I want to build a wall around my electrical panel, which is mounted on
a piece of plywood (4' x 4') attached to a concrete wall in the
basement. Circuits exiting the panel are stapled to the plywood.
I've heard that people treat this type of obstacle as a window. I
could treat the plywood as the 'window', but that would leave an ugly
4' x 4' mess of exposed wires.
Alternately, I could treat the electrical panel as the 'window', such
that drywall would cover everything but the panel itself. I just
don't see how it is possible to do this...the wires around the panel
would interfere with framing, wouldn't they?
To complicate things, a couple of circuits are being added to the
panel, while some others may require temporary disconnection.
Presumably this would have to be done before I try framing the wall.
My 'contractor' suggested building the wall out an extra 6", and
having a recessed electrical panel...but that seems like an
unnecessary waste of space in an already cramped house.
Surely there are lots of people out there who have encountered this
problem. Any ideas would be appreciated!