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Old 10-22-2010, 11:03 AM   #1
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Can anyone tell me what code is in Portland, Oregon for the spacing that is required around the main service panel?

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Old 10-22-2010, 11:30 AM   #2
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The national code calls for a space 30" wide and 36" deep. The panel does not need to be centered in the 30".

No foreign systems like pipes and ductwork are allowed.

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I'm not sure that's quite what I was looking for. I was wondering if there were space requirements as far as the panel needing to be a certain distance from an adjoining wall or from utilities (dryer/washer) or anything like that.
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Think of a box the size of a refrigerator in front of the panel as dedicated space.
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Thank you.
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From Dave's sticky thread:
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That pretty much explains it. Thanks very much!
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that drawing is a bit misleading. When it states a min of 6 1/2' headroom, it fails to mention that the dedicated space continues to the ceiling.
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that drawing is a bit misleading. When it states a min of 6 1/2' headroom, it fails to mention that the dedicated space continues to the ceiling.
What article says that?

I'm reading 110.26(A)(3), 110.26(E) and don't see it.

110.26(F)(1)(a) refers to the space directly above the panel, but it stops at 6ft indoors.
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What article says that?

I'm reading 110.26(A)(3), 110.26(E) and don't see it.

110.26(F)(1)(a) refers to the space directly above the panel, but it stops at 6ft indoors.
110.26(F)(a) says

6 feet above the panel (that would mean from the top of the panel up so if the top of your panel is at 6', add 6' to that and you have 12') OR to the structural ceiling, whichever is lower. No piping, ducts, leak protection apparatus, or other equipment foreign to the electrical installation shall be located in this zone.

then b, c, and d provide exceptions.
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Thanks, I misread that and didn't catch "above".

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