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Old 01-24-2010, 07:03 PM   #1
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My panel is located in the basement along an outside wall of a finished basement. There is no way to access the panel to add new circuits without ripping down drywall around it.

My question is, is it legal to frame a closet around the panel so I can gain access to all the circuits entering the panel if needed. Nothing but an electrical closet, no clothes or anything else will be in there. I am located in PA if that matters at all.

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Old 01-24-2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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I think you're safe as long as you meet all the proper clearances (someone might be able to chime in with actual numbers) and as long as there's no items that could block it.

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As long as you keep the require clerances around the panel & no clothes/combustibles in the closet

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Awesome. Thanks a lot. Looks like its going to be bigger than I originally planned.
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Cut out the sheetrock top and bottom, and make some cabinet doors to cover the openning.
How many times do you think you will need to access the wiring?
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Awesome. Thanks a lot. Looks like its going to be bigger than I originally planned.
The diagram depicts working clearances, not the size of the closet or whatever is built to cover the panel from view.
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The closet can be small if opening the door give the clearance. It could be just a door or cover right against the wall if you wish.
Infact if you made as big as those clearnaces it probably would no pass. Because then it is big enough for someone to start storing stuff in front of the panel on the floor.
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Here is a door someone built to cover a panel:



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Here is a door someone built to cover a panel:



This is exactly what I want to do. Is this legal?
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What a freakin ratsnest! aren't there any kind of cable management solutions to clean that up?
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This is exactly what I want to do. Is this legal?
Technically, no. The working clearance requirement is taken off the front of the panel and recessing it in a closet like that (with seemingly low headroom) impedes the required working clearance. With a full-height door it would be perfectly legal. It might just be an illusion in the picture though....
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Yeah. I'd say its a little on the short side, unless the glass pane door to the left is 8' tall
Use a full size door
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Technically, no. The working clearance requirement is taken off the front of the panel and recessing it in a closet like that (with seemingly low headroom) impedes the required working clearance. With a full-height door it would be perfectly legal. It might just be an illusion in the picture though....
It's not an illusion. I had the same (gut) feeling looking at the (Second set of pictures) It ain't got the (required) clearance.!

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