Kitchen Countertop Panel

LarryFine

Master Electrician Electric Contractor Richmond VA
Location
Henrico County, VA
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Electrical Contractor
Common in some older homes around here. Farmington, for example, for those who know Richmond.
 

charlie b

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Staff member
Location
Seattle, WA
Occupation
Electrical Engineer
I've never seen one installed right above the countertop. Is it compliant? There's a workspace issue at minimum.
Not it's not compliant, and that's because you don't have working space. You need floor to 6.5 feet above the floor right in front of the panel, and clearly the countertop is in that space.
 

Dennis Alwon

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Staff member
Location
Chapel Hill, NC
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Electrical Contractor
I have never seen a panel in that shape... It seems like they flipped the guts 90° but then they would have to modify the cover.... Maybe just an illusion.

Agree, not compliant
 

jap

Senior Member
It'd be my guess that panel wasn't installed above the counter and below the cabinet.

I'd say the panel was there first and the counter and cabinets got "installed" around it. :)

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Buck Parrish

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Location
NC & IN
Is that near Tampa? Looks like at least some plumbing may have been done un-permitted. They didn't want to spend the money on electrical. Used it on all that tacky tile.
 

Coppersmith

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Location
Tampa, FL, USA
Is that near Tampa? Looks like at least some plumbing may have been done un-permitted. They didn't want to spend the money on electrical. Used it on all that tacky tile.
It's in Pinellas County, one county over from Tampa. I don't see any plumbing in the picture. I agree the tile is tacky, but the view from the balcony is magnificent. That's the Gulf of Mexico. I'll let you guess how much this condo costs. I was installing an A/C disco on that balcony. Doing this job raised my depressed covid spirits.
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norcal

Senior Member
Not a expert but looks sort of like a riser panel, it is the only reason for that box configuration I can think of.
 

jap

Senior Member
I have never seen a panel in that shape... It seems like they flipped the guts 90° but then they would have to modify the cover.... Maybe just an illusion.

Agree, not compliant
No, they didn't flip the guts 90 degrees.

That's just the way it is.

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jap

Senior Member
Not it's not compliant, and that's because you don't have working space. You need floor to 6.5 feet above the floor right in front of the panel, and clearly the countertop is in that space.
And for every code requirement of 6.5 ft in front of a panel to be clear, I'll show that many that have something or other in front of it.

Probably the case in most of our own homes.

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jap

Senior Member
At least the cover looks like it fits correctly instead of the usual half covered.
What are the CTs for?
I'd say the CT's were installed at one time or another to measure current, that is, unless they just put them on just for a place to hang em, which is their choice to do so also.

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