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    Relocating a 225 Amp, 3 Phase Panel

    I'm currently completing some design for a condo renovation, and the client asked if the electrical panel (currently in a storage room) could be moved in order to turn the room into a small suite. I can't see an issue with moving the panel, just with how to go about it. The new design for the room where the panel is currently located shows a bathroom, with a sink next to the panels current location. The panel can't be turned around because it backs into a stairwell, directly over the stairs. There is a small storage room on the other side of the stairwell, so I was thinking of relocating it there. Is there a way to move this panel without having to re-run all new wiring (i.e. using a large panel type, junction box)? or will all the wiring need to be gutted and re-ran?

    Of note, the panel is pretty loaded with circuits.

    Just looking for the most cost effective method of doing this.

    Thanks,
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    No reason you can't splice the home runs. If there is attic or crawl spaces above or below then you could add the JB's there.
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    Thanks Dennis for your reply. There is a ceiling space to run all wires in conduit to new panel location. The only other question I have would be would you use many small junction boxes (with a hatch to access them), or would you use an one large junction box (ie a hollowed out panel box, that has a lockable cover)? and if I used a large junction box, is there an issue with that junction box being located over stairs? I know panelboards over stairs is a no-no, but this technically wouldn't be a panelboard, just a junction box.

    Thanks

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    You can use one large JB for everything (feeder, branch circuits) if it's sized properly. Personally that's how I would do it.
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