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Old 02-06-2007, 03:24 PM   #1
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We built a 2nd floor addition and located a subpanel for this in a walk-in closet. I spoke to my local inspector today, he said that wasn't allowed. Is this code? If we make the room a storage room instead of a closet would it be allowed?

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Old 02-06-2007, 04:14 PM   #2
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The critical thing is the aceesibility - front and side dimension without obstructions.

I doubt if you will change his mind unless he has a "suggestion".

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Old 02-06-2007, 05:57 PM   #3
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If the inspector said it was not allowed, then it probably is against code.

I don't know the NEC but here canada a panel can not go in a closet.
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My main concern is safety this is a 5'x9' walk in closet could be turned into a small office for inspection purposes. We intended on putting flat trim around the sub and a cabinet door "the panel also has its own door" then planed on making that whole wall shelving for shoes and stuff just to keep the clothes away. If there is some real safety concern I would like to know because we could move some walls around to get it out of the closet but I really like the current layout.

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A good friend of mine had his basement finished by so-called pros in the late 70's. His breaker panel is now located in a linen closet in a bathroom, both against code. To this day the house is still standing and all occupants are alive and well
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If there is even a remote possibility that this is, or will be, a clothes closet do NOT put a panel in there.

In the US panels are not prohibited from closets as so many folks automatically think. But they ARE prohibited in clothes closets, or any "closet" that will or may contain easily ignitable materials.
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To this day the house is still standing and all occupants are alive and well
What is your point Ron? We can ignore or break codes as long as no one dies in a specified time frame???
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could we put the sub in a small closet inside the closet to isolate it from the flamables

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I truly don't think that would fly with most inspectors, although to the letter of the code you would be legal.
This is AS LONG AS you meet the working space requirements. 30"W x 36" in front x 6'6"H.

I would not risk it. Can you turn the panel around and face the opposite way? What would it be facing then?
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if we turned the panel around it would be in the stairway, unfortunately won't work either.
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The code reference is:

NEC 230.70 & 240.24 Electrical panels shall be readily accessible and shall not be located in bathrooms or in the vicinity of easily ignitable materials such as clothes closets.

I feel for ya. Do your wires come from the attic or the basement? If so, is it possible to put some junction boxes in to extend the existing wires to a new location?

In our area, we can use these or any UL approved devices, which would speed up the process...

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