Service too close to a window?

The porch was an add on. Service appears too close to the window, and what about the service entry to the garage? Too low?



The incoming service over the window looks fine. I would be more concerned about it beside or below the window. Also if the addition was done with a permit, then the final responsibilty would be with the municipality.

As to garage, I am not sure whether the incoming line is an issue considering it is not a residence.

The windows looks ok; it doesn’t appear that someone can reach up through the window and grab the lines. Well at least not without considerable effort.

The drip loop on the garage doesn’t. That looks to be about 8’ or so. I would hate to be going in or coming out of that door with an aluminum ladder. The rest looks like it could be 12’ or so from the driveway, I am assuming the big area to the left is a car door. If not 12’, then it could be considered too low. Think about backing a moving truck up to the garage.

Raymond, do Canadian codes address service drops attached to residences only and not other structures? Just curious, as you made that distinction in your post.

Andrew yes the electrical code in Canada addresses service drops. I have heard stories where even 12’ is not high enough because the dump truck operator has left the container in the raised position.

Minimum line to ground clearances.

Public roadways 19.7 feet

  • commercial 1 industrial premises 19.7 feet
    -residential premises 14.8 feet
    Sundeck 8.2 feet
    Lawns - pedestrian only areas 14.8 feet

The strict interpretation of the rules requires special permission for service leads to cross over a sundeck. Such permission would not likely be granted unless the lines are at least 8.2 feet above the deck.

All open conductors are to be above the window. If they below or alongside the windor, or if they run in front of the window, they must be at least 39.37 inches away from the window. This applies to all windows even if they cannot be opened.

Firefighting operations requires ready access to and free movement on roofs. For this reason lines may not cross over buildings without special permission. Only roof overhangs may be crossed.





lol…sooo many GOOD electrical students…so little time…:slight_smile:

Larry K.;

You might want to check the NEC on the minimum height requirement on swimming pools. According to the on-line Electrical Course by NACHI, the height is 22 ft. 6 inches above and 10 feet horizontally. If that is correct, I guess the mini clips have to be updated. Right?

Marcel :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

Yes, I remember that from the course now that you mention it.

Anyone know how to fix that little guy?..

Here’s another:


Wish you guys would teach me this computer magic in posting these little thumb nails. I haven’t figured out on how to post a regular picture yet.
My little 3 year old Grandson will probably show me in a couple of years. ha. ha.

Marcel LOL:) :smiley: :slight_smile:

The yellow isn’t very bright but…


Marcel :cool:

Here ya go Marcel. This is where I learned recently.