Code for installing electrical panel in old construction (CA) [closed]

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I'm about to embark on a project where an older, inferior brand 125amp panel from the 1960's will be upgraded to a modern 200amp panel.

I've been doing some research prior to getting the project performed. It appears that my city follows the 2013 California Electrical Code.

However, I'm having trouble figuring out how to interpret the code as it applies to old construction.

Does anyone know of a resource, or pool of resources, that might assist in figuring out exactly what the inspector is going to be looking for when they inspect an upgrade of this nature? I want to be able to go down a list in the code and verify that each aspect of the project maps to a specific requirement in the...

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This month’s column addresses controversial issues that have come up in NECA’s online “Code Question of the Day.” The author gives his opinion in his answers and invites your comments on the material discussed. Please e-mail your comments to brooke@necanet.org. QUESTION: Can I install the service panel for a residence in a walk-in closet? Section 240-24(d) is vague on this matter. ANSWER: According to Section 240-24(d) of the National Electrical Code (NEC), which says “Overcurrent devices shall not be located in the vicinity of easily ignitable material, such as in clothes closets,” you are not permitted to do this. This section does not differentiate between one type of clothes closet or another. This is further reinforced by the NFPA code-making panel’s rejection of a proposal for the NEC 1999 edition, which asked for an exception to 240-24(d) to read: “If the working clearance space described in Section 110-26(a) is met, panels shall be allowed in walk-in closets.” The...

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Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service. No offense, but usually the people who ask this question don't know enough to do it safely. Y…our best bet is to hire a competent electrician. I know they cost money, but that's because they get the job done safely (or they should). That being said, if you would like to attempt this yourself, you should get yourself 2 references: National Electrical Code (whichever revision is in use in your locality, check with the office in your city that issues building permits)- This is essential to do any electrical work safely and properly, and you're going to want to do that. In most cases when installing an electrical panel, the power company will not connect (or reconnect) power to your new panel unless it has been approved by a local electrical inspector. Code Check Electrical- This handy guide is excellent for those unfamiliar with electrical work. It will specifically highlight commonly missed requirements...

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This is a question we get asked often.

The question arises when circuits are being added to an existing electrical system. Often we can replace existing circuit breakers with space saver breakers or reconfigure existing wiring so that a sub-panel is not required. This always the first option before installing a sub-panel.

Sub Panel to the left of the Main Panel

Top Reasons for Installing a Sub-Panel

If you are adding a suite, outbuilding or an addition we will usually recommend installing a sub-panel to serve the new location. This way the new electrical system can be kept separate. By code, the electrical circuits for power in a suite must be accessible from within the suite or in a common area. Basically, you don’t want your tenant, or yourself, to have to go into someone elses space to reset a circuit breaker. Additional electrical circuits. Hot tubs, heat pumps, welders are all large electrical loads and may require a sub-panel. Electrical...
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Each type of building has its own requirements specifying the type, size, and installation method, for electrical panels. Large homes demand a higher amp usage than small homes. Apartment breaker boxes call for less work than a house. Installation in an older dwelling is more complicated than new construction, and the process for a business can be extremely complicated, having a series of low and high voltage electrical panels.

 

Electrical Panel Installation for New Construction

While this is not a job for anyone other than an experienced electrician, it is the simplest type of electrical panel installation. All the elements of the process are new, and work areas are readily accessible, leading to minimal project completion time. Once the electrical panel is installed, and connected, each circuit is tested for proper function before the job is considered finished. New electrical panel installation generally costs from $526 to $1346.

Replacing...

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CODE

Installations must conform to the 2008 National Electrical Code, as of September 15th, 2008, the National Electrical Safety Code, and any electrical requirements of the current edition of the Minnesota State Building Code.

ENFORCEMENT

All electrical installations must be inspected by the State Board of Electricity or municipalities. Inspectors must be licensed master or journeyman electricians.

LICENSING

All electrical contractors and electricians performing work within the state must be licensed by the State Board of Electricity. There is no city or county licensing. Applicant must pass a written or oral examination; an oral examination shall be administered only to an applicant who furnishes a statement that he or she has a reading disability which would prevent satisfactorily performance on a written test. Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

Electrical Contractor

must be a licensed master electrician or employ a licensed class “A” or...

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As I've covered extensively in my waterproofing section, basements are cool, damp places. You can't just throw any ole insulation up. You need to be aware of your options, and have a game plan going into your finishing project.

Is Rigid Foam Insulation the Right Insulation for your Basement?

Your choice really comes down to blanket insulation (aka fiberglass) or XPS. Most homes use fiberglass, but rigid foam insulation, although more costly offers a few extra features. Let's take a look.

Blanket Insulation: This is very common mainly because it is very cost effective. Usually made of fiberglass and it typically has some type of facing attached: paper, foil, or vinyl. This was the option of choice in Jason's basement and I wouldn't discourage anyone from going this route.

[NOTE from Jason: The builder for my house had pre-installed my fiberglass insulation so the choice was pretty easy for me. Living in the moderately warm climate of Virginia and not...

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I am always surprised about the things people build without a permit. Recently in court I had a defendant who had built an addition without any permits. He couldn’t even claim ignorance because he was in the building trade. He then complained when the inspector saw that his deck had been built without a permit. The defendant’s excuse for that one was that he bought the house that way. In another case, the homeowners only hired subcontractors who wouldn’t apply for permits. One of the potential subcontractors asked too many questions, didn’t get hired and turned the owners in to the municipality. In my book, The Building Process Simplified, I discussed the trouble people can get into when they cut corners and don’t do their due diligence before they buy property. I only wish more people would read that chapter in the book before they begin construction. Given the current economic circumstances I’m suspect that more and more people are failing to get permits in order to save money....

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