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rtyui2 12-13-2007 08:27 AM

sub panel location
 
Does anyone know the specific requirements for locating a sub panel inside a house. I have done a major remodel on the upstairs and have installed a subpanel inside a walk-in closet. The sub panel has nearly 5'-0" of open space in front of it and the closet has full size (8'-0") ceilings. Are there other requirements that I've not addressed. I do live in Portland, Oregon if that's relevant.
Thanks
Mike

jbfan 12-13-2007 09:58 AM

You can't put the panel in the closet.

Clutchcargo 12-13-2007 10:12 AM

At what size is a closet no longer considered a closet but rather a dressing room? I'll be building a 7x11 closet next spring and it would be nice to have a subpanel for the 2nd floor right there.

HouseHelper 12-13-2007 10:52 AM

The rule states that the panel "cannot be located in the vicinity of easily ignitable material, such as in clothes closets."

I would think it would be up to your local inspector to determine if your walk-in closet location is acceptable or not.

chris75 12-13-2007 01:49 PM

IMO, they should remove the "such as a clothes closet" they are giving a example that is taking as forbidden, IMO every room has easily ignitable material, take a garage for example, some people store gas cans inside.

LawnGuyLandSparky 12-13-2007 02:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rtyui2 (Post 80256)
Does anyone know the specific requirements for locating a sub panel inside a house. I have done a major remodel on the upstairs and have installed a subpanel inside a walk-in closet. The sub panel has nearly 5'-0" of open space in front of it and the closet has full size (8'-0") ceilings. Are there other requirements that I've not addressed. I do live in Portland, Oregon if that's relevant.
Thanks
Mike

Specific requirements include not in a bathroom, and not in a closet. Also, minimum working clearances.


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