Code Question of The Day

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Question:

5 hours 45 minutes ago

Good Day Code Question.

I enjoy the daily questions and responses that cover a variety of topics. Very interesting. The question today is about switches. Can a single pole toggle switch bein installed in the horizontal position rather than the traditional vertical position?

Ben Ashford

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Question:

1 day 5 hours ago

Greetings Friends and thanks for your forum on the NEC.

Our question is about the maximum height of a service main disconnect switch. The main breaker on our building is 7 feet above the grade. I don't think it can be reached easily by some and it is locked in the on position. Doesn’t the Code require it be more accessible?

Thanks for any help.

Arron Wallace

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Question:

1 day 5 hours ago

Hello Arron,

Thanks for the comments. The maximum height for service disconnecting means is addressed in the NEC. Section 404.8 generally requires that these switches or circuit breakers be readily accessible and not installed more than 6 foot, 7 inches from grade level or the working platform to the center grip of the handle. There are three exceptions to this general rule, none of which apply to this service disconnecting means.

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