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globus999 11-23-2010 09:10 PM

Electric panel enclosure question
 
Hi,
I am finishing the basement. The basement contains an existing electric panel (which I am not modifying). I have built framing around it and roughed-in the wires. It passed rough-in inspection.

Now I need to build an enclosure around the panel. Technically this is not a problem since i'll build it extending the frame out about 1 to 2 inches (to account for the protrusion of the panel out or the frame). However, I don't know how close to the breaker handles themselves am I allowed to install the door? I asked the inspector and the jack a** did not answer. It looked at me as if this distance would be totally irrelevant.

Can I install the door barely touching the plastic handles? 1/4 inch? 1/2 inch? Since the door is going to be made out of wood, this could represent a fire hazard if anything happens. Wouldn't this distance be coded? Is there a minimum clearance?

Oh, btw, I live in Ontario, Canada. However, any answer / guidance would be *exceedingly* welcomed!

a7ecorsair 11-23-2010 09:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by globus999 (Post 539582)
The basement contains an existing electric panel (which I am not modifying).

It sounds to like you are making a new panel cover. Is this correct?

globus999 11-23-2010 09:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by a7ecorsair (Post 539594)
It sounds to like you are making a new panel cover. Is this correct?

Yes, this is correct.The existing panel has no cover.

a7ecorsair 11-23-2010 09:37 PM

You will have to wait until one of the Canadian electricians jumps in..:yes:

frenchelectrican 11-23-2010 09:47 PM

I just want to make sure I am reading this correct that you need a cover to hide the whole thing like useing a cabent door to cover them up even picture frame to cover it up or.,

Metal cover which the oringal cover is missing ?

Merci.
Marc

globus999 11-23-2010 10:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frenchelectrican (Post 539633)
I just want to make sure I am reading this correct that you need a cover to hide the whole thing like useing a cabent door to cover them up even picture frame to cover it up or.,

Metal cover which the oringal cover is missing ?

Merci.
Marc

Hi, yes and no. I am building something like a cabinet door to cover the entire panel up. However, the original panel is the type that does not have a door. It's just a flat panel with the plastic handles of the breakers protruding out.

frenchelectrican 11-23-2010 10:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by globus999 (Post 539670)
Hi, yes and no. I am building something like a cabinet door to cover the entire panel up. However, the original panel is the type that does not have a door. It's just a flat panel with the plastic handles of the breakers protruding out.

Ok.,

Now I can see where this goes anyway I know in USA generally not a issue as long you don't block the front of the load centre but Canada I think it should be simauir but just wait for Joed or other to chime in to confirm this question.

Merci.
Marc


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