel in new home

Hi all my question is can I put my dryer next to (left side) and under the breaker box the door on the breaker will open to the right and I can reach all the breakers
the room is off a hallway, size of the room is deep enough for the washer and dryer and 6 feet wide. in the picture the room is in the center where the compressor is the breaker box is on the left I will take a new picture if need be. I am building this house myself thanks

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Old 10-02-16, 01:08 PM
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All I can tell you is there must be 36" in front of the panel and a working area of 30 wide and 6 1/2' tall. It is difficult to tell from the picture how deep the closet will be, nor in which direction your appliances will face. If you are facing in that closet and your appliances are toward the back wall, then you will have no problem where you propose to install the panel.

Unrelated to your question, but since the panel will be on an interior wall, you will need a disconnect at the meter base and, depending on local code, the entrance could be required to be in conduit from the disconnect to the panel, so plan on that. Check with your code inspector regarding what they will expect as early as possible. Easier to do it now than to do it on inspection.
 
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You essentially need to be able to slide a refrigerator box 30"W x 36"D up to the face of the panel without hitting an obstruction. The panel need not be centered in the 30"W. If the panel is near a door, you are allowed to open or close the door if necessary to meet the required clearances.
 
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can I put my dryer next to (left side) and under the breaker box
Then that would mean you would be reaching over the dryer from the hallway to get to the breakers.
In order to work on the panel you would need to be on top of the dryer.

Basically the picture you posted is useless.
 
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so if the dryer is on the left pulling it (dryer) out to work on the panel is a not allowed? I guess I can stack a pair on the right. no door will be used here it will be something that slides like you put on a sliding door for shade if you know what I mean
 
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yes the meter box outside main breaker is the disconnect plus the inside breaker box has its it's own main breaker
 
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Old 10-02-16, 04:24 PM
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That closet is not deep enough for a washer and dryer to go tandem. Where will the washer be? I may not be seeing this the way Pete is. I am envisioning the washer and dryer along the long wall. Pete is seeing along the left wall. Which will it be?
 
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Old 10-02-16, 04:25 PM
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so if the dryer is on the left pulling it (dryer) out to work on the panel is a not allowed?
Correct. You must have a clear space in front of the panel.
I guess I can stack a pair on the right
Or put the subpanel in a more accessible place so you don't limit your choice of washer and dryer. It could be placed facing into a hall way. You are allowed to cover it with a picture or a hinged faux cabinet door if aesthetics is important.
 
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well the panel is installed the room is 6 feet wide and 42 inches deep thanks for all the help
 
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Old 10-02-16, 04:30 PM
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See edit to my post above.
 
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the room is where that black air compressor is 6 feet wide 42 inches deep no door will be user just a sliding shade
 
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Old 10-02-16, 04:34 PM
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ray2047 seen it thanks

so if the dryer is on the left pulling it (dryer) out to work on the panel is a not allowed?
Correct. You must have a clear space in front of the panel.

I guess I can stack a pair on the right
Or put the subpanel in a more accessible place so you don't limit your choice of washer and dryer. It could be placed facing into a hall way. You are allowed to cover it with a picture or a hinged faux cabinet door if aesthetics is important.
 
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Old 10-02-16, 04:35 PM
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I can't get you to answer the question in post 2 and 7. Tell us which way the washer and dryer will be positioned in the room. Along the long wall or one on each short wall. It's not making sense.
 
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sorry along the long wall looking in to the room same way the header is running
 
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Old 10-02-16, 04:57 PM
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here is another view looking down the side of the room notice the wire runs are on the far side of this shot. when I go back to the house ill take one with the panel installed
 
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With the interior measurements of the room, the dryer will overlap the 30" required by code. Can the panel be put in the adjacent room, just turning the panel 180 degrees??

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no the air handler is on the left of the drawing and behind this drawing is the master bath the washer and dryer would be placed to the right in this picture the panel is installed in the middle of the 42 inch wall on the left it will be 12 inches between the panel and washer but I can just buy a stack washer and dryer and put them on the right
 
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Old 10-02-16, 05:29 PM
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A stacker would solve all your problems, IMO
 
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then again the washer wont be their for the final anyway thanks all for the info take care
 
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Old 10-02-16, 06:51 PM
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So why not use a better location for the panel? The cables can easily be extended.
then again the washer wont be their for the final anyway
If the inspector thinks it is just a closet he will red tag it because the panel can't be in a closet.
 
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no really don't want to splice my runs and it will not have a door and it just me and my old lady that's going to be living their and a stacked unit will be fine for us, the opening is 5 feet and the room is 6 feet wide ill just see what he says and take it from that point..
 
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Old 10-03-16, 06:57 AM
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A panel can be in a closet, but not near easily ignited materials. The proper clearances are still needed.
 
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Old 10-03-16, 11:35 AM
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I called the town they said it will be fine as long as I can pull the dryer out of the way if the panel has to be worked on... thanks all
 
 

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