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Old 07-25-2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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Looking for information. Does the NEC code allow for a electrical panel to
be installed inside a clothes closet.

If the answer is no. Then could the clothes closet be change.

The Panel is located inside the right wall of this clothes closet.

Could the home owner, divide the clothes closet.

Part would be for hanging up your clothes, than the divider, then space,
which would be enough, 3 Ft., left for the electrical panel.

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When something goes bad, you don't what to running around looking for a secret hidden panel.

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Looking for information. Does the NEC code allow for a electrical panel to
be installed inside a clothes closet.

If the answer is no. Then could the clothes closet be change.

The Panel is located inside the right wall of this clothes closet.

Could the home owner, divide the clothes closet.

Part would be for hanging up your clothes, than the divider, then space,
which would be enough, 3 Ft., left for the electrical panel.

Thanks!
its most likely a double code violation, is it possible to turn it around to the other side of the wall?
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Why are you worried about this? If you are not changing anything, if it met building code when it was installed, it does not have to be changed.
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Could the home owner, divide the clothes closet.

Part would be for hanging up your clothes, than the divider, then space,
which would be enough, 3 Ft., left for the electrical panel.

Thanks!

I would accept this, but since the NEC decided to add non essential wording to
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240.24 (D) Not in Vicinity of Easily Ignitible Material. Overcurrent devices shall not be located in the vicinity of easily ignitible material, such as a clothes closet.

This may not be easy to pass off to the average inspector, but 3 feet of clearance seems more than adequate to meet this requirement, of course, working spaces must still be met as well.

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1st. thanks, to bobelectric, ionized and stickboy 1375, for you answers

bobelectric I once spent well over an hour inside a resident looking for
that hidden electrical, with the home owner inside. Well the
home got a good laugh. It was behind an open door.

In the house in question to find the electrical panel, one might
start were the service entrance enter the building. Just walking
in, one would have no clue were it would located.

My point was, that the panel shouldn't be hidden behind clothes.
Taken a little off the lenght of the clothes closet would do nio
harm. And then a sign above the entrance, telling everyone,
electrical panel located here.

So without some kind of drawning, on the interior of the house,
a house with no basement, were the 1st. place you go looking
for the house electrical panel.

/Bt way thanks to everyone, whom answer this post.
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This was extremely typical in older trailers. Newer ones behind a BR door is a popular hiding place.
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A couple of thoughts. In my 1950, and then Katrinaed house, there was a three-phase main panel on the outside near the meter and then two sub panels in two different clothes closets. I believe that they were OE to the house.

I can't justify justify locating a panel in plain sight just to make it easy for an electrician to find. I don't find them particularly attractive. If they must be located in a conspicuous place for other considerations, and a false cupboard will improve the appearance of the area, I will build one to hide it. I won't put a sign on it either. If an owner is dumb enough to not know where the panels are, the deserve to have to pay someone to find them.

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