Main Breaker Panel

Old 05-30-01, 03:58 PM
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What are some of the rules about where the Main breaker panel (with main cut off) be place?

Distance from the meter?

In an unfinshed walkout basement that is NOT accesable from the main part of the house. (At this time)

I have an 60 year old house that we are adding an addtion and will need to upgrade our 100 amp searvice, plus would like to relocate the breaker panel to the new basement under the addition. Presently the old panel is in a very small bed room that will, later in phase 3, become a new bathroom.

Old 06-02-01, 08:20 PM
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You need to contact your local inspection authority, as different parts of the country have different rules for this.

Generally, the main disconnect needs to be outside or just inside of the home. Usually the meter is installed on an exterior wall, and nippled to the inside with a short nipple, and connected to a panel.

Wherever you put the main, remember to limit the amount of conductor running inside the home, as this conductor is UN-FUSED.

If you need to have the panel at a location that is not just inside your home, you can install the meter/main on an exterior wall, and then run to some other location, where you will put your panel (really a sub-panel).

Again, visit with the local on this one.

Rick Miell
Old 06-03-01, 11:46 AM
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While agonizing about where to put my meter, the local inspector said " you know, there's no rule hat says it has to be on the house. It could be out of sight on the back wall of the garage." Of course, then apply the points RickM makes about feeder to the (sub)panel.

The local utility company cares about height of the meter above ground (60 inches is perfect for them).

You might care about where the service entrance drop wire goes: Through the trees means mangled trees. Over your yard means no volleyball nets.


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