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Is there any requirement on where a breaker box can be installed

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Is there any requirement on where a breaker box can be installed? I have a local home inspecter that says I can not put a breaker within 3 feet of a wall or a door on either side of a box and the same for a breaker box out side what is the code on where and how far it has to be?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Sir Sparks replied 3 years ago.

Sir Sparks :

A Master Electrician here to help. I am a double qualified; USA & UK electrician. Please give me a moment to formulate a reply.

Sir Sparks :

The first thing to remember is that Home Inspectors are really quite dumb.

Sir Sparks :

Now there are places you cannot install this panel but what you have described is not any of them

Customer :

he says that there cannot be a wall to the left or right with in 3 feet or door open? I installed a 200 amp breaker box outside with in 3 feet of a window is there any thing wrong with that? I think a meterbox is not to be installed within 3 feet is that right?

Customer :

Can you give me a page number in the NEC book to show him on this ?

Sir Sparks :

The riser may not be within 3ft of a window the panel is fine as long as it is 4 inches off the door frame. Regarding the panel it must have clear access for it's entire width and 3 ft out. That's all.

Sir Sparks :

I cannot give you an NEC reference to that which does not exist. it is his responsibility to give you this reference that states you MAY NOT !

Sir Sparks :

basically he pays up or shuts up

Customer :

Riser you calling is my pipe to my weather head?

Sir Sparks :

Yes

Customer :

So the only thing that you can find in the book on this is 4 inches off a door way? There is nothing on 3 feet or a wall within 3 feet right?

Customer :

Is the ground number 4 bare suppost to run from the meter box down through the breaker box and down to the ground rod?

Sir Sparks :

That is correct except as I stated 3ft clear access, and he needs to show the opposite by quoting a code reference, however if you feel more comfortable I could pass you over to a REAL electrical Inspector (not a wanna be home inspector)

Sir Sparks :

It can do

Sir Sparks :

Umm

Sir Sparks :

No

Sir Sparks :

from meter to ground rod or from panel to ground rod, not both

Customer :

One man from the power co here wants it that way ane the next man wants something different?

Sir Sparks :

Power co's can be a pain, both are acceptable so go with what they want

Sir Sparks :

Just remember that from either the meter OR the main panel to the grounding system

Sir Sparks :

grounding can get a little complicated

Customer :

Your eletrical inspector can he give me a page or anything different on this to help get this guy straight?

Sir Sparks :

How can you get a page for that which does not exist/

Sir Sparks :

?

Sir Sparks :

I can hand the question over to him if you chose ?

Customer :

Do you put all you ground wires on one side of the breaker box and neutrals on the other side ? Like you said they are dumb trying to change him is the thing so I will get him to show me. I am waiting on a inspection right now.

Sir Sparks :

That is NOT necessary on the main panel.

Sir Sparks :

It is good practice BUT if this main panel is the first means of disconnect ( no disconnect between it and the meter) then you do NOT need to. In facy it is the opposite. Both sides must be bonded together

Sir Sparks :

So they look good on opposite sides but it is not needed.

Sir Sparks :

Every other panel it needs to be this way but NOT the main panel

Sir Sparks :

where are you located that you are getting an inspection at this time?

Customer :

Grounding question If you have soild rock down at 2 foot ca I dig down and lay my groung rod flat down to be buried two foot down and be all right?

Customer :

this inspecter wante a gfi breaker on a line and at the plugs on the same line a gfi plug it cant work can it?

Sir Sparks :

Code atet

Sir Sparks :

Code states that if you cannot obtain a resistance of at least 25 ohms to ground (very hard to measure) then you should add a second ground rod. there are no other obligations, not even to reach the 25 ohms.

Sir Sparks :

I am afraid you are far surpassing the amount of questions you originally posed and what I am prepared to answer for the price.

Sir Sparks :

Also I don't understand your last question.

Customer :

I HAD A BOAT DOCK AND THE WIRE RUNNING DOWN TO IT, HE WANTED A GFI BREAKER ON THIS WIRE AND GFI PLUGS AT THE BOAT DOCK WILL THEY WORK ON THE SAME LINE?

Sir Sparks :

NO.

Customer :

tHANKS SIR SPARKS

Sir Sparks :

He is a typical Home inspector

Sir Sparks :

Now one thing here

Sir Sparks :

The Work space for the panel must be 30 inches

Customer :

IS 30 INCHES ON BOTH SIDES OR JUST IN FRONT OF THE BOX?

Sir Sparks :

that means 15 inches either side of the center of the panel so it may extend out a little more than the width of the panel

Sir Sparks :

In front of the box is 36 inches

Customer :

OK

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Sir Sparks :

One last thing. You are VERY correct adding a GFCI to another GFCI is plain silly

Sir Sparks :

it will cause cascading trips

Sir Sparks :

your Home Inspector is not too bright

Customer :

THATS A GOOD ONE

Sir Sparks :

remember when he quotes BS ask him for the NEC BS reference.

Customer :

i SURE WILL , i WILL COPY THIS AND ACCEPT IN JUST A MINUTE

Sir Sparks :

OK thanks Have a good one.

Sir Sparks, President/Owner/ Master Electrician
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Experience: US State Certified & UK Electrical Contractor for all electrical fields/disciplines
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