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Old 12-07-2007, 10:31 AM   #16
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Incredible basement! This has inspired me to clean mine out and make it into a game room.
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Old 12-10-2007, 05:26 PM   #17
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Looks great. But the built in bookcase under the electric panel is a violation of code. Too late now for your project but if anyone else is remodeling keep in mind that the area in front of the electric panel can't be blocked.
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Looks great. But the built in bookcase under the electric panel is a violation of code. Too late now for your project but if anyone else is remodeling keep in mind that the area in front of the electric panel can't be blocked.

Does the code give exact proximities? I had a friend of the family who is a home inspector look at that. He said that as long as there is an area that is (I don't remember his exact dimensions) but it was something like 36" high and 6' to ceiling extending out 36" that you could stand in and easily reach and access the panel, then it is ok. Is this not the case?
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Does the code give exact proximities? I had a friend of the family who is a home inspector look at that. He said that as long as there is an area that is (I don't remember his exact dimensions) but it was something like 36" high and 6' to ceiling extending out 36" that you could stand in and easily reach and access the panel, then it is ok. Is this not the case?
Technically, your friend is incorrect. Jogr is 100% correct. The space 36" out from the panel and 30" wide across the panel is space that is dedicated to electrical. As a building inspector, I encounter this issue with casework pretty often, and have to be reasonable about enforcing it. I sometimes look the other way when small ledges or shallow bookcases are present, provided that easy access to the panel is achieved.

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Is anyone else not seeing the "after" pictures?
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Is anyone else not seeing the "after" pictures?
They are there for me. Also, they are on the same server as the others....

Try right clicking where they should be and selecting the "show picture" option from the shortcut menu.
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Yep. I already tried that. Well, anyway, I'm sure the pictures show some great improvements.
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Yes, thanks, I can see it now. What a great basement that is. I sure like that wall color.
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Technically, your friend is incorrect. Jogr is 100% correct. The space 36" out from the panel and 30" wide across the panel is space that is dedicated to electrical. As a building inspector, I encounter this issue with casework pretty often, and have to be reasonable about enforcing it. I sometimes look the other way when small ledges or shallow bookcases are present, provided that easy access to the panel is achieved.

The basement looks great.
Thanks. I think the only time this would become a problem is if someone brought up the code in reference and challenged our interpretation I guess. In other words, there is no problem whatsoever working in the panel from in front of the shelf. Maybe the pictures are decieving but I have no problem accessing all sides of that panel and I'm 5'9". I hope it never becomes an issue, but thanks for your assessment!
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