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Oct
15
comment What do I need for new home electrical service?
Tester101. the Square D box I listed has the 200 amp breaker, 8 slots, and feed through lugs which I would intend to use to feed teh distribution panel inside the house. The weird thing about this box (SC816D200C) is that it has a separate slot which can take up to a 50 amp breaker, it has reference to it being a disconect, and the slot differs from the 8 other slots which are intended for normal breakers. What the heck is up with that? It probably does not matter as the 200 amp breaker is a disconnect and I will use the other slots for outlets, etc.
Oct
15
comment What do I need for new home electrical service?
Thanks bcworkz. That is what I thought. teh 200 amp breaker is a disconnect. I will confirm this with the power company and or the inspector.
Oct
15
comment What do I need for new home electrical service?
Permanent. This is a rural install. The power company desires a meter and disconnect outside and PREFERs not to have it mounted on the house. I will use the meter/disconnect/loadcenter as a temp service while building. Later I will have the discconnect on teh post or pedestal and an outlet for outdoor use, I might also run a line for driveway lighting, and or run my well off of it.
Oct
13
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Oct
13
comment What do I need for new home electrical service?
Jay Bazuzi: Thanks. You bring up a good point. I am not sure what I really need in the box. Again, basically this is a rural install, teh pwr comp puts in the transformer 100+- feet from teh house, the home owner puts in a meter socket within five feet of teh transform with required disconnect. Beyond this there are no requirements. I intend to run the 100 ft to teh main panel in teh house. The only other requirement for me is teh ability to have one outlet at teh meter and maybe a lighting circuit. What is an adequate meter/service enterance box for this purpose?
Oct
13
comment What do I need for new home electrical service?
brad: where do you see what teh "law" is?
Oct
12
comment What do I need for new home electrical service?
Mikes: What is teh difference? IS and a breaker a discnnect?
Oct
12
comment What do I need for new home electrical service?
If anyone is an actual electrician and cares to devote any time to me, the panel I am looking at is a Square D "Homeline" Combination Service Entrance Device, Model Number SC816D200C (Google Home Depot "Electric Meter Socket). It has a meter socket on one side and breaker slots on the other side, Home Depot sells it for $137. Not sure the picture will be of much help. Thanks.
Oct
12
comment What do I need for new home electrical service?
Tester101: You say separate disconnect. As I say the service/meter panel is located 100 feet from the house. It has a 200 amp breaker. IT seems to me teh 200 amp breaker is a disconnect! As if you flip it the service panel and the distribution panel in the house would then be dead. No? Thanks.
Oct
12
comment What do I need for new home electrical service?
mikes: Thanks for your into. You mention the ability to kill power outside the house. Not sure if that is why the power company wants a disconnect near teh meter (which by the why is not on teh house but a stand-alone item 100 feet from teh house - this is rural) but the bigger question is, is the 200 amp breaker in the service panel the disconnect asked for or is there ANOTHER item which is the disconnect?
Oct
12
comment What do I need for new home electrical service?
tester101. It is a bit odd around here. We don't have a building department, but we do need to get a STATE electrical permit. There is no state office in town, so you need to get permits via mail or on-line. There are inspectors SOMEWHERE local (?). So I suppose I should see if I can figure out where they are and how to contact them. To be honests, I have heard stories about inspectors not being too happy about non-licensed-homeowners doing work and so I would hope to keep my questions to a minimum. So try to do my homework upfront. Thanks
Oct
12
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Oct
12
comment What do I need for new home electrical service?
What would such a 50 amp disconnect be wired too? IF teh 200 amp breaker is still live the the box is live and teh feed out of the box to the house would still be live. What am I missing here. Obviously, I have limited knowledge here, but again the main job here is setting the box and ground it. The power company hooks the power up and then when the house is build a feed is added later (via electrican, likely). But what is this special slot and would does the power company want?
Oct
12
comment What do I need for new home electrical service?
As for asking the power company ... heavy sigh.... The typical answer from power companies and boards like this (present, kind, company, excepted) is if you have to ask hire a professional. But I suppose I will do that. I wish I knew of a neighbor with a similar set-up to look at. The other odd thing is, the box I have purchased has the 200 amp breaker and then a seemingly special slot at the top which teh very brief instructions reference as a disconnect but oddly says it is limited to 50 amps. ???????
Oct
12
comment What do I need for new home electrical service?
The drawing from teh power compnay says disconnect. It does not say lock-out. I know in industrial setting they often have locks which can be attached to such devices so people down line can work without the risk of someone turng the power back on, but not in residental settings. And besides this is an outside meter, 100 feet from teh building, and there is nothing to "work" on between this disconnect and the main house breaker.
Oct
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