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#109231 - 08/20/03 06:27 PM Clearance Violations
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these are some pictures of different job locations, which fall under the insufficient clearance heading.

- richard
Thanks richard!

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#109232 - 08/20/03 06:53 PM Re: Clearance Violations
iwire Offline

Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4343
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
That would be real comfortable adding a circuit to that panel while resting against the grounded steel tank.
Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician

#109233 - 08/20/03 07:08 PM Re: Clearance Violations
ZackDitner Offline

Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 46
Loc: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
You just need to use cowboy approach to "mount" yourself onto the oil tank.. lol

Funny thing, oil tank looks like it's been there forever, that panel does look *THAT* old though, either does the wiring coming out of it, i'd guess mid to late 80's for the panel and like, original to the house oil tank.. so one can only guess it was an un-inspected subpanel that was added later.. and the mains is somewhere else

#109234 - 08/21/03 12:04 PM Re: Clearance Violations
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
I've seen someone go one step further by putting a wall up in front of the Oil Tank and just having a small access door (smaller than the panel) to reach through.

I wish there was a way to teach the other Trades about this kind of thing.


#109235 - 09/10/03 06:31 PM Re: Clearance Violations
Joe Tedesco Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3325
Loc: Boston, Massachusetts USA
The first image looks like that equitment was installed after the oil tank was installed, so the electrical installer would be at fault.
Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

#109236 - 09/12/03 06:06 PM Re: Clearance Violations
richard Offline

Registered: 08/07/03
Posts: 84
Loc: L.I. New York
That is the problem with homeowner joe, or his "buddy" doing work that is better left to someone with experience and a licence. I was at both locations for service calls, and i see this all the time. It really is a shame

#109237 - 09/13/03 11:34 PM Re: Clearance Violations
SvenNYC Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
To rub more salt into this wound:

And what about whoever it was who installed the TV antenna cabling there?

The splitter and some of that coax is hanging right over that panel...not to mention it's nicely resting over the sharp flange of that box.

#109238 - 09/14/03 04:51 AM Re: Clearance Violations
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
It looks as though the coax was cut a little too short (look at the cable going up into the ceiling to the right) and someone just pulled this messa cross the panel to make it reach.

Building a cupboard around electrical panels is a favorite trick here. I've seen some where the "access" door somebody has left is so small you can barely get your arm in to open a breaker.


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