Can you mount an electrical panel face down?
Sunday, September 5, 2021
Yes, the National Electrical Code (NEC) allows you to mount an electrical panel face-down, with the requirement that any breakers or switches be not higher than 6-foot 7-inches above the floor [NEC 240.24(A)]. The code, however, does not allow panels in a face-up configuration (NEC 408.43), because of the potential for dust and debris to fall into the panel box, and that an electrician kneeling over the panel to service it is in an unsafe position.
Also see our articles What is the maximum allowed height of a circuit breaker (OCPD) above the floor? and Can an electric panel be mounted sideways-horizontally? and Can I mount an electric panel upside down?
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