I recently inspected a residence that had an ITE distribution panel with a new Siemens dead front. I’m assuming a Siemens dead front was used because the electrician couldn’t find an ITE dead front, and someone didn’t want to replace the entire panel. The problem was that the Siemens dead front was larger than the box, and only two screws (of six) lined up properly to secure the dead front. The top two and bottom two did not line up, and the electrician merely screwed them in to the drywall using wood screws. Needless to say, these four screws were holding nothing when I removed the dead front. The spacing and size of the breaker slots wasn’t perfect either, but it was good enough to allow access to all the breakers.
I tagged the panel, citing that the dead front needed to be fastened securely around its entire perimeter. My question is: is there some code that stipulates that the dead front must match the rest of the panel, i.e., Siemens with Siemens, Square D with Square D, etc.? Also, how about specific code addressing the ill-fitting dead front.?
The buyer asked me what I thought could be done to fix things. I told her I thought an electrician could mark the dead front where the screw holes are supposed to be, remove it, drill new holes in the dead front at those locations, and re-attach it to the box with proper screws in the four new holes and the two old ones. Anybody think that’s a good idea? I realize the ideal thing is to replace the entire panel, but the panel was perfect except for the mismatched dead front.
Thanks for any responses!