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Old 11-13-2012, 01:57 PM   #1
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I would like to mount my existing main electric panel onto some 3/4" plywood. Currently is it mounted to studs. Can I just shut off the main breaker and unscrew the panel and slide a piece of plywood behind it, while obviously avoiding the main lugs? Or do I need to call the power company to shut off the power?

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Is it mounted between studs or on top of the studs?
Do you have an outside disconeect?
I don't think I would attempt this with the mains still entergized.

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It is actually an upgraded panel. The old panel was obviously smaller and mounted on wood attached to the studs. This panel is half on that wood and half on the studs. Obviously the electrician was lazy. I'd like to mount it all on 3/4" plywood for obvious reasons. There is no disconnect on the outside, just the meter.
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Just make sure that you stay away from the incoming wires.
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And don't drop the screws onto any live parts.
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Thanks! What is the process of getting the power company to turn the power off and then back on? Perhaps it will be worth it just so I don't have to worry about the risks, no matter how remote.
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Thanks! What is the process of getting the power company to turn the power off and then back on? Perhaps it will be worth it just so I don't have to worry about the risks, no matter how remote.

Very simple....call them and WAIT......when you are done call them and WAIT...I won't even begin to speculate how long the wait is....but don't stock up on any perishables first.......

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