We have outside electrical box with no cover.

What type of cover can be made to cover the electrical box to keep the outside elements out of the box like rain.

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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 04, 2017
    Before you build anything decorative to enclose the electrical box (I'm assuming that it is the electrical panel/circuit box for the home) check first with either your municipality or your local fire department as to what the regulations are. I know that some municipalities have fire regulations against having a gas meter enclosed.
    Also check with your home insurance carrier to see if your insurance claim may be rejected if your exterior electrical box is fully enclosed.

    Is the present box not already weather resistent metal?

    • Pla8316703 Pla8316703 on Sep 04, 2017

  • William William on Sep 04, 2017
    A photo would help. The electrical box should be metal and weatherproof made for outdoor applications. Don't know what you mean no cover. Are the electrical connections and circuit breakers exposed?

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    • Pla8316703 Pla8316703 on Sep 04, 2017

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 04, 2017
    Make a waterproof Cover or Make a Cupboard for it....

  • Pla8316703 Pla8316703 on Sep 04, 2017
    What's a cup board? That what I want to have made is a water prof cover. looking for ideas.....
    Has no cover, box is metal., It's on outside wall of house on garage side. This was installed when we had a generator installed. Don't know why this type of box was used. We had another electrician that looked at generator and told us to put some sort of cover on that electrical panel box. We also have an electrical box inside the garage that controls the house when house built. Been telling my husband to do something, and he hasn't done anything in years. So I made a cover using garbage bags and duct tape. I need to redo it. Doves had made a nest on top of it last year. with raising my make shift cover, I good see an smell the dove poop

    • Pla8316703 Pla8316703 on Sep 04, 2017
      This is what is under my make shift cover of garbage bags and duct tape

  • William William on Sep 04, 2017
    That is an electrical transfer switch panel for the generator. Those are circuits that the generator will operate when your power goes out. It should have been mounted on the inside of the garage next or close to your house panel box. I'm surprised it passed code inspection. My only suggestion is to fabricate a box out of wood, metal, plastic that will cover it up from the weather. Eventually may consider to have it moved to the inside of the garage.

  • Ruth Ruth on Sep 04, 2017
    I would check with my local electrical company provider and find out what local statutes require as mentioned by another. I have seen some prefabricated electrical box covers/containers at Home Depot and Lowes. They may have a knowledgeable person in the electrical and plumbing section that can help you out. I would take a copy of your pictures with you so they know what is going on. It would also help to measure the height/width and depth of your electrical panel.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 05, 2017
    Thank you for posting the picture. This does clarify what the situation is.

    Oh my goodness, is this really outside, open to all the weather elements?!
    There isn't even sufficient carpentry trim around the panel to facilitate water run off and help prevent water from getting in behind the plastic! Furthermore, the former markings to identify the circuits are not clearly legible, and it looks like some of the switches are beginning to rust out, which is also unsafe.

    Do you know how long it has been like this? Who installed it? The installation is definitely not to code. Whoever installed it did not complete the job correctly. This whole unit should have been installed within a firm closing metal box that is specifically designed for exterior use.

    Any professionally licensed electricians worth their fee, put some sort of a label or sticker on the panel or inside the metal box, at work completion, identifying the name and contact of the company/individual who did the installation.

    Go now in person to your nearest fire station, taking this picture with you. The staff there should respect your concern and be able to advise you as to what you may need to do now to ensure that you are safe, and secondly, to see that the job is re-completed correctly to ensure safety in the future. They should also be able to refer you on to a reputable electrician if need be.