Moving Violations Video No. 123: Dedicated Equipment Space

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on Jul 21, 2016

Must be nice to live in a perfect world where electricians have all the space they want and the other crafts just have to move their equipment to what's left over if anything. There just isn't room to carve out all the free space the NEC demands, especially for a small panel like this one. The Code may be applicable to major pieces of equipment, large boards, etc. but these little panels need to be squeezed in and common sense used in determining that the plumbing pipes don't cause a great deal of access problems in this small room.

Is panel access blocked so the cover won't open? No. I do HVAC work and get frustrated by 6 ft flex being run across the space needed for air filter changes, panel removal, etc. Who came up with that arbitrary 6 ft rule anyway? Is it somehow safer than maybe a 10 ft flex connection that can be routed better for service access later? Worried about grounding? Run a green wire through the flex every time as it often pulls loose from connectors when service people need to pull it out of the way.

The NEC needs to look at future serviceability for all crafts, not just standing room for the electrical folks. Space is limited and equipment more complex so factor in future maintenance needs for everyone. It will be much appreciated.

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