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Old 12-25-2009, 12:05 PM   #1
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Seems to happen all the time. Electrical closets turn into janitor's closets and storage closets. Some of these pictures below, they even installed sinks mere inches in front of the panels. Some of them, they installed new pipework (backflow preventers) in front of the panel lineups.










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In these photos, they even gave the occupant a "permission slip" by marking the electrical room door with a "storage" plaque:




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Contrast the typical electrical room with elevator machine rooms, which are inspected every year here in PA. They can have NOTHING extra stored in them that's not for the elevator or the inspection will fail. Elevator machine rooms are normally maintained in pretty good order around here.



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Contrast the typical electrical room with elevator machine rooms, which are inspected every year here in PA. They can have NOTHING extra stored in them that's not for the elevator or the inspection will fail. Elevator machine rooms are normally maintained in pretty good order around here.
You also won't find elevators in restaurants, hair salons, taverns, grocery stores, post offices, warehouses, etc.
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You also won't find elevators in restaurants, hair salons, taverns, grocery stores, post offices, warehouses, etc.
I wish I'd have taken a picture of a 12x12 gutter in a restaraunt I did work in. THey took the front off the gutter and used it to store extra clean fryer baskets in there, up against the wires and taps. Crazy.
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personally, I think the faux wood panelling is classy. Had some in a place I lived a few years ago.....
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I was in a electrical/communications closet the other day and it had three large Motorola base stations in it that have been obsolete and dead for ten years or more. I shoved them out in the hall so I had room to work and asked the owner why they were saving them. He said that no one new what they were and was happy to toss them in the dumpster.
I think if you explain to the owner why you can not store things in electrical rooms they have them cleaned up.
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One client, for whom I often did work,would have their electrical closets revert to storage for janitors, etc., seemingly minutes after we left the building.Each time we notified them of the hazards and liabilities,and were given assurances that it was the last time it would happen.Finally,I anonymously notified the Fire Marshal's office,who made a random inspection,and that ended the problem.
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One client, for whom I often did work,would have their electrical closets revert to storage for janitors, etc., seemingly minutes after we left the building.Each time we notified them of the hazards and liabilities,and were given assurances that it was the last time it would happen.Finally,I anonymously notified the Fire Marshal's office,who made a random inspection,and that ended the problem.
Not really an electrical closet, per se, but your post reminded me of a set of pictures I took in a telecom pit. Room had phone, cable, FM Repeater, Muzak receiver, amplifiers, XM Radio receiver, tape deck, CD player, mixer etc. It had a sign in it that you can't store combustible material in there. At least they were making an effort.







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I prefer it when they build the closet around the electrical panels.



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Seems to happen all the time. Electrical closets turn into janitor's closets and storage closets. Some of these pictures below, they even installed sinks mere inches in front of the panels. Some of them, they installed new pipework (backflow preventers) in front of the panel lineups.









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Restaurants are by far the worst IMO.
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Restaurants are by far the worst IMO.
I'll second that...

Certain ethnic groups are also by far the worst when it comes to completely disregarding any sense of health & safety regulations.

I've had the pleasure (the first few times it was actually kinda scary) to turn off a main switch, slap a lock on it, and tell a place they were out of business until the problem was solved.

The the real fireworks start

Thankfully its been a few years now since I've had to do any work in a restaurant. I hope for many more restaurant free years
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Absolutely. No restaurant I have ever seen has enough storage space, so they encroach on the electrical room.
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Absolutely. No restaurant I have ever seen has enough storage space, so they encroach on the electrical room.

"Encrouch" is such a wimpy term. How about "Dominate?" "Conquer?"
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"Encrouch" is such a wimpy term. How about "Dominate?" "Conquer?"

Great point.
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This is one of the main reasons we stay away from the three R's. (restaurants, retail and residential)
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This is one of the main reasons we stay away from the three R's. (restaurants, retail and residential)

So you would forgo bidding on big-ticket projects because the janitor will put a bunch of stuff in front of the panel after you're done?

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