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Old 01-28-2009, 02:56 PM   #1
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My house is an old split level, built on a hill, and the attached garage sort of "floats" halfway between the two floors of the house. Access to the garage from the house is on the bottom floor and there are 4 or 5 steps in the garage that lead up to the garage floor. I'm finally getting back on track to my previous plan of putting a small sub panel out there and one of the places that I'm considering for the panel's location is at the top of those steps. I realize that I need 30" of clearance for the panel, and that it does not have to be centered on that 30". Is there any minimum distance that the panel must be away from the steps? Can the 30" of clearance overhang the steps or does it have to be 30" of level floor?

I probably wouldn't do this, but could the panel even be over the steps? It doesn't seem like the best idea, but now I'm just curious.


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Old 01-28-2009, 07:36 PM   #3
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Thanks! So, I guess that means that the landing in the example must be at least 30" wide to qualify as an acceptable location... correct? There is more that 30" at the top of the steps, but I was hoping to use most of it to hang stuff on the wall for storage. I have a few candidates for a location, so I'll think it over...
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:31 PM   #4
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It has to be 30" x 36".
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The 36" measurement is perpindicular to the panel measured off the face of the panel, and the 30" is the required width measured parallel to the wall the panel is mounted in/on.
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