Published on January 8th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Breaker Box Cover

Materials: Nexus birch door

Description: When we bought the condo, there was an ugly assortment of items mounted on the wall near the front door (breaker box, security system pad and hardware box). These could not be moved. So, to cover them up I installed 1″ x 4″ fir boards vertically on each side of the mess using “L” brackets to create a side of a cabinet. Then, I mounted Nexus birch doors to the wood sides to cover it all up. I made sure the sides were well mounted to studs in the wall. It did not take long and matches the kitchen cabinets on the other side of the room. It was a simple solution to a very ugly problem.

~ Darcy Garneau, Seattle, WA

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5 Responses to Breaker Box Cover

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s not a matter of any inspector touring, it a matter that if any fire does happen that is electrical in nature, watch how fast an insurance company will NOT pay a claim because of something like this. People don’t understand that they have plenty of people these companies pay to come up with reasons not to pay claims.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s not so much concern over some building inspector stopping by your condo, but if anything were to happen, your insurance might not cover it. So, check your code, and inquire about your options.

  3. Anonymous says:

    depending on the voltage it is usually 18 to 36 inches…
    based on the fact that it is an apartment i would be 18 inches, but when is the last time some buidling inspector toured a condo.

  4. Anonymous says:


  5. Anonymous says:

    you might want to check with your condo association or an electrician. I’m pretty sure the wood surround over an electrical panel box violates code in most cities.

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