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ddawg16 08-21-2012 11:30 AM

Boxing In My Load Center?
 
I want to box in my load center all the way to the roof....in other words...hide the ugly pole. Only the front of the load center would be exposed.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e3...n/P8200007.jpg

So...do I just make a simple 'frame' out of 2x material...and cover that with left over OSB or plywood?

My wife suggested that we not take it all the way to the edge of the wall...instead, leave about 6" so that the down spout for the rain gutter can sit there (makes good sense to me)

One of my big questions....how to make the seal between the load center and the box. I don't want anything to be able to 'crawl in there' and make a home....

7echo 08-21-2012 09:21 PM

What are you using for siding?

I wonder if attaching to the top of the load center and boxing in the conduit might be affected by a code restriction?

You might use down spout material to cover the conduit. I have seen where a vinyl down spout was used to hide HVAC lines. They split the back and put it over the line sets.

ddawg16 08-21-2012 10:57 PM

Siding? No siding here....

The walls will be done in stucco

AtlanticWBConst. 08-22-2012 05:46 AM

You might be able to use Slim Duct = Less labor & materials than boxing-in, and can be painted to match the color of the stucco:

LINK: http://slimduct1.com/

kwikfishron 08-22-2012 10:44 AM

Id keep the size of the box minimal and stucco that too making sure the finish stays within the footprint on the meter box.

Rip a couple of boards to come out just slightly past the pipe and cap that with osb. 1xs would even be fine, since you still have access you could attach them from the back side.

ddawg16 08-22-2012 10:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kwikfishron (Post 993968)
Id keep the size of the box minimal and stucco that too making sure the finish stays within the footprint on the meter box.

Rip a couple of boards to come out just slightly past the pipe and cap that with osb. 1xs would even be fine, since you still have access you could attach them from the back side.

That is pretty much what I was thinking....thanks for confirming.

Because of the way the door on my load center is designed, I can't go flush with the face....I have to be back about one inch to allow the door to pull down and then swing out....

Actually, I have to be 2" back...the stucco will be about 1" thick....

Thanks for the input guys....


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