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wackerjr 01-31-2011 09:02 PM

outdoor load center indoors.....
Can a outdoor load center be used indoors? I don't see why not.... but thought I would ask the pros.....

I made the mistake of mounting my subpanel for the garage (attached) 2 feet outside. so this makes all the wiring a nightmare because I would have to j box everything, or conduit everything.... So I am thinking about relocating it to the interior of the garage, and then Romex will be fine....


LyonsElecSupply 01-31-2011 09:14 PM

I dont see why not......Its just a NEMA 3R enclosure....

Unless someone can recite a section of the code that does not allow 3R boxes inside.

I think the only problem you will run into is that Enclosure cant be mounted between studs, you will have to surface mount it and come in from the back of the box.....

If I remember correctly outdoor boxes do not have pre drilled KOs, you have to make them.

wackerjr 01-31-2011 09:37 PM

good point on the entry... but mine has a bunch of knock outs on the bottom.... and from the sounds of it I can mount it either direction....

Siemens W0816ML1125CU is my panel

LyonsElecSupply 01-31-2011 09:40 PM

I dont think the door will open if you flush mount it between studs.....It will fit, but you cant open it......most 3R enclosures require the door to be unlatched, then lifted and opened......I dont know if you can just get a flush cover that will fit it.....most have a dead front that is the entire box size and screwed into place.

I think you will have to surface mount it, and like I said, you cant use the bottom knockouts, your romex will be exposed. You will have to enter from the back of the enclosure.

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