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Helping a friend rebuild after sandy and I have a few maybe to some, amateur questions so please bare with me. The home in questions first floor has been completely gutted about 6' high the panel, meter, and all devices must be replaced completely. Now what the home owner wants is the panel to be relocated to the second floor. My question is are there any residential specific codes that say I can't put a splice box in place of the old panel on the first floor and extend all unaffected home runs up to the newly installed panel on the second floor? Is it acceptable to install a main panel on the second floor of a dwelling in a hallway? Is there a maximum distance that can be inbetween the meter and the panel with 2/3 romex connecting them? And do I need to plywood the inside of the wall where the panel, home runs and feed will be in? (Since it will be a sheetrock on both sides wall is plywood called for on the non panel side) Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and be safe out there.
 

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You need to place the service disconnect close to where the service enters the building, but then you can run feeders upstairs to the panel(depending on local codes)
 

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The panel being mounted on the outside wall of house then out of back of the meter i will run a 2/3 romex less then 25' to the second floor to a main breaker panel. Will the main breaker(25' away) be sufficient or would it be better to pipe on the outside of house from top of meter enclosure to second floor that way I'm entering the house much closer? Or maybe put an outdoor disconnect next to the meter outside?
 

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Outside disconnect would work. How ever you decide to do it, you don't want conductors that aren't protected by ocpd to be running very far in that house. I have a meter/main combo on the outside of my garage
 

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I'd try to talk them out of putting the panel on the second floor. I understand the fear of flooding (if that is the reason), but being able to add more circuits in the future would be something to think about.
 

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I'd try to talk them out of putting the panel on the second floor. I understand the fear of flooding (if that is the reason), but being able to add more circuits in the future would be something to think about.
Would the meter be in the same place it is now? Where does the utility company want it? The service disconnecting means would need to be accessible and at street level
 

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The easiest way to do what you want to do is replace the meter can with one that has a main breaker in it, or the outside disconnect you mentioned, then up to the new panel location from inside. Drop a couple of conduits to the old panel location in case you want to add some stuff in the future.
 

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The easiest way to do what you want to do is replace the meter can with one that has a main breaker in it, or the outside disconnect you mentioned, then up to the new panel location from inside. Drop a couple of conduits to the old panel location in case you want to add some stuff in the future.
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Why don't you use a meterpack, it has meter socket on top with 6 2pole throws below it. It's been a while since I have wired any homes up north but we do almost every home in florida this way.
 

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Your mbj goes in the outside disconnect. You will have to run 4 wire to your panel. Then do not bond the neutral more than once.
 
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