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Not an electrician question / circuit breaker panel door

Discussion in 'Commercial Electrical Codes' started by cda, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. cda

    cda Sawhorse

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    431A6E08-1696-4E86-AE6E-2F9BB3324371.jpeg B4ACA99A-BA84-4ECD-9BEF-A2AF79390062.jpeg Does the code require a door to be in place for circuit breaker panels??

    Code and edition section if required,
    Thank you
     
  2. chris kennedy

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    No, just dead front.

    2014NEC 408.38
    Panelboards shall be.....dead-front.
     
  3. cda

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    Thanks

    Is dead front as shown in the pictures?
     
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    Ok al gore is my friend::

    panel door gives you access to the circuit breaker switches, but that's all. And that's as far as most homeowners need to go. However, to get inside the panel to install or replace a circuit breaker you have to remove the protective cover around the breaker switches, known as the dead front cover. The dead front cover is typically held in place with a screw in each corner. Removing the cover provides access to all components of the panel. Some panels have a separate door and cover; others have a door and cover as parts of the same unit.


    https://www.thespruce.com/inside-electrical-service-panel-load-center-1824663


    Still surprised a door is not required??
     
  5. steveray

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    If the panelboard is listed with a cover, then it should probably be there...Otherwise it would be modifying a listed assembly...
     
  6. Pcinspector1

    Pcinspector1 Platinum Member

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    Is this common to see breaker box panels without front cover doors, a lot of panels I see have a key lock on the panel door.
     
  7. Builder Bob

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    The only time the door cover may be required is if the NEMA rating for the panelboard requires it - for example 3R rating.
     
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