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Old 04-04-2007, 01:02 AM   #1
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Location of a sub panel


I am remodeling my kitchen and I have a hard time deciding where is the best and code compliant location for the new panel I need to install.

The code says something like "electrical panel should be easily accessible" with 30 something inches horizontal clearance. Some spaces like the bathroom, clothes closet, kitchen cabinet are NOT acceptable. But unfortunately, "easily accessible" leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

In my case, I am wondering about my crawling space. Which is (to my standard) easily accessible through a 4 feet tall door from the front of the building. The ceilling height near the entrance is about 4 1/2 feet. The size of this area is about 10x10 feet and the height gradually reduces to 1-2 feet in the opposite corners.

Is unconditioned space automatically disqualified for an electrical panel ? Are there any exceptions ?

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You need 78" headroom, 30" total left and right, and 36" in front of the panel. 110.26

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In my case, I am wondering about my crawling space. Which is (to my standard) easily accessible through a 4 feet tall door from the front of the building.
The code says 6 1/2 feet min for a reason. An ordinary person should be able to walk, not crawl, up to the equipment and be able to safey work standing up. He also needs to be able to jump away fast in case of a fault, while he is working on the equipment, that is why you need 3 feet back from the panel.
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Thanks for the great answers !

Having this panel down in the crawling space didn't feel right but I just counldn't find out why. It would have saved some $ on the feeder but that's not as bad as having to re-wire the whole thing :-)

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