I'm remodelling the kitchen in my condo and would like to rotate the
electrical panel (currently in the kitchen) so that access to the
panel is from the other side of the wall. The panel would stay in the
same location, all that's changing is the direction from which it is
accessed. Well, I'm sure that I'll actually need a new panel with
more circuits, but the access will be from the other side of the
wall. Rotating the panel will allow me to use that wall in the
kitchen, which opens a lot more design possibilities, such as moving
appliances and adding storage options. Does anyone know how difficult
a job that is, or how much it might cost, or have any other advice?
On Mon, 25 Feb 2008 09:12:51 -0800 (PST), quksilver
It could be easy, or difficult depending on all the things that we
don't know about the project. <g>
Generally, I'd say it is doable, you'll need an electrican to do the
removal of the old panel, and installation of the new one however.
I was able to do it myself.
I had to pull a permit, pay for it, but had to pass a ten question test
before I was able to complete the permit process.
Then it was a matter of being without power while the old panel was
disconnected by the electric company.
They worked with me doing this.
I could have been without power till the inspector came out to re-inspect.
(24 to 72 hours).
I was able to have them reattach the power then I reattached all the
Talk to your permitting office, they might just have a plan for the do it
But YOU must know what Electricity can do to you.
This is not childs play, and you really need to be sure you know wtf you are
If you have any questions, hire an electrician. They do this for a
My gut feeling what that if the OP had to ask the question he did, he
felt he was not technically able ot do the job. Hence my comment of
needing an electrican! <g>
In fact this (as you point out) is a complex job, so I hope he does
get some help in doing it--even if he just gets an electrican to
supervise and advise him. It could be one heck of a bang if he gets it
It's also in a condo, and they have their own rules requiring that
licensed, bonded professionals do this type of work (and there are
fees if you don't mind the rules!) :)
Thanks for all the advice. We'll see what the electricians have to
Given there are not code restrictions on the other side of the wall
its likely a simple job. Unless you are in a location with out of
sight electricians, it is probably a project that is not worth tryng
to do yourself. Given the panel is in the kitchen and on an interior
wall (i.e. more than 6' from the meter) there will likely be a
disconnect at the meter so the utility may not have to be involved at
all though technically a permit would be neccessary. Get a quote from
an electrician and unless the quote is out of sight high, they will
likely be able to do the job far cheaper (if you figure time, grief,
and worry) than you can.
Definately doable, and probably easily doable, call an electrician
unless you are very saavy with electrical work (in which case you
would likely not be asking for advice here).
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