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  • Writer's picturehenry barrios

Nails above electrical panels.

Updated: Sep 23, 2023

We recognize that electrical panels often clash with home decor and are typically situated in less-than-ideal spots on the wall. Many homeowners attempt to improve their appearance by concealing them, often using picture frames. However, a common and potentially hazardous mistake is driving screws or nails above the electrical panel to secure these frames.

This practice is perilous because these fasteners can inadvertently make contact with the electrical conductors hidden within the wall, leading to sparks, tripped breakers, or, more seriously, electric shocks. While electrical wiring should ideally follow a safe path, running vertically or horizontally next to wall studs, this isn't always the case, making such actions risky.

To ensure safety, it's essential to avoid placing screws or nails near electrical panels unless they are specifically designed for panel covers and possess blunt tips, reducing the risk of accidental contact with live electrical components.

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