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Old 05-12-2013, 06:44 PM   #1
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This panel is located in Raleigh, NC. The house was built in 1959, but electrical updated in recent past (unsure when). Original fuse box, no longer in use, was located about 3' away. They added a family room and closet which the panel resides in. The service is overhead, and entrance line comes through crawlspace and into this closet about 20' or so from the meter.
Do the exposed lines entering/exiting the lower panel box require conduit, and would this main service panel require another disconnect closer to the meter or does the meter act as the disconnect? I often see entrance cables not in conduit (on the interior of a basement, garage, etc) and main service panels far from meters. The buyer of this house was told that work has to be done by a couple of electricians, and I just wanted to check with a group of professionals about that. We are only concerned with code correct, not necessarily "better" methods. Thanks!

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picture was taken 6-7' away, water heater is not as close to panel as it appears.

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Every structure needs a disconnect either outside, or nearest point of entrance on the inside, I would hardly call 20' of unfused service entrance conductors the 'nearest point of entrance'


The cable exposed is fine, you may or may not have some working clearance issues...
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Every structure needs a disconnect either outside, or nearest point of entrance on the inside, I would hardly call 20' of unfused service entrance conductors the 'nearest point of entrance'


The cable exposed is fine, you may or may not have some working clearance issues...
So going through the crawlspace for that 20' would be considered interior? Thanks for your help!
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So going through the crawlspace for that 20' would be considered interior? Thanks for your help!
absolutely, that structure should have had a disconnect on the outside.
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I agree with stickboy after I look at the photo and really you should have a outdoor disconnect switch right below the meter socket and the crawl space do count as interal so that is on the hook on that one.

Second thing if you plan to put a outdoor main breaker you will have to change the cable from the meter socket from SE cable to SER cable or run 4 conductor in conduit and add ground bussbar to get them legit on this set up.

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Also, it looks like the cables entering the enclosure are not supported correctly. All should be secured within 12" of the panel, maximum. Very easy fix.

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