I need to install 2 electrical boxes on existing steel siding. One box is a 13" meter box (ringless lever), and while I'm at it I want to leave room to install a solar panel disconnect switch box for a project next spring.
I'm afraid if I surface mount the boxes over the siding, it will look like crap. But to remove the siding from the top down seems like a lot of work; the contractors who installed it did a good job (even rivets along the top). There doesn't seem to be any siding seams along this wall. Difficult to see in the picture, but there is concrete block wall below the siding for about 6 inches.
I could also install to the left edge of this wall, it won't look any easier. If I install on the back wall of the garage, there are at least some seams, but some are pretty long.
The main panel needs to go pretty much behind this pictured wall due to obstacles inside the garage, but I can be flexible exactly where the meter is to some extent (external conduit runs within reason).
I've given some thought to putting them to the right of the door as that dimension is almost exactly the width of the meter box (even with the downspout in place). If needed, I do have some extra siding panels and J channels / trim the contractor left from the siding job a few years ago.
Can anyone think of other options?