Drywalling around an existing panel... any code issues?
Currently, my main service panel is attached to a plywood backer that's attached to furring strips directly on the basement wall. The rest of the wall is covered with wood paneling attached to furring strips.
I'm wanting to take down the paneling and put up some rigid foam insulation between the furring strips and cover with drywall. Obviously, I'm not going to bother the existing panel, so the drywall will be flush with the plywood backer. Any problems with that so far?
Step 2 will be to install a new sub panel next to the existing panel. This will be attached to a plywood backer on top of the new drywall, so will be raised off the wall further than the current panel.
Any problem from a code standpoint doing either of these?
I agree that you should install the sub panel the same way. It will look much better. If you cannot or do not want to, you can use one of these for the sub. They are available in most all standard trade sizes.