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Lighting control panel behind water fountain? #40030
07/10/04 07:33 PM
07/10/04 07:33 PM
Edward  Offline OP
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 308
This is a huge landscape project.
The homeowner will have a waterfall built on a 6'high by 5' wide by 8" thick cementwall.

I am planning to install a 100Amp sub panel for future pool equipment and a landscpae lighting control panel on the backside of the wall. And built an enclosure around the equipment.

I could not find anyhting in the code that prohibits my installation.

Am in any NEC violation?


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Re: Lighting control panel behind water fountain? #40031
07/11/04 10:25 AM
07/11/04 10:25 AM
Tom  Offline
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,044
Shinnston, WV USA
Provided that you will be in compliance with all the working clearances in 110.26, you should have no problem. However, there is a minimum height requirement of 6 1/2 feet, which will be taller than the wall that you're going to mount the equipment on, might be kind of ugly sticking up above the wall.

Seems like the easiest & least expensive thing to do would be to use NEMA 3R enclosures & skip building your own enclosure which would be rather large.


[This message has been edited by Tom (edited 07-11-2004).]

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Re: Lighting control panel behind water fountain? #40032
07/11/04 11:34 PM
07/11/04 11:34 PM
Big Jim  Offline
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Posts: 394
Denver, CO USA
Isn't 6' 6" the MAXIMUM height for the main disconnect?

Re: Lighting control panel behind water fountain? #40033
07/12/04 12:01 PM
07/12/04 12:01 PM
Tom  Offline
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,044
Shinnston, WV USA
Big Jim,

6' 7" is the maximum height of a disconnect switch, as measured to the center of the handle in its highest position 404.8(A)

6' 6" is the minimum headroom in 110.26(E). If Edward builds an enclosure for this equipment, that will be the minimum headroom inside the enclosure. This enclosure is really going to look ugly if he opts to go that route since the inside dimensions will be a minimum of 30" wide & 36" deep(plus the depth of the breaker box). Not to mention that he'll likelyhave to install a light fixture inside.


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