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tulum (Industrial) (OP)
15 Apr 04 15:09
Hello again,

I know there is a maximum allowable height for panelboard installations (CSA list 1.7M as the max height for any overcurrent device in a panel).

Is there a minimum allowable height?

Regards,
TULUM
GOTWW (Industrial)
16 Apr 04 2:52
Just when through it with the NEC. none listed. gotta be above the high water mark on the walls, if Ya live next to a Creek.
tulum (Industrial) (OP)
16 Apr 04 16:21
GOTWW

Thanks... I will keep that in mind...
kpezzoni (Electrical)
25 Apr 04 4:06
I would assume, at least here in the US, one would possibly have to comply with ADA accessibility requirements.

rbulsara (Electrical)
25 Apr 04 10:55
ADA has nothing to do with panelboards.

peebee (Electrical)
19 May 04 19:27
rbulsara is dead on with that one.  ADA is not an issue.
rbulsara (Electrical)
19 May 04 21:17
Look at it this way, if there were a minimum height requirement, you would  not be able to any switchboards on floor!!

If you can have floor mounted switchboards, why not panelboard mounted on wall but at floor level!

This does not preclude use of professionalism or 'common sense' though!!
gordonl (Electrical)
20 May 04 17:16
CE 26-402.2 states that the panel board must be "installed as high as possible", but no higher than 1.7m to the highest handle.

They want them around eye level when possible.

As an aside here in Canada, for "barrier-free design" CE suggests consulting building codes for mounting heights.
xabproject (Electrical)
23 May 04 6:52
Dear tulum,
Some spordic findings:

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SELECT APPLICABLE MOUNTING HEIGHT.  GENERALLY 72 INCHES WILL BE USED; HOWEVER, 48 INCHES SHALL BE USED WHERE HANDICAPPED ACCESS IS REQUIRED (E.G., TO RESET CIRCUIT BREAKERS IN A RESIDENCE).
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Mounting Height:  Unless otherwise indicated, mount cabinets so the top is [48] [72] inches above the floor or grade if no floor exists at cabinet location.
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1991 ADA Accessibility Guidelines
book from the U.S. Architectural & Tranportation Barriers Compliance Board.
This department has been renamed.
I think you are really asking for the minimum and maximum mounting heights for equipment to be accessed by someone in a wheelchair. These dimension depend on if the person can approach the device from the front or from the side while in the chair. From the guidelines: in a chair with front approach: 15" minimum, 48" maximum; in a chair with side approach: 9" minimum, 54" maximum. But please check these out. You can access the info at: http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm

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best regards,

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