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It is my understanding the NEC does not have requirements for clearance above a window, only the sides and below the window is there a 3 ft minimum distance required. Is this correct?

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Just today.

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It is already done. I just don't want problems when I get the inspection

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I just want to know about clearance above a window

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Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 6 months ago
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Hello and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you with your electrical question.

1) The NEC does not consider wall receptacles higher than 5 1/2 feet from the floor as required outlets.

2) You can certainly install a receptacle above a window, but if it is higher than 5 1/2 feet from the floor, but it won't count as part of the required wall receptacle spacing.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
I was asking about the service head location and the associated conductors and the clearance requirements above a window. My original question was: "It is my understanding the NEC does not have requirements for clearance above a window, only the sides and below the window is there a 3 ft minimum distance required. Is this correct?"
Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 6 months ago

1) Is this regarding installing a panelboard above a window?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
No a service head on the outside of the building.
Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 6 months ago

OK, I understand now. Thanks for confirming.

1) You are correct, the 3 foot clearance is only applicable below and/or to the sides of an openable window.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
what happens now since my question was not answered?
Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 6 months ago

I just answered your question in my previous reply. Are you not able to view it?

1) You are correct, the 3 foot clearance is only applicable below and/or to the sides of an openable window.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Your answer was about outlets and panel boards
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
not a service head.
Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 6 months ago

My 1st answer was receptacles.....my mistake:)

My 2nd answer is about a service head. There is no clearance requirement for the service entrance conductors above an openable window location. The 3 foot clearance is only on the window sides and below.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Thanks
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
How much will I be charged?
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
this will be a one time charge - correct?
Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 6 months ago

Yes, this is a one time charge. Your question shows a value of $8.00

Sorry about the original mix-up regarding the service head location. I was thinking that you were referring to receptacles above a window.

No problem, glad to assist.

If you have any additional questions, just let me know and I’ll be glad to answer them for you.

Otherwise, don’t forget to rate me before you log Off.

Thanks.................Kevin:)

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