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Old 10-27-2011, 08:51 AM   #1
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I am installing my new service panel in my pole building on a wall toward the front. It is in a location where the 12'X12' garage door still retracts over it. It is in a 40 X 48 enclosed pole building. The retracted door is still a good 5' from the top of the service panel. The service wires come in to the bottom of the service panel. Would this location potentially be a problem for the inspector? No one advising me on the job has said this was an issue but I just noticed it after I has the doors put in.

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I would place the panel on another wall. You do not need someone opening the door, while someone else is working on the panel.

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your kinda in a gray area in the code. It says you need 3ft clearance in front of the panel to allow access for workers. But the door isnt permanently in front of the panel either, so Id just go with your gut on this one. Gregzoll mentioned the only real problem with setup.
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it will be entirely up to the AHJ. Your going to have to check with the inspector. Nobody else will be able to give you any answer other than "my inspector would (or wouldn't) except it"


Although maybe a picture would help, because im not sure i follow you 100%. Does the door pull open to the side, and if you pull it all the way open it blocks the panel?
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Sounds like this is a rollup door that when up is 5' over the top of the panel. Without a better picture I don't see an issue.
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thats where im confused. How would a roll up door cover a panel when open, but not closed. Unless the panel is mounted in the ceiling. I guess im just a little lost on this one
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My electric company has a document on their web site called "electric service requirements". But I don't remember seeing anything about garage doors in that? Anyway your electric company should have something similar. This will say what you can/can't do with an electric service.

FYI - In my area, you are required to have a main disconnect outside, perhaps why they don't mention anything about inside doors?

Including and beyond the electric service, it is the local inspector's sayso...
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thats where im confused. How would a roll up door cover a panel when open, but not closed. Unless the panel is mounted in the ceiling. I guess im just a little lost on this one
My impression is that the panel is mounted on a side wall and the door when opened extends into the air space 5' above the panel.
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My impression is that the panel is mounted on a side wall and the door when opened extends into the air space 5' above the panel.

if thats the case then no AHJ would ever have a problem with it. If thats the case
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violation.. yes.

likely to be noticed, no.
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Techy, the door might not be over the footprint of the panel. It might just extend over the required workspace tho.

I wish the OP would clarify.

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