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#81765 - 09/17/02 11:48 AM Dedicated Space
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Registered: 02/04/02
Posts: 2
Loc: Columbus, OH USA
In a multi-family dwelling, the sub-panel is recessed in the wall. A water line has been run below the panel, through the framing members. This is a code violation, but how many of you think this is an issue? The dedicated space is for future expansion. I don't feel there will be any in this type of building.

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#81766 - 09/17/02 12:56 PM Re: Dedicated Space
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Registered: 05/25/01
Posts: 578
Loc: Magnolia,.Texas U.S.A.
Although art. 110.26(F)(1)(b) would permit it if it were above the panel.but not below it.I think it would have to be a judgement call by the AHJ on whether to allow it to remain.After all,the plumber could turn an ell up,run the pipe through a sleeve across the top of the panel,and then ell back down,which would make it code compliant but certainly be more in the way of the electrical.If I were the electrician I'd prefer below the subpanel
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#81767 - 09/17/02 02:30 PM Re: Dedicated Space
Tom Offline
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Registered: 01/01/01
Posts: 1069
Loc: Shinnston, WV USA
Welcome to the forum.

On the scale of 1 to 10 with 10 meaning glowing red & smoking, I'd call this a 1 that has little chance of growing up to become a 10.

I read your profile & since you are the AHJ, you can waive some requirements by special permission, provided you feel that equivalent safety is being provided.

I'll echo the sentiments in the above post, I'd rather have a water line below.

I'd also get word to the plumber to let him know that he should stay out of this space.

Tom



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#81768 - 09/17/02 06:58 PM Re: Dedicated Space
harold endean Offline
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Registered: 02/16/02
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Chief,

Welcome to the board. Here in NJ we have something called a REHAB code which in short allows and existing panel to stay where it is. As someone else posted, I don't think of it as a big problem.

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#81769 - 10/01/02 03:05 PM Re: Dedicated Space
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Registered: 09/03/02
Posts: 131
Loc: Long Island NY
Don't sweat the small stuff...
As long as it is safe. Seems like a better place to be below the panel than above. Common sense wise anyway.

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