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Old 01-04-2010, 01:11 PM   #1
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I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this question, but thought i'd run past this forum.

Buddy of mine is remodeling his basement, and the main electrical panel is not in a utility room, its out in the main room. He would like to build a walk-in closet around the panel - I told him no a panel cannot be in any form of a clothes closet. However another buddy of his said so long as you maintain the clearances around the panel its ok in a walk-in closet (this doesn't seem right to me). His other option was to put the walk-in closet in the other end of the basement and put a wood cabinet door over the panel to hide the eyesore (but still make it accesible).

I've never had to deal with a panel being in a bad spot in my house, so i've never had to address it personally. I have seen other houses where they either dont cover it up and it looks ugly, some ive seen the panel painted to match and blend in with the wall, and others I have seen the cabinet door over the panel as well.

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The 2008 NEC says at
240.24 Location in or on Premises.
(D) Not in Vicinity of Easily Ignitible Material. Overcurrent
devices shall not be located in the vicinity of easily
ignitible material, such as in clothes closets.
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An electric panel should always be easily accessable... if its behind something how is that easily accessable?
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Clothes closet not allowed as codeone indicated
I have seen wood doors built & placed over the electric panel
Framed out like a picture to make it look nice
A wood cabinet door fixed to the front of the panel is another option

My last house the panel was in the front foyer
I left it as I like people being able to tell where the panel is located
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As I figured the comments would be, thanks for the code reference, I have the 2008 code book I can show him the code as its written.
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