Is it legal to put a cabinet over an electrical panel

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Old 12-30-16, 06:06 PM
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Is it legal to put a cabinet over an electrical panel

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See picture attached. Is it legal to have a cabinet installed over the electrical panel that allows the electrical panel door to freely swing open 180 degrees when the cabinet door is open? Hope that made sense.

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Old 12-30-16, 06:40 PM
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I can't see why not. It's the same as having a receptacle in a cabinet, the wiring box needs covered with a plate directly attached to the box, no gaps.

It looks like you could even flip the door and have it open 90 left if that helps with space.
 
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Old 12-30-16, 07:06 PM
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The cabinet would extend into the clear workspace that needs to be maintained in front of the panel. This would create a violation.
 
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Old 12-30-16, 07:25 PM
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PCBoss, what if the cabinet was only about an inch deeper then the panel? Basically just a frame to hold a door.
 
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You can make a frame and have two cabinet doors that open similar to a kitchen cabinet. The frame would would have no back and no shelves. It would have to allow full access to the panel and the area around it. The frame should be the same depth as the panel.
 
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Old 12-30-16, 10:01 PM
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That would be an inspectors call. I don't think I would have an issue with a door almost flush to the panel.I certainly would have an issue with a wall or base cabinet over or in front of the panel in the workspace.
 
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I've painted quite a few houses that had a cabinet door to hide the breaker box. Just framed out enough for the door to clear the panel, no storage room behind the door. Don't know about code but assumed it passed inspection.
 
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PCboss, I'm not quite following what you mean. Can you re-explain?
 
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Some of the answers here confused me. So if I did something like in this new pic...good no good?Name:  images.jpg
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Something like that would be OK, in my opinion. You could make some sides as long as they do not extend past the face of the panel. Basically box in the wood the panel is mounted to shown in the picture.
 
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Old 12-31-16, 09:10 AM
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Drew, that picture shown I would say would probably pass inspection, but you need to ask your local inspector. Anything deeper I would say would be an issue.
 
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Thank you for the responses. If the sides were to extend past the box this would limit the door from opening 180 degrees? And this would be the major issue?
 
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Old 12-31-16, 11:07 AM
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We are really entering into a gray area here where the AHJ would have the final say. The NEC only says that the electrical panel is required to be readily accessible, meaning you can get to it without tools, ladders, etc., and that you need clearance in front of the panel 30" wide and 36" deep. It does not say that the door is required to open 180 degrees. Most inspectors I have worked with will require the door to open at least 90 degrees, and the panel cover be able to be removed for servicing.

My suggestion to you is to build a cabinet box with a face frame that is the same depth as the front of the panel. The cabinet box should go from ceiling to the lower half wall shelf and slightly larger then the wood on the wall so it can be attached from the outside. Then have one or two doors attached to the face frame. I say to make the cabinet box the size of the wood so that it will cover it, and allow access to all sides of the panel steel cabinet.

I hope this all makes sense. If not I can make a poorly drawn picture.
 
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Tolyn, makes sense to me. Thanks.
 
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