On Mon, 26 May 2008 10:12:14 -0400 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
| There is really no limit to the length of SE cable "outside" the
| building. The limit "inside" is somewhat ambiguous in 230.70(A)(1) but
| should be as short as possible.
I knew there was no limit outside back then. So still not.
| 230.70(A)(1) Readily Accessible Location. The service disconnecting
| means shall be installed at a readily accessible location either
| outside of a building or structure or inside nearest the point of
| entrance of the service conductors.
The inside panel could not have been in any different location. Had it been
on the outside wall nearest the hole bringing the power in, it would have
actually been a longer run of unprotected cable, having to skip over a window
which could not be moved due to the exterior rear porch.
One of the problems with doing a service disconnect outside right at the
meter is that the ground bond has to be done there, and surge protection
needs to be done at the ground bond, but surge protection equipment often
cannot be put outside, or needs larger equipment. What one has to do is
design the house floor plan around things like electrical service entrance.
That house was designed by my mother, and she let the electrician figure
out where to put most of the electricals (she simply specified where major
appliances would be, and I specified locations in my own bedroom to ensure
they didn't get blocked by furniture).
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