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Jdarr2119 08-09-2013 06:30 PM

Moving a Breaker Panel
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we recently bought an older house and the breaker box is located in the master bathroom...we would like to move it to the opposite side of the wall in the kitchen so we can put a shower in the bathroom which is now just a half bath... How difficult would this be, it may only be about 2 feet difference?

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Ocean_Man 08-09-2013 10:17 PM

How many breakers? What size breakers? What voltage breakers?

Which way do your feeders come from?

Which way do your circuits go?

Hopefully everything comes from under or over the new location. Otherwise you have a lot of work.

Easy answer for someone who has never done it before is no, its not easy.

kok328 08-10-2013 07:20 AM

Here's the problem as I see it. You will have to extend the existing circuits to reach the new location.
You can't pull all new circuits through the house so you will have to splice on some extensions to reach the new location. All splices have to be accessible and enclosed in a metal box.
In summary, your splice box will be in your new bathroom and still in the way of the remodel job.
I would have to say that this being the case, the effort and cost is not worth the end results.

Ocean_Man 08-10-2013 07:37 AM

Unless the circuits all go down under the house or up into an attic. Then they can move the junction box down or up. But the feeders are the issue. If they are short and have to be extended the job goes up in complexity and $.

speedy petey 08-15-2013 04:55 AM

The whole job is a PIA. Without seeing the conditions on site it is impossible to say how much.
All the branch circuits and the entrance cable are the considerations. You may get lucky with some circuits and even the service entrance, but you will have to splice some circuits guaranteed.

Why not just flip the panel 180 degrees? You still have to take the whole thing apart and put it back together, but it's infinitely easier.

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