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Need to know if my 1/0 wire will suffice

I have a warehouse in my property that I want to work in during summer. The closest meter is 600 ft away and which is 200amp(240v) single phase. There are 3 wires in PVC to that meter but not ...
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What is required to raise my electric meter? [closed]

I’m planning to do a 150 amp to 200 amp panel upgrade. The outside meter is underground fed, and is also about 30” on center above grade. Install was 1972 I’m hearing that the meter be deemed too low....
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What is the best way for pulling 3- 4/0 wires and bare ground through 2” conduit [closed]

Pulling 200 amp service from meter to panel
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I am converting an existing fuse panel to a junction box. How do I connect to the new service panel?

This is a tri-plex in central washington with outdoor fuse panels where I plan to use a multi meter pack and install outdoor 125 amp panels. I found another post titled "How do I convert a ...
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No neutral at electric meter

I'm runing power to a barn. I'm getting the power from my electric meter that powers the whole property. I ran conduit underground from meter pole to to a breaker box I installed in the barn. I ran 3 ...
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how to meter natural gas usage in a part of the home

I rent my basement out. It's currently heated via electricity. It's cold where I live, and my renter's electric bills are high. I'm thinking of installing a natural gas wall furnace in the basement. ...
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Openings in 3 phase distribution box cover?

I live in rural Indiana. I have a standalone woodshop. Since I have 3 phase equipment, I installed a converter and use a 3 phase distribution box to send power to each machine via a dedicated fused ...
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What is round box near water meter

What is round box near my water meter? I'm trying to increase the water pressure to my house, which was built in 2019. I know that the water pressure is lowered to my house and sometimes there's a ...
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Replacing MC panel with separate meter and service panel

I have a Siemens MC30 meter combo panel. I need to separate the meter from the service panel to allow a whole house generator transfer switch between the two. The only way I know to attack this is to ...
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Main Service Panel - Outdoor/200 amps

I am trying to do is pick out a service panel. MY requirements are. Meter on the Left, 4 jaw Ring, no bypass, outdoor, surface mount, 200 amp, Main Breaker, 8 breaker spaces Underground feed and Lower ...
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Thinking about replacing old fuse box. Looking for advice

In my detached workshop/garage, I have an old fuse panel servicing that building only. I am thinking about switching it out with a new small breaker panel. I have been reading everything I can find ...
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electric meter move advice

I am carrying out some major driveway works soon, but would like advice on what to do with the electric meter. The mains supply runs in the front of the property, goes into a garage there where the ...
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Consolidating two electricity meters?

Today, we got the keys to our new house. I was taking meter readings, when I spotted a note directing me to a second meter. This is located at the other end of the house, in it's own cupboard, with it'...
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Would an old bad main meter panel wear out a newer panel and breakers in house?

lights flickering,temporary power loss last few weeks. Scheduled main meter panel upgrade in a few days. This am half of house lost power w/o breakers tripping? Can the old meter panel wear out the ...
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How to install a insulation meter in panel

I want to install a fix insulation meter in a main switch board . There is lot of motors in the switch board . If there is a requirement of taking insulation we check all the motors one by one. Plz ...
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Are there any downsides to an Economy7 meter?

I believe my current electricity meter is faulty, and have scheduled an appointment with the Power company to come and inspect it. They've asked whether I want the replacement (if needed) to be Single ...
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Is there a missing ground wire in my pedestal service circuit?

I just had a electrical inspection stated 2 hot 1 neutral and one ground needed. I thought all of that was there. Here are the inspection forms. I have no clue what is wrong or what is correct.
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Why would I have i lost one leg on 240 after maintenance guy changed 100 amp disconnect at the meter

I was having trouble with my lights flickering, then the power went out totally. I checked the main breaker inside, and it was not tripped so I went out to the disconnect at the meter and found that ...
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What options exist when utility wire is too short to reach the meter?

Doing a meter box upgrade, underground service in 2" EMT entering bottom of box. My new meter box has about 12" distance from bottom case to lugs, which is about 3" longer than the old. ...
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Horizontal distance between drain pipe and meter base

I have a 3" cast iron toilet drain pipe that runs vertically inside the wall from a second floor bath down to the main drain under the house. I am putting a two gang meter base (it's a duplex) ...
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Can I wire a 200amp auto transfer switch from one metered service to two 100amp panels?

I have one metered service feeding two 100 amp panels separately one to the house then one to the garage. Can I install a 22kw generator and use one transfer switch for both 100 amp panels?
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One meter (200A service) feeding two main electric panels 100A ea, is it legal?

In preparation for a grid tied PV solar installation, we noticed that we have two breaker panels 100A ea fed by one meter. See picture. In the past the house was two units two meters, but it was rehab ...
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What do the flashing rates on an Elster REX2 electric meter signify?

Our electric service (USA) is metered with an Elster REX2 digital smart meter. There is a main display area that cycles through some lines of information, most importantly the total energy used. Below ...
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What type of outdoor breaker/disconnect for two buildings?

I am going to be building a larger garage. I am looking to put a 200amp service in the building. I had the power company come out and check my feeder lines and confirm that I had sufficient service ...
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How can a "class 320" service legaly/safely supply two 200 amp panels?

I have a "class 320" service with a single 320A meter that feeds two 200A main panels in parallel. USA, Evergy (formerly KCPL), Built 2014 How can a 320A service safely supply 400A of downstream ...
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Should Neutral and Earth be bonded at the meter instead of in the main panel(s) with tandem 200A main panels

In my 2014-built United States mainland home, I have two side-by-side 200A panels. They both have a 200A main breaker. One really neat thing this let me do is have two lighting circuits in the ...
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What determines which heat energy meter is mine in a duplex?

I am specifically referring to meters for heat/AC energy. Our duplex has two meters, but when I went to submit our reading and create our account it said that the one with the lower reading was not ...
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Is service entrance cable rated for outdoor use without rigid conduit?

I need to replace the service line for 200A service and the current line is just fastened to the exterior wall with straps. It does terminate at a service head but the rest is unprotected, including ...
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Water line runs 600 feet from meter to gate of property?

Would there be a benefit if I have a 1" meter that is 600 feet away from property to up size the pipe from 1" to 1 1/2" pipe?
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Should the steel pipe from the gas meter into a home have foam insulation like an exposed water pipe?

A neighbor put rubber foam insulation on the exposed length of steel pipe from the meter into the house . Is this a good idea ?
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Meter Panel Ground

I am trying to have "cable" installed. The installer clamped on to the "ground" cable on the outside of my building and read 0.5 to 3.3 amps, so he would not install cable until the reading is less ...
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Electrical meter ampacity rating

A given meter shows it is rated "120V 15(100)A". Why are there two amp ratings one being in parentheses? Is this meter rated 15 or 100A or both? When do the 15A apply, and when do the 100A?
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Apartment's Hallway Lights Controlled By My Unit's Circuit Breaker

I manually flipped a breaker before doing work in my bathroom and noticed that the apartment hallway light is controlled by my unit's circuit breaker. Does this mean that I get billed for the hallway ...
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ok to run PVC pipe behind gas meter?

I am considering installing a radon mitigation pipe system in my home, but the only area where I could reasonably have the pipe exit my home is crammed with all my other utilities. The best spot I've ...
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Need to understand my home electrical meter to see why bill is so high and/or if neighbor is on same meter

I would like to know how to understand my digital home electrical meter. This picture shows what my home meter CURRENTLY reads. I intend to unplug everything in my tiny apartment in order to get ...
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How to mount meter base to cedar siding on old house

I'm in the process of rewiring my small 1910 home. The utility company has requested I move my meter to the front of the house. I plan on mounting my service panel on the inside of the house, directly ...
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Wiring meter to plug on neutral circuit breaker

I am adding a new service to my pole barn. Plan to have 200 amp service. Bought a square d plug on neutral breaker box. Using 4/0 4/0 4/0 2/0 service entrance cable (aluminum). I know where to place ...
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What size meter socket

I am putting new 100 amp service to my garage. Do I use only 100 amp meter socket or can I use a 125 amp
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Electrical design for a house with an ADU, solar, and backup generator

I recently moved into a fixer-upper house, and have some questions about how to go about (re)designing the electrical system in a way that meets my somewhat unique timeline and site requirements. ...
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Combo panel upgrade: meter questions

I would like to update my main electrical panel from 12/24 space-circuits to 30+ I currently have an EATON BR 125-amp with 4-jaw ring meter socket (MBE1224B125BTS) which is inside the attached garage ...
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What could cause unexpected high water usage?

An apartment water meter has been running high for the last three months for no apparent reason. It's now about 3,000 gallons higher than normal. The meter registers slow continuous usage - even ...
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Wire adjacent to water line.

In redoing the house I'm working on (to live in) I've finally gotten to the point to start Plumbing. The house has not had running water in at least a couple of years. I was going to replace the ...
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How should I connect this meter to my power inverter?

Is there anyone here knows how to install this on an inverter? I haven't been able to locate an instruction manual. Top Picture grabbed from the internet . Actual picture of unit I have
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How can I read this GE type I-55-S electric meter?

Should I just round to the closest number on each dial? Is the reading 3708 kWh?
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What happens if CT ratio entered wrong in 3phase meter

I have HT connection with PREMIER 300 - SECURE METER, CT operated at 5:2.5. But in the meter, the ratio is showing 1 instead of 0.5. My question is whether the ratio matters or not.
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Electric Meter Runs Backwards

The service for the site was recently upgraded from 200 amps to 400 amps service. The sub-panels were re-run from the new panel. There are now a 200 amp panel, and two 100 amp panels. I decided ...
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How do I read *instant* wattage draw from my spinning-disc electric meter?

I have the old school electric meter with the (far too rapidly) spinning disc. I already know how to read five little clock faces for cumulative KWH. I want to know the instantaneous kilowatts my ...
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How can I determine if my neighbor is hooked into my meter?

I have several reasons to believe somebody is stealing my power. I decided to flip all the breakers... and behold my next door neighbor's exterior garage light turns off then comes back on but ...
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Electric Meter jumpers

I had an electrician come out to install a sub-meter. The city has not sent me a meter box, not sure why this was done out of order, so the electrician could not actually finish the line. This meter ...
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How can I meter power usage by an on-demand electric hot water heater?

I am installing a radiant heat system alongside a rocket mass heater. I want to compare the cost of operating each. For the radiant heat system, an on-demand electric hot water heater is being used. ...
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