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#47168 - 01/11/05 07:25 AM Main panel over water meter
Joey D Offline
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Registered: 10/10/03
Posts: 259
Loc: Arlington MA U.S.
I have an existing main panel that has the water meter under it about 2ft below and it's off the wall 10 inches. Inspector says to move the panel as the code says it can't be mounted above the water meter. I didn't see it so here I am asking. Thanks.
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#47169 - 01/11/05 07:31 AM Re: Main panel over water meter
electricman786 Offline
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Registered: 09/17/04
Posts: 37
Loc: sacramento
Clearence area for Panel is
24" to sides
36" to front
from ground to Panel
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#47170 - 01/11/05 07:39 AM Re: Main panel over water meter
earlydean Offline
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Registered: 12/22/03
Posts: 751
Loc: Griswold, CT, USA
110.26 covers clearances about panels. There are two parts: the working clearance in front (30 x 36) and the dedicated space above and below (equal to the footprint from floor to ceiling).
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#47171 - 01/11/05 09:15 AM Re: Main panel over water meter
Roger Offline
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Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1716
Loc: N.C.
It is a violation of 110.26 (3), but You say it is an existing situation

What type of authority does this inspector have that he can have you change an existing condition, or what type of project are we talking about?

Roger
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#47172 - 01/11/05 05:49 PM Re: Main panel over water meter
Joey D Offline
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Registered: 10/10/03
Posts: 259
Loc: Arlington MA U.S.
I am changing out the panel to a new panel, thats it.
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#47173 - 01/11/05 07:28 PM Re: Main panel over water meter
Roger Offline
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Registered: 05/18/02
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Loc: N.C.
Joey, the inspector has a valid stance.

Roger
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#47174 - 01/12/05 08:21 AM Re: Main panel over water meter
Electricmanscott Offline
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Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1457
Loc: Holden, MA USA
File under "why people avoid permits". Tough to say without seeing how obsructed the panel is but I do service upgrades like this all the time and never have I moved the panel location. Burdening the homeowner with an added cost might not be an option for them. Thus they will do nothing or avoid permits altogether. Rule 3 from Mass Elec Code. "Addtions or modifications to an existing installation shall be made in accordance with this Code without bringing the remaining part of the installation into compliance with the requirements of this Code. The installation shall not create a violation of this Code, nor shall it increase the magnitude of an existing violation." Where does this leave us?
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#47175 - 01/12/05 09:30 AM Re: Main panel over water meter
Dave55 Offline
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Registered: 05/08/04
Posts: 697
Loc: Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
If it were anything but a water meter I'd suggest that the plumber violated the code and needed to move the plumbing. That's the position some VERY NICE inspectors have taken in the past. It really shouldn't be too much work to relocate to one side with a 90 degree sweep.

Dave
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#47176 - 01/12/05 09:34 AM Re: Main panel over water meter
Dave55 Offline
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Registered: 05/08/04
Posts: 697
Loc: Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
...or add a couple floor-to-ceiling 2X4s and bring the panel away from the wall a foot or two with a long RMC nipple.

Dave
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#47177 - 01/12/05 11:33 AM Re: Main panel over water meter
Electricmanscott Offline
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Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1457
Loc: Holden, MA USA
Dave moving the panel is obviously easy. What about all the airing that has to go back into it. Not likely that it will reach.
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