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Old 10-05-2010, 06:35 PM   #1
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Question How did you "hide" your breaker panel? Post your pics here.

If you closed in (hide) your breaker panel...post a pic here.
As usual, I'm coming to u fine folks for valuable input.
I'm looking at replacing the old subpanel in my 24x24 garage.
I'm closing in the walls with OSB (chipboard). I will mount the new panel where the old one is and clean up a lot of terrible terminations.
I want to close in the panel and have it out of sight.
Of course it has to be easily accessible.
Should I just build a 2x4 box frame around it and slap some doors on?
Post your pics here so we can discuss.
Thanks everybody!
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:11 PM   #2
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Make something so it matches the near by cabinets or your tool box. I dont have any pictures and am too lazy to take any, but in my basement, the box is covered with a wood that matches a shelf and the pool table. The door is 1" of molding that has stained glass on the inside. It really looks good, but it costed a decent amount also for the stained glass.
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:38 PM   #3
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Code says you cannot do that. The panel must have (I believe) 3 feet of clear and open space in front of it.
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:20 PM   #4
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Code says you cannot do that. The panel must have (I believe) 3 feet of clear and open space in front of it.
Really?As long as the decorative door swings open 90 degrees and does not impede the removal of the panel cover in any way,it is permissable,at least on this side of the border.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:38 PM   #5
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Most people i know just put a poster on the panel if it has a cover for it
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:43 PM   #6
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Please note that the OP is in Canada, the CEC has many rules that differ from the NEC, 1 difference is that under the NEC a horizontally mounted panel is prohibited, in Canada it is quite common to do so because of another rule......
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:28 PM   #7
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If you closed in (hide) your breaker panel...post a pic here.
As usual, I'm coming to u fine folks for valuable input.
I'm looking at replacing the old subpanel in my 24x24 garage.
I'm closing in the walls with OSB (chipboard). I will mount the new panel where the old one is and clean up a lot of terrible terminations.
I want to close in the panel and have it out of sight.
Of course it has to be easily accessible.
Should I just build a 2x4 box frame around it and slap some doors on?
Post your pics here so we can discuss.
Thanks everybody!
Fergie
I can understand trying to hide a panel in a home, but in a shop?? Are doors really going to look any better than just painting the panel cover to match??
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:03 AM   #8
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Hide.....Really.
Yesterday, I found something proped over the panel and I thought "What the hell was I thinking... Remember that your panel box is a piece of SAFETY EQUIPMENT. DO NOT HIDE IT!!!! If you are getting shocked, someone (who might not be familiar with your shop) will need to find it quick.

Now saying that, you can coordinate the color/design to better blend in in a pleasing way. You could make another outer door that matches as described above but make it oversized and make sure it won't impeed access to the breakers.

Good luck and please post a picture of your finished product.
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:15 AM   #9
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I have a dry erase board covering the one in my office, wall space is at a premium.
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:17 PM   #10
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being in a shop, i would recommend painting it w/ chalkboard paint. it's metal so u can stick magnets to it, and w/ the chalkboard paint you can write notes on it. best of all, it isn't hidden so it's easily accessible.

that's what i would do anyways.
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:32 PM   #11
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How do you "hide" your breaker panel?







Turn off the lights.
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:58 PM   #12
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I did this with mine...



The other one too...


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Old 10-06-2010, 06:50 PM   #13
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Code says you cannot do that. The panel must have (I believe) 3 feet of clear and open space in front of it.
that sounds like an OSHA thing. i know all the panels at work are marked with the three-foot clearance warning.
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:06 PM   #14
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The other one too...
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:12 PM   #15
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that sounds like an OSHA thing. i know all the panels at work are marked with the three-foot clearance warning.

It's a NEC thing...
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:13 PM   #16
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Maybe its just a michigan thing. I just looked thru all my building stuff and couldnt find it,But I remember a conversation about it with the inspecterguy.He said I couldnt put a bench in front of it either and very adimant about the "clear space" thing.
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:36 PM   #17
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Here in CT, we wanted to put the panel in the laundry room on the 2nd floor for our new home

We were told the code would not allow it (due to clearances), so it is now in the hallway
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:42 PM   #18
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Heres mine... built a little box around it out of bead board to hide the wires and painted it the same color. Blends right in but very easy to access everything since the panel cover holds everything on. Cover pops off and the panel slides off.


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Old 10-06-2010, 09:10 PM   #19
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Maybe its just a michigan thing. I just looked thru all my building stuff and couldnt find it,But I remember a conversation about it with the inspecterguy.He said I couldnt put a bench in front of it either and very adimant about the "clear space" thing.
Yes, you need clear working space in front of the panel, but something like a door or a picture or a mirror on hinges that will open up fully against the wall should be okay as it won't obstruct that working space. It's possible that some inspectors won't allow it, and it's also a reasonable argument that the panel shouldn't be hard to find in the event someone needs to find it right away.

If it were me I'd leave it as is, or maybe just paint the front cover of the panel to suit the decor of the room.
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