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#123925 - 06/13/06 04:18 AM Panel Doors -Are They Required?
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
From Gid Hunter

I've only seen panels without doors in a commercial application (30yr old
building). Are they still allowed? How about residential? I can't find a
code, anyone have a reference?

These pictures are from a residence in Canada, installed 5yrs ago.

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#123926 - 06/13/06 09:22 AM Re: Panel Doors -Are They Required?
Alan Nadon Offline

Registered: 03/10/05
Posts: 398
Loc: Elkhart, IN. USA
Don't know about the Canadian rule but, down here if all energized parts are enclosed it is accepted.
Many small panels 8 circuits or less do not have doors.
If it was easy, anyone could do it.

#123927 - 06/13/06 02:40 PM Re: Panel Doors -Are They Required?
Rewired Offline

Registered: 01/01/06
Posts: 567
Loc: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
I know a lot of commercial panels I have sold when I worked at the supplier HAD doors, and most of the resi-panels you could order a door kit if you required them.. They are still allowed to be " doorless" as far as I know, and FPE is the only one off the top of my head that has no doors on their residental panels, but has a door kit option availible...

That panel in the picture, was it a "used" panel???? I have only seen FPE panels with that colour enclosure, and that "old style" main breaker (150 - 200A I believe) manufactured in the early to mid 80's... The " black and white" breakers I think came out in the 80's as well, versus the earlier ones like whats in the bottom right corner, that are black handle, black body....


#123928 - 06/13/06 06:19 PM Re: Panel Doors -Are They Required?
renosteinke Offline
Cat Servant

Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 5305
Loc: Blue Collar Country
Once upon a time, an awful lot of panels did not have doors- just a cover that protected you from touching anything inside. This was common with both fuse boxes and early breaker boxes.

I can't say "why" they disappeared... they just did! The NEC is silent on this point- though it is quite possible that NEMA standards would have something to say.

#123929 - 06/17/06 01:03 AM Re: Panel Doors -Are They Required?
Scott35 Offline

Broom Pusher and

Registered: 10/19/00
Posts: 2724
Loc: Anaheim, CA. USA
It appears that this might be a Panelboard located backstage at Hustler Magazine's
"Interplanetary Topless Extravagant Contest 2006".

The Image found just below the Panelboard shows last year's winner

Scott " 35 " Thompson
Just Say NO To Green Eggs And Ham!


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