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Panel as a raceway #171436
11/28/07 08:40 AM
11/28/07 08:40 AM
sudsy4  Offline OP
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 32
Elizabeth,PA USA
I am increasing the service at a commercial retail store from 1200amp to 3000amp. We are installing the new service equipment directly outside from the existing, some of the circuits from the existing will be fed from the new. Can I use the existing panel as a wireway to the new panel if the space in the panel permits? The two panels will be joined by 4inch nipples through the backs.

Thanks for any help


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Re: Panel as a raceway [Re: sudsy4] #171459
11/28/07 04:17 PM
11/28/07 04:17 PM
earlydean  Offline
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 751
Griswold, CT, USA
Among a great number of other things, Section 408.2 requires panelboards to also comply with Article 312.
Section 312.8 requires enclosures for OC devices to provide adequate space for conductors feeding through or tapping off by filling the wiring space at any cross section to no more than 40% fill for conductors, and the conductors, splices and taps no more than 75% of the cross sectional area of that space.

If you have the room, then the existing panel can be used to splice extensions into the new panel.

Re: Panel as a raceway [Re: earlydean] #171494
11/29/07 12:15 PM
11/29/07 12:15 PM
JValdes  Offline
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 301
South Carolina
Yes, again. Take out all the guts.

Re: Panel as a raceway [Re: JValdes] #171499
11/29/07 03:57 PM
11/29/07 03:57 PM
sudsy4  Offline OP
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 32
Elizabeth,PA USA
Thanks for the help, I was pretty sure it was OK but was unsure of the code section; 312.8 was what I needed to convince the owner.

Thanks again



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