Converting Surface Mount Panel to Recessed?

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  1. Nate R

    Nate R New Member

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    My main panel is currently surface-mounted to an interior wall in our back porch with the feed from the meter coming in through the backside.

    Can I add lumber over the existing wall, re-run the wiring through the new lumber, while keeping the box in place, essentially making what was a surface mount box a recessed box? I'd like to be able to hide what would be exposed wiring in a wall, as the back porch area will eventually be visible from the kitchen.

    What code sections do I need to be looking at that deal with this specifically?
     
  2. jbfan74

    jbfan74 Electrical Contractor

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    Not a problem.
     
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  4. Alectrician

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    As long as the panel is within 1/4" of the finished drywall you are good.


    Also, it would be easier to notch the lumber around the existing wiring.
     
  5. Nate R

    Nate R New Member

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    Duh, didn't think of notching it! It's only there to hold up wallboard, so it doesn't need much.
    Thanks for the help!:D
     
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