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I have always been real unclear on the working space 'Around' a panel as described in 110.26(A)(1). The required room in front (depth), and overhead (height) is fairly clear - the dedicated space from the sides (width) is what confuses my. I know ive installed or worked in tons of panels that did not have 3' clearance to either side. Ive never had an inspector say anything about it either, except on one occasion, and it was not explained very clearly.
Im not sure if im misunderstanding, or if im confused on what "is" or "is not" allowed in this space. Does this mean there is not allowed to be anything in 3' of either side? Does this mean it needs 3' of open space (no walls or doors) on either side? Or is there a more defined explanation?
Im pretty unclear here, I know of many Many existing panels that do not have this 3' clearance, some of which I have even installed according to prints. Could someone explain this one to me please.
You've got to look at Table 110.26(A)(1)
Condition #4. 'The Real World'.....
The code can make the rules as strict as they want,But,when it's all said and done the inspector makes the call passes the job the electrician gets paid and the carpenter builds a wall around the panel so you can't ever open the door.:no: