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Posted by: from Nanaimo
4/5/2012 at 5:59:01 PM

Is it legal and safe to put an electrical 200 amp panel directly in front of a water pipe?

I bought a house and the panel is beside the main water shut off then there is a pipe coming from that to an outside tap. I have to put my hand right behind the electric panel to shut the water off.

I would appreciate any advice I can get if this is safe.

Thank you

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Robert from Electrilight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time4/5/2012 at 7:43:37 PM

Normally these pipes are located away from the panel, but may be within proximity. The cold pipe and your electrical panel must be on the same bonding grid (by code) so there is no danger UNLESS there is no bare or green wire found on the pipe, then it could become lethal if there is a fault and you become the ground path.

Call a LICENSED electrical company and pay them for that service call as it could be life threathening if it was not done correctly.

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Date/Time4/12/2012 at 12:34:00 AM

Is it safe? Yes.

Is it against code? No.

Is it worthing doing something about? Likely not.

Is it a good practice? No.

Cheers

John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc.

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