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Old 10-30-2010, 10:13 AM   #1
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Natural gas line proximity to breaker panel


I've just had a natural gas line brought into the house as part of a new furnace installation. Yesterday the furnace installer brought the natural gas black pipe entry through the wall directly above the breaker panel. I'm being told by the installer that it's acceptable and allowed by code. Is there anything in the Electrical Safety Authority code book that sets minimum distances between the gas pipe, wiring, breakers and panels? I'm in Ontario, Canada.
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:30 AM   #2
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I found this on ESA FAQ page. Sort of applies in that the pipe might be considered to impede access by blocking off the side entry points.
It certainly looks like they had to "adjust" some of those cables to get the pipe in. I would inspect them closely for damage.


Does the Ontario Electrical Safety Code permit plumbing such as a drain pipe or water pipes to be installed above an electrical panel?

There is no Ontario Electrical Safety Code Rule that specifically prevents the installation of drain piping above an electrical panel board, provided that the pipe does not impede access to the electrical panel. Having said this, there is a rule that states that non-electrical equipment shall not be installed or placed so close to electrical equipment as to create a condition which is dangerous.

It becomes a judgement call. If it is likely that condensation will drip off the pipes onto the electrical panel or if there are couplings, etc that may leak located above the panel, then corrective action should be taken. The solution may be as simple as insulating the pipes to prevent condensation, or installing some sort of drip shield between the pipes and panel.

Rule 2-120.

Ontario Electrical Safety Code 24th Edition/2009.

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Thanks Joed. This is the kind of info I'm trying to find.
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:56 PM   #4
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Even if it is legal, unless they had NO other choice that is a complete hack job.
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I agree with Pete and really IMO that is a poor layout of the gaz pipe they should check it before they bore thru the wall.

I know in France we are not allow have gaz pipe near the load centre or customer unit the closest we can get is 1 meter away from either units.

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