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#119655 - 01/11/05 07:45 PM Panel Clearance
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This panel has an obvious 100-26 violation. The strange thing is that this is the only equipment installed in a 50’ x 50’ basement. With all that open wall space, this equipment was located in the same space. Notice the notch cut in the panel door to allow it to open a full 90 degrees.


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#119656 - 01/12/05 02:45 AM Re: Panel Clearance
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
A couple of questions spring to mind here.
First of all, was the concrete pad installed to give a working platform for those that may work on the Panel?.
Just because it's roughly the same size as the Compressor cylinder, shouldn't mean it was put there for the purpose.
Secondly, would the rising heat from the compressor copromise the protection in the panel?.
Also, there doesn't appear to be any supports on that orange conduit coming in from the left.
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#119657 - 01/19/05 01:05 AM Re: Panel Clearance
kiwi Offline

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 347
Loc: christchurch new zealand
And that orange pipe veers off at an angle across the other straight(ish) pipes. Whoever put that in clearly wasn't concerned about aesthetics.

#119658 - 01/19/05 03:40 PM Re: Panel Clearance
mxslick Offline

Registered: 10/24/04
Posts: 785
Loc: Atomic City, ID USA

Look closer: The orange pipe angles to clear a door!! (First pic.)

Who did this install, dumb and dumber?
Stupid should be painful.

#119659 - 01/19/05 11:04 PM Re: Panel Clearance
Big Jim Offline

Registered: 07/18/03
Posts: 377
Loc: Denver, CO USA
Well clearly, they only had six foot of wire on the cart the day they installed the compressor and the boss was in a hurry for air!

#119660 - 01/21/05 04:34 PM Re: Panel Clearance
CaOperator Offline

Registered: 04/17/03
Posts: 56
Loc: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Long term lurker here... the more I look at these pictures the more things pop out at me.

Maybe my perspective is off, but that orange pipe looks like it would certainly place second to having that roof support right in the middle of the door.

The disconnect and starter for the compressor look brand new, but what the heck is that red wire snaking out of the disco?

The discharge pipe for the compressor goes an odd way, threading between the panel and the disconnect.

As for the concrete pad, everything in the room appears to be raised, maybe there are some issues with the sump pump/ drain.

Are thsoe chemicals I see stored behind the compressor, below the panel?

That panel looks far older than the compressor, maybe they replaced a smaller unit at some point, and notching the door is a rather poor solution.

Unfortunately, I would bet this is not an unusual condition for these types of installations. There could be enough work here to keep someone quite busy.


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