It looks to me like that panel was installed with the file cabinets there. Why else would they have put it so high? You can blame the building owner for wanting a panel there. But what type of electrician would put a panel in there above the filing cabinets? Scott
Re: Soffit Built Around Panel#103138 05/02/0203:11 PM05/02/0203:11 PM
I suppose we should be grateful that the panel will still open.
I often find panels here where somebody has built a cupboard, shelf, or whatever right across the top half so that it's impossible to take the cover off. Just done a panel change at such a house and I had to dismantle a kitchen cupboard and take it completely off the wall just to be able to get a screwdriver into the terminals.
[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 05-02-2002).]
Re: Soffit Built Around Panel#103139 05/02/0205:33 PM05/02/0205:33 PM
The panel was there before the file cabinets. The reason I guess the panel is so high is because this area had a higher ceiling at one time before the drop ceiling was put in. This violates 380.8 with out a question. You want to talk about a mess after a remodel, you don't even want to see what is above this ceiling! Just imagine your worst electrical nightmare and you are getting the picture!..........Brian
Re: Soffit Built Around Panel#103140 05/02/0206:11 PM05/02/0206:11 PM
I was going to try to take some but I am not sure how they will turn out in the dark up above. There are a few good ones that I can maybe drag a quartz light up there and snap a few photos. I may get back to that job next week...........Brian
Re: Soffit Built Around Panel#103142 05/04/0212:30 PM05/04/0212:30 PM
Do these jobs actually pass inspection ? This is reminiscant of the Brick wall that was built in the family where they walled in the service panel, save for a small access hole with a wooden door on it. What about the 6 foot. 7inch rule to the top of the breaker handle. -Mark