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    Decorative Electrical Panel Cover

    Are there any laws or regulations that prohibit putting a decorative cover for the electrical panel?

    I recall seeing a thread on a similar subject but I searched and searched and could not find it.

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    RE: Decorative Electrical Panel Cover

    It's only illegal if you get caught!

    I don't know of any law, but local codes probably vary.

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    RE: Decorative Electrical Panel Cover

    As long as it still does the same job electrically - protecting the breakers & keeping grimy paws out of 'em, and as long as it's not, like, impossible to find the breaker panel 'cause it's disguised as a Picasso... I can't imagine any reason you couldn't make it as decorative as you'd like.

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    RE: Decorative Electrical Panel Cover

    That's a question I had not thought of. We have two large breaker boxes in the kitchen at the church and someone hung a curtain rod above them and draped a wall hanging from the rod. Access is not prevented to either of them, but they are pretty much concealed.

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    RE: Decorative Electrical Panel Cover

    My Dad always build what looks like a regualr kitchen cabinet over them. I would guess it OK.

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    RE: Decorative Electrical Panel Cover

    Our last house we had a wooden cabinet with a door over the panel because it was in the dining room.

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    RE: Decorative Electrical Panel Cover

    Gennerally speaking, you can do almost anything as long as the panel is accessable. If there is a clear path to a three foot access area in front of the panel, there should not be a problem.



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    RE: Decorative Electrical Panel Cover

    So I'm not suposed to have my chest freezer in front of it? Shoot, my arms are plenty long to reach over.

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    RE: Decorative Electrical Panel Cover

    The only place I've ever encountered that was in commercial and industrial settings, I don't think it applies to residential.
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    As far as putting an aesthetically pleasing access cover over it (especially in a home) I would see no trouble with that.
    Just don't remove the original metal cover and door. They are there to help control an electrical blow-up in the panel, should one occur.

    But it would be advisable to check your local code. That, and never let anyone in without a warrant... }>

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    RE: Decorative Electrical Panel Cover

    I'd like to get some sleep before I travel,
    But if you got a warrant, I guess you're gonna come in.

    Busted, down on Bourbon Street, Set up, like a bowlin' pin.
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