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    ...While this may be OK code-wise, neither I nor my colleague feel comfortable with it. Finding an exit is tough enough when your head is going "RUN! RUN! RUN!" without negotiating a flight of stairs, however short,...
    Fire exits can have a flight (or more) of stairs after the egress. Appropriate railing would be necessary, but this shouldn't bother you in and of itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron View Post
    Prior to LOCAL LAW 64 of 2001, NYC's electric code was the wild west.

    Similar to what Steve66 said, be sure you need to bring this old condition up to code. Unless you found someone's old grey cover loose-leaf Electric code from the archive, the NYC Electric Code was not always documented well. If this was greater than 1000kVA, the Electrical advisory board review may have been dependent on whoever slipped over the biggest envelope.
    Talking to my colleague, he believes it might be the '50's, so certainly before the watershed 1968 codes.

    Whether or not you have to bring it up to code is usually a function of whomever is reviewing your design at the agency, regardless of what the code might say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC702 View Post
    Fire exits can have a flight (or more) of stairs after the egress. Appropriate railing would be necessary, but this shouldn't bother you in and of itself.
    Unfortunately, the flight will be before the egress. I don't know if it's forbidden, but I think it's a bad idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
    Whether or not you have to bring it up to code is usually a function of whomever is reviewing your design at the agency, regardless of what the code might say.
    And I would also say it depends a lot on what you are doing. just adding a feeder breaker, or replacing the service could make a world of difference.

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    If the new path leads to another elec room, you don't necessarily need a door between them, just an opening. You still have the stair issue, but I think it could be ok.
    Jeff

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