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Old 7/26/07, 1:45 PM
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Default Main panel minimum height from floor?

What's the minimum height requirement for a main distribution panel. I know the maximum height, but can't find any information about minimum height from floor. Tomorrow I'll be looking at a panel that was installed in a dining room knee wall 18" above floor. I know it's an unsafe height, but need to know what code says.

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Old 7/26/07, 2:31 PM
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Default Re: Main panel minimum height from floor?

The NEC does not specify a minimum height, only the maximum height of 2 meters or 6'7" to to center of the operating handle.

Why do you feel that this height is an issue?
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Old 7/26/07, 4:51 PM
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Default Re: Main panel minimum height from floor?

On anything other than a mobil home the panel must be above ground. In a mobil home the min is 24 inches off finish floor.

Now tell me that the NEC makes a lot of sense....no I did't say that!!!
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Steve the IRC states 6ft 5in from floor or any applicable state or local code

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Old 7/27/07, 9:49 AM
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Default Re: Main panel minimum height from floor?

Dennis, I think something is missing from that post...
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Old 7/27/07, 10:04 AM
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Default Re: Main panel minimum height from floor?

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Now tell me that the NEC makes a lot of sense....no I did't say that!!!
The devil made me do it??
WHAT .....Shame on you....thehehehhe



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Dennis, I think something is missing from that post...
thanks mike must be the heat
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Old 7/28/07, 12:23 PM
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at 17" above floor, it can be easily damaged and children can easily access.
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Old 7/28/07, 12:25 PM
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Thanks, Mike
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