Water pipes and the electrical panel

rosysunnygirlAugust 26, 2012

Seeking help with a mostly DIY kitchen remodel (cross-post in Kitchens). I'm hoping to move my sink over about 4-5 feet. This would bring the water pipes underneath the floor in the basement (unfinished) in closer proximity to the main electrical panel for the house (we are still in the process of coverting over some fuses -- it's an old house).

Now I know that water and electricity do not mix. What I'm wondering is: What minimum distance should be kept between the pipes and the panel?

Thanks for the help.

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Ron Natalie

There's nothing specific about water piping other than it is just another thing (including ducts, etc) that's not allowed in the "dedicated electrical space" which would be just the space directly above your panel most likely.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 6:07AM
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"just the space directly above your panel most likely."

As long as it is ounted on the wall and does not affect the 'working area' it should not matter.

Ask you local AHJ, but the clearance is for the area in front of the panel for working.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 9:28AM
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Invite the electrician and plumber over at the same time. Give them some boxing gloves and have them fight it out. Be sure to make video.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 2:33PM
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Ron Natalie

I knew some pedantic person was going to quibble about the simplification of "dedicated space."

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 2:54PM
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Uh-oh, I didn't mean to spark a fight! LOL...

Thank you all so much for your help. Appreciate it. I think I've got it now: Nothing directly above the panel and nothing in front of it (at least for 30 inches). I think I'll leave about 2 feet between where the pipes start and the actual panel just to be safe.

Thanks again

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 3:34AM
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