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Hey guys running out of room to look for a dedicated room space for AV rack .. I was think of putting a 27U rack in the same closet as where my fuse boxes are stored.. would I run into any interference or noise from electrical? Please share your thoughts.

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I also have 2 more panels going in 1 switch for generator and panel for basement..

Every other wall is flushed with no other obstructions.. plain flat wall... sorry for bad lighting and pictures..
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I don't think you would have any electrical interference or noise: you certainly would have plenty of power available!

but there are electrical code clearance requirements you have to maintain for access to electrical panels

also not sure about proximity of rack to window: if window is open or broken, it could expose rack to rain or other damaging elements

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Doesn't look like it will fit. You should have 36" clear in front of the panelboard.

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+1 check codes for clearance to the sides and in front of a breaker box. Not sure if that closet is large enough for the breaker box, without the rack. I think it's thirty six inches in front of the panel and thirty inches side to side. It does not need to be centered in the thirty inch side to side space.

The AHJ would say no to a rack in the same closet as a breaker box, if the clearances are not met.

But, I have a similar issue with my mechanical room - not quite to code, with a sub panel breaker box near my rack, but it's almost enough space. Because it's close, I'm going to great lengths to make the rack mobile, with quick disconnect patches for all incoming cables. For speaker wires, I am planning on using Neutrik SpeakOn connectors.

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Thanks for the feedback, I was thinking the one with the rollers, so I can roll the rack out when needed.. all speaker wire will be banana plugged..
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Doesn't look like it will fit. You should have 36" clear in front of the panelboard.

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Residential requirements may be different than that of industrial (where I am more experienced) but the 36" requirement is only for objects that are ungrounded (like a stack of cardboard boxes). A grounded object needs 42" and if the object is another electrical panel the requirement is 48". I would think a rack of electronic gear would substantiate at least 42" of required service space.

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