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Old 01-17-2015, 09:21 PM   #16
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Ya know what I think would be nice for panels, .....

would be some type of manufacturer label and/or system, that was sort of a universal and detailed standard...... not just our scribble scratch with all our different abbreviations and crappy handwritting....

I have no idea how it would work.... but it sure would be nice to accurately and detailed know the circuits....

I guess any system would also have to provide for subsequent modifications....

When I take on a new property, I make a notebook dedicated to electrical as I unravel/discover the circuits, but I'm sure that notebook is lost and misplaced by subsequent owners... and not updated by changes.
(Furthermore, my handwritting and spelling stinks.)

Just a thought...

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when I do a new install, the legend has to be typed. I did a Dress Barn and the only thing the inspector had a problem with was I had hand written the circuit description on the legend (for use during construction). The typed legend was actually in route from my office 20 miles away but he would not sign off on the inspection until it was actually installed on the panel door.

and an inspector can be a pita and not sign off on the job if the descriptions are too cryptic.


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Old 01-18-2015, 10:50 AM   #18
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Peter, I don't know exactly what you are looking for but Square D used to have apanel directory maker with pull down radio buttons that you could then print out. It would be easy enough to make something similar in Excel, including the pull downs.
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Peter, I don't know exactly what you are looking for but Square D used to have apanel directory maker with pull down radio buttons that you could then print out. It would be easy enough to make something similar in Excel, including the pull downs.
Thanks Jim.... I'll fish around and see if I can find it...... I have at times typed up a directory, and enclose it in an envelope taped to the inside panel cover. (If I really detail it and do not abbreciate locations, it always comes out bigger than one sheet.)

A nice pre-made one would be nice though. Thanks

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Just to feedback. I ended up going with the Brother P-Touch. It's working fine and labels stuck through the pulls.

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I bought an app for my IPad. It's called "Panel Legend". Very neat and you can save and email your legend as a PDF. Great choice of single and 3 phase color codes. The default was Canadian but easily changed. Check it out!
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I'm a bit spoiled.....I use a Brady label maker....the labels are heat shrink tube. After you print them, slide them over the wire and hit it with a heat gun.

Panduit also makes the heat shrink labels you can write on with a sharpi...

Here is an old pic of my load center. If you look close, you will see hand written labels on the wires.



One of my 'bored' projects is to replace all of those with nice printed labels.

I'll do that most likely on a weekend when the kids are wanting to play video games and it's a nice day. I'll have to turn off the power....so, the poor kids will just have to go outside and 'play'....

I'm a mean dad.
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