Joe: Now that you ripped it out of the panel.... there is no directory. This subject used to be a "regular" violation item, but now most guys know they have to do it. Hey, how about the ones that are marked "outlets" and "lights" alternately??
As I mentioned on another thread, the NEC states that the panel must be marked (labeled, identified) but it does not state "in English". What's your input?? John
Re: Panelboard Directory Not Properly Marked!!#104433 02/25/0311:56 PM02/25/0311:56 PM
I was recently working on project where the panel was labeled only in Chinese.
Several years ago I started using Excel to create all of our directories. I made templates for the different loadcenters and panelboards that we use. I print a copy for the panel but also save a copy to my "panel" folder. This comes in handy when the customer calls and says the receptacles in my family room are not working. I can quickly look up which panel and breaker were dealing with.
Re: Panelboard Directory Not Properly Marked!!#104436 02/26/0312:38 AM02/26/0312:38 AM
Zinsco became Sylvania then Challanger. Challenger purchased FPE and about the time Westinghouse purchased Challenger the FPE line was sold. The original Zinsco design was also sold to T&B who still makes the Zinsco brand breakers.
Re: Panelboard Directory Not Properly Marked!!#104437 02/26/0307:15 AM02/26/0307:15 AM
I have seen a lot of circuit breaker boxes that do not list all of the items on the directory. In some cases, it is spooky to tell where the circuit goes!
What I do generally is to mark the circuits in the electrical box, and in the outlet box also, so that way it will tell where it came from. Sometimes I write the information in more than one language on the directory depending on the situation.
I use a computer or special printer to make a list of circuit breakers.
I know I am sounding off, but one thing I see is where circuit breaker manufactures make the directory spaces too small!
I cant’ write using smaller text and expect to have others read the information. Joe, I am sure that paper directory you show here came with small spacing too for small writing, and in some cases can get mixed up!
I wish that companies would make the directory larger so it will be easier to mark it down. merci marc
I agree, forgive me please!!
Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant
Re: Panelboard Directory Not Properly Marked!!#104439 02/26/0305:50 PM02/26/0305:50 PM
I despise coming into a renovation job where the schedules are not recorded! Just did one where a certain office had to maintain power throughout the project and there were no schedules for the entire project (due to the owner hiring the cheapest EC he could find)!
You can only use a circuit tracer so much. One MPD w/ 7 sub panels.
What we do is keep a handwritten record during the entire project, (filled out as the work progresses) and leave it in the panel until the late stages of the project. We then type out the schedule using room numbers from the prints (ex. - Lght. Rms 110, 111).
Ends up being easy to read despite the small print size and helpful, especially on jobs where room numbers are posted on the doors !