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Old 07-05-2015, 09:43 AM   #21
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Regardless, not a good idea to lock any electrical box.
This begs the question, why are they made so they CAN be locked?

Look at the IMG's do note where many ARE built to be locked for one reason or another.

I think this one looks familiar.
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Old 07-05-2015, 09:49 AM   #22
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This begs the question, why are they made so they CAN be locked?

Look at the IMG's do note where many ARE built to be locked for one reason or another.

I think this one looks familiar.
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Generally they are made for "locking out" in case of need by maintenance. I agree with OC that locking it with your own padlock isn't the best idea. I'm in building operations and maintenance and so panels are locked at our building, but those that need access carry a key.

For this particular instance, I think the best option is for the OP to sell his portable unit and purchase a hard wired one with remote display. Safe from weather and thief's.

All just my opinion
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OP.Don't take this to far. What made you think of doing something like this?
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This begs the question, why are they made so they CAN be locked?

Look at the IMG's do note where many ARE built to be locked for one reason or another.

I think this one looks familiar.
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https://www.google.com/search?q=elec...l+outlet+panel

In case there is a short in the box.
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This begs the question, why are they made so they CAN be locked?...
To prevent unauthorized use.
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To prevent unauthorized use.
Have you ever seen one not being used locked?

I have not.
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Have you ever seen one not being used locked?

I have not.
Again. If there is a problem with the box they don't want someone using it. Commonly know as CYA
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Have you ever seen one not being used locked?

I have not.
Yes, @ several campgrounds over the years. Also seen water shutoffs and sewer connections padlocked. It does keep folks from hooking up where they are not supposed to.
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Why is it so hard to understand that if the box has a potential to electrocute or cause serious injury why would you not lock it??????????? Jeez folks
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Why is it so hard to understand that if the box has a potential to electrocute or cause serious injury why would you not lock it??????????? Jeez folks
We're talking about the box you open the door on to plug into. Any box with exposed terminals/wires should be screwed/locked shut of course. But to close and lock the power access, even locked from maintenance staff isn't a good idea. I know I'd cut the lock off of any I come across at work.
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