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wildwest450 06-03-2010 03:14 PM

Height for a service panel?
What say you electricians? How high should the service panel be from floor level? We have no inspections here, so that's not a problem. I just don't need to be mocked by all the electrical nazi's on here when I post a pic of my brew shed insides.:)

And is there any problem if I decide to extend my cold room, it being in there? Temp's in the mid 40's.


IrregularPulse 06-03-2010 03:17 PM

Don't know about height, but temp shouldn't be a problem. Ever been in a Server room? Those places are freezing!! The electrics like it cold. :D

Brewmoor 06-03-2010 03:29 PM

I don't think there is a code for the height. I always put panels at an easy working height for when i am wiring them up. usaually the bottom of the panel starting at just above waist height. (that is for full length panels) If you are using a smaller sub panel, i would put it at chest height.

As for the cold. Like IrregularPulse said. Electric components love the cold. There is no problems putting it in a room 40 degrees. I wish my air conditioner keep my server room at 40. It costs us enough to keep it at 60.

BrewBeemer 06-03-2010 04:29 PM


Originally Posted by Brewmoor (Post 2092867)
I don't think there is a code for the height.

Yes there is!

Brewmoor 06-03-2010 04:31 PM


Originally Posted by BrewBeemer (Post 2093023)
Yes there is!

?????? Care to share? I have seen them all over the place in the years I was an electrician. High, Low, in closets, behind custom frames.

Boerderij_Kabouter 06-03-2010 04:37 PM

The only thing I know is they need 3' or some-such space in all directions for access. I.e., can't be stacked behind stuff.

I haven't heard a height one, but I am sure the NEC has a range.

Brewmoor 06-03-2010 04:38 PM

Found this on another questions and answer site.


The NEC doesn't mandate a minimum mounting height for panelboards or disconnects. However, per the requirements of 404.8(A), switches and circuit breakers used as switches shall be installed so the center of the grip of the operating handle of the switch or circuit breaker, when in its highest position, isn't more than 6 ft, 7 in. above the floor or working platform.

Exception No. 2 to 404.8(A) permits switches and circuit breakers used as switches to be mounted higher than 6 ft, 7 in. if they're located adjacent to the equipment they supply and if accessible by portable means.

Note that 550.32(F) requires the outdoor mobile home disconnect to be installed so the bottom of the enclosure isn't less than 2 ft above finished grade or working platform.

And what about that meter enclosure? There is no rule in the NEC pertaining to the mounting height of a meter enclosure. However, the local electric utility will have a requirement in their specifications manual.

jcarson83 06-03-2010 04:38 PM

There are all sorts of requirements under NEC but 3' min above finished floor is a good standard for the bottom the panel.

IrregularPulse 06-03-2010 04:39 PM


Originally Posted by BrewBeemer (Post 2093023)
Yes there is!

Nothing like valuable input :rolleyes:

Brewmoor 06-03-2010 04:53 PM

So I stumped the County Code guys. (I work on the same floor as the code inspectors. I fix their computers.) They got out their IRC code books and could not find anything. They suggested calling the state electrical code inspector for the area. I imagine he will probably tell me what I posted earlier from the NEC book.

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