Bill Zoller, an avid active rain blogger and US Home Inspect building consultant shared another in his "what's wrong with this picture" series. Can you guess without reading the rest of the post?
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Answer: Panel Interior Not Accessible
Caption: "I just have to have a full length closet shelf at this height. Nothing else works for me!" (We're not sure where this owner was getting that thinking!)
Description: The industry electrical panel clearance rule is 30 inches to each side, top and bottom, and 36 inches to the front. This allows for repairs to be conducted easily and with a minimum of risk to the electrician. This particular situation is not acceptable and dangerous.
Note also, the shelf support bracket is fastened to the wall on both sides of the panel. This likely indicates the installer did not pull an electrical permit.
This is a situation that should be corrected soon. The homeowner should remove the shelving, or a licensed electrician needs to relocate the panel if the owner insists on having their shelving mounted to the wall at this location.
(Posted at U.S. Inspect blog)
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage